Beckhoff Introduces TwinCAT IoT Communicator for Data Exchange with Publish/Subscribe Mechanism

Press Release Summary:

The TwinCAT IoT Communicator simplifies communication between PLCs and mobile devices by connecting the PC-based TwinCAT controller. The transmitted process data can be viewed on mobile devices via IoT Communicator App and the app includes an integrated QR code scanner that facilitates entry of access data for communication between broker and individual user. The device visualizes live data, variables and status values.


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TwinCAT IoT Communicator Provides Secure Transfer of Process Data to Mobile Devices

Beckhoff app for tablets and smartphones uses TLS encryption and MQTT protocol to enable easy mobile device integration

SAVAGE, Minnesota, September 6, 2018 – The TwinCAT IoT Communicator makes it easy for PLCs to communicate with mobile devices by connecting the PC-based TwinCAT controller directly and securely to a messaging service through TLS encryption. For smartphone and tablet users, the associated IoT Communicator App from Beckhoff ensures that process data can be represented on all mobile devices in a clear overview. Alarms are sent to the device as push messages.

The TwinCAT 3 IoT Communicator exchanges data using a publish/subscribe mechanism. Since no special firewall settings are needed, integration into an existing IT network is easy. Information is exchanged via a message broker that uses the standardized MQTT protocol and acts as a central messaging service in a cloud or local network. A high level of communication security is guaranteed by proven TLS encryption (up to version 1.2).

Transmitted process data can be displayed on mobile devices using the IoT Communicator App, which is available for both Android and iOS operating systems. The IoT Communicator App also incorporates an integrated QR code scanner to facilitate entry of access data for communication between the broker and individual users.

The TwinCAT IoT Communicator simplifies the transmission of push messages in industrial applications. It offers a number of advantages over conventional email and SMS messages by visualizing live data, variables and status values. This makes the IoT Communicator an ideal addition to the related TwinCAT IoT and TwinCAT Analytics software products.

TwinCAT IoT Communicator

TwinCAT IoT Communicator App

Beckhoff Automation is a provider of advanced and open automation solutions based upon proven technologies for customers to implement high-performance control systems faster and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. Beckhoff’s “New Automation Technology” product range includes PC-based control, industrial PCs, automation controllers, operator interfaces, I/O, servo drives and motors. With representation in more than 75 countries, Beckhoff is well-positioned to provide global sales and service to its customers. Beckhoff sales and service are handled directly, with no intermediaries involved for exceptional customer service and consultation.

Media Contact:

Shane Novacek

Beckhoff Automation

Phone: 952-808-6515

s.novacek@beckhoff.com

Twitter: @BeckhoffUSA

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