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The IIoT-SmartNode - A Modern IIoT Platform for Unified Systems Integration, Real-Time Condition Monitoring, Wireless Sensing and Remote Operational Control

IMACHINE ACORN SmartNode Platform - the smart wireless industrial automation, condition monitoring, and real-time edge computing solution that fully automates major elements of your industrial operation, giving you highly secure, fully encrypted web based visibility and control from anywhere in the world, anytime.

 

The ACORN SmartNode platform and solution, can be customised and delivered for a wide array of applications, with proven field experience in the following applications for the Mining, Quarry, Chemical Process, Energy and Mineral/Resource Sectors:

  • Remote operations monitoring and asset management;

  • Remote process control and industrial automation, including web based SCADA, HMI and Edge Computers with built-in PLC;

  • Remote vehicle and heavy mobile machinery (trucks, loaders, dump trucks, drilling & blasting, tankers) multifunctional IIoT;

  • Vehicle and heavy mobile machinery GPS tracking, speed/direction, mission or path planning, oil and fuel levels, ECU integration;

  • Vehicle and worker safety systems (Object Detection & Collision Avoidance), vehicle cliff edge detection system;

  • Vehicle to process (V2P) and vehicle to everything (V2X) wireless IIoT, with mission critical automation for loading and unloading;

  • Remote vehicle payload automation and control, i.e. haulage and dump truck payload volumetric scanning and measurement;

  • Wireless gas and leak detection for industrial plants in hazardous areas (HA) or non-hazardous areas (NHA);

  • Remote and wireless condition monitoring of fixed plant and equipment (motors, machines, turbines, pumps, boiler, process)

  • Covering all bases of the five key elements of condition monitoring, which are:

  1. Data collection - using iMachine's innovative wireless IIoT-SmartNode devices and a large array of 3rd party integrations;

  2. Data analysis & logic control - using iMachine's large array of algorithms for analysis of failure modes and safety issues;

  3. Alert generation - alarms and actions, workers alerted via email, SMS, HMI touchscreen and remote control centre (ROC);

  4. Maintenance planning - use data analysis, logic driven reminders, routine and smart maintenance notifications and alerts;

  5. Continuous improvement - data driven decisions on plant, site and equipment optimisation, upgrades and debottlenecking;

  • Data collection involves gathering information from sensors or monitoring devices. Data analysis software, then analyses the collected data for abnormal patterns. These wireless sensors include:

    • Oil quality and condition analysis;

    • Infrared thermography condition analysis;

    • Acoustic condition analysis;

    • Process condition analysis (analytical, chemical, temperature, flow, level);

    • Vibration condition analysis;

  • Environmental monitoring (weather, humidity, rain, wind speed and direction, dust levels, air quality, stack emissions);

  • Remote tank level gauging, pump, valve, actuator and process control;

  • Remote IP camera connectivity and monitoring, including AI vision system analysis for safety and security.

  • Operator alert systems, including email, SMS and local audible and visual alarming.

 

Highly secure, fully encrypted, Industrial Internet of Things technology, built with mission critical grade hardware and software, providing a scale-able solution you can trust. Weatherproof, modular and rugged, with options for IEC-Ex certified Hazardous Areas (EEHA) equipment solutions, for safe and reliable monitoring and control, even in the most challenging applications.

Improve industrial process control, automation, safety and maintenance. 

Reduce downtime and drive higher ROI in your Hazardous Areas and

mission critical operations.

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IMACHINE's range of premium Australian designed and manufactured, modular all-in-one IIoT technology offers robust, precise, sophisticated real-time monitoring and automatic wireless mesh network control. This innovative Industrial IoT platform is suitable for a wide range of energy and resources, process and environmental applications, with IECEx Hazardous Areas options available.

The IoT-SmartNode is a modular, advanced, wireless mesh network developer platform (PAAS) for flexible, long range and fast sensing and control, with Gateways that backhaul via Satellite, 4G, WiFi and Ethernet.  Gain highly inter-operable site-wide and inter-site process unification. Perform Real-Time monitoring, analytics and control wirelessly. 

 

The ACORN SmartNode Platform can be customised with the following modular functions:

  • Centralised Edge Computing, Radio and Communications Hardware System;

  • Centralised IIoT Software Platform, allowing a rich array of web enabled dashboards, protocols and integrations. Ability to integrate with all major industrial protocols, including MQTT, MODBUS (TCP & RTU), CAN, TCP/IP, UDP, and many more;

  • Centralised Control System Software, consisting of CoDeSys based PLC, SCADA and HMI and IMACHINE's Edge computing aggregation and connectivity software;

  • Wireless Sensor Networks, with self contained mesh network, battery powered nodes and optional solar power;

  • Scaleable Remote IO modules, allowing up to 32 nodes per gateway and over 1000 IO;

  • A wide array of instrumentation and controls can be supplied pre-configured and pre-fabricated;

  • Optional IEC-Ex certification on packaged systems for deployment within Hazardous Areas;

IMACHINE can manufacture standardised, configurable hardware and software, that can be installed and maintained in house, or a custom engineered solution, including apps, dashboards and GUIs, involving rapid prototyping through to high volume manufacture. We have a training program that can train in house technicians and engineering staff on the operation and maintenance of the platform. Feel free to reach out and talk to one of our engineers to discuss your requirements. 

To contact us regarding your Industrial IoT, Wireless Condition and Process Monitoring or Automation and Process Control Engineering solutions, please fill in the contact form below and we will respond:

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To learn more about Industrial IoT and Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) - read on.

Industrial IoT just got a whole lot faster!

  • All-in-One advanced Programming Platform for Real-Time Wireless Monitoring, Remote Control and Automation.   

  • Intelligent Edge Processing - with a Drag and Drop Flow Programming Editor for advanced users.

  • Complete application development, inter-operability and cloud integration capability.

  • Develop GUI's, notifications and automation functions. Securely access, update and support your IIoT system with our technical team from anywhere in the world!

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ACORN SmartNode - "Modular Building Blocks for Advanced Industrial IoT"

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"THE MUSCLE" - HARDENED REAL TIME OPERATING SYSTEM (RTOS) MCU

The ACORN IoT SmartNode range of wireless sensor network, edge computing and gateway nodes, forms a highly inter-operable and modular platform, powered by an advanced ARM Cortex M4 IoT-Core MCU, with hardened RTOS for industrial control, with plugin modules for LoRa, LoRaWAN, Zigbee 2.4GHz, Zigbee 900MHz, 3G/4G, WiFi, Bluetooth and soon onto the market - NBIoT. The ACORN comes with 6 industrial IO onboard (2 x DI, 2 x DO, AI with 0-5V / 0-10V / 4-20mA, high speed pulse input) and has expansion modules, covering almost any type of IO, allowing up to 36 IO in one unit and 1000s of distributed wireless IO nodes, meaning you can replace an RTU or DCS/PLC systems with state of the art IoT hardware.

"THE BRAIN" - POWERFUL & INTEGRATED SINGLE BOARD COMPUTER / GATEWAY

The ACORN IoT SmartNode has a plug-in slot for a single board computer, that fits within the weatherproof housing, allowing you to program sophisticated control applications, gateway to cloud and remote servers, run sophisticated AI/ML and Neural Network algorithms for control or edge processing and many more features. You can run DAYTECH's drag and drop "flow programming" tool for GUI, dashboard and automation app development! This also allows you to access, program, configure and control your applications locally via WiFi/Bluetooth with the GUI from your PC/Smartphone/Tablet, or remotely via WiFi, or 3G/4G (plug-in required) with VPN or cloud integrated solutions.

"THE COMMUNICATION SKILLS" - RS232/485, CAN BUS, MODBUS, UART, I2C, SPI

The ACORN IoT SmartNode can not only walk the walk, it can talk the talk! For fully inter-operable IIoT solutions, you need the flexibility to communicate with a myriad of devices and other platforms. We've packed the ACORN full of communications ability, not only wireless protocols such as WiFi/Bluetooth/Zigbee/LoRa, Cellular 3G/4G but also comes standard with RS232/485, CAN Bus, UART, I2C and SPI. We can factory configure GPS, SDI-12, MODBUS-RTU, MODBUS-TCP or a plethora of other protocols, set us a challenge!

"THE POWER" - MAINS 230VAC, 12VDC, 24VDC, EXPANDABLE BATTERIES, SOLAR

The ACORN IoT SmartNode can be powered from 230VAC with a plugpack, or directly to DC with a wide range 12-28VDC input range. It has an onboard solar battery charging IC for sophisticated and safe solar power charging or up to 2 x Lithium Ion 3Ah battery packs per node, for seriously long life remote operation. The node features 12VDC outputs and 24VDC optional output to power, control and monitor sensors and actuators, wireless and from battery/solar power. Intelligent sleep modes allow you to expand battery life and shut down individual modular units of the node and externally powered sensors/actuators as required.

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Modular Wireless Mesh / Star Networks and Gateways

Daytech's ACORN IoT-SmartNode range of wireless sensor network, edge computing and gateway nodes, is a modular mesh network solution allowing you to remotely monitor, control and integrate thousands of devices. Being highly modular, we can factory fit various communication and sensing modules to the ACORN IoT SmartNode. 

 

Choose from 3G/4G/WiFi gateways and Zigbee 900 PRO mesh solutions, which have an estimated outdoor range of up to 14.5km LOS range. Zigbee and WiFi each have their own unique advantages and suit different applications. Contact us to discuss your application, for a technical consultation with one of our engineers to determine the best option for your application.

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Highly Scale-able & Expandable with Plenty of IO

The ACORN IoT-SmartNode comes with 6 industrial IO onboard (2 x DI, 2 x DO, AI with 0-5V / 0-10V / 4-20mA, high speed pulse input) and has hardware connectable plug-in expansion modules, covering almost any type of IO, allowing up to 36 IO in one local unit and 1000s of distributed wireless IO nodes, meaning you can replace an RTU or DCS/PLC systems with state of the art IoT hardware.

The ACORN IoT-SmartNode is housed in a rugged IP65 enclosure, with external earthing point, 2 gland entries and spring loaded DIN rail mount - for weatherproof outside applications or installation inside other enclosures. The nodes have an outdoor range, from 2km-15km LOS (Line of Sight) and with Zigbee Self Healing Mesh Modules, each node can be configured to be a router or end node, allowing limitless extension of the network range, via multihop, when using wireless mesh protocols. The Gateway Node will co-ordinate the system and be your access from the internet to the PAN (Personal Area Network).

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Optional Comms Modules - WiFi, 3G/4G, Zigbee

The ACORN IIoT Edge Intelligence Platform

Access Dashboards via Cloud, Web-Server or local WiFi Hotspot on your Smartphone, Tablet or PC - Perform Control and Monitoring!

The ACORN IoT-SmartNode empowers you with a world class, real-time, reliable and secure Industrial IoT platform, what will you create?

  • Perform sophisticated control and monitoring via a drag and drop app building platform.

  • Access your apps and GUI for configuration and process control via cloud, web server or locally via WiFi hotspot. Remote access your ACORN IoT-SmartNode anywhere, anytime!

  • Web based, light weight and cross platform UI and Dashboards, view your dashboards locally or remotely from anywhere in the world, on any tablet, PC or Smartphone with no special software required. 

  • Secured and safe with encryption, firewalls and password protection.

  • Integrate with many other systems using the "ControlMesh API" or protocols such as MQTT, COAP, HTTP, JSON or direct to SQL, CSV, XML and many other integrations. 

  • Get notifications via email, SMS, or even Twitter for sensor and equipment data or system diagnostics such as battery life, signal strength, communication timeouts and more.

  • Digital Clone or 'digital twin' capability - digital representation of the physical sensor and equipment.

  • Interoperability to most types of control systems, sensors, motors, actuators, process equipment, or even vehicles.

  • With the Single Board Computer "The Brain", the ACORN can perform sophisticated edge computing with Artificial Intelligence at the edge, in the cloud or both. 

  • Further to point to point, star or mesh network monitoring and control, you can back-haul your data through WiFi, 3G/4G for a remote monitoring and control solution.

  • Integrate your sensor data and automatically control your devices via Touchscreens/HMI/PLC/SCADA or Cloud and app solutions - the only limit is your imagination!

 

The ACORN Modular IoT Platform is not your typical IoT system. With the MCU "The Muscle" running a rugged RTOS for communications and IO control it has the ability to integrate with or replace, tired old control systems, such as PLCs and RTUs. 

 

With Rugged wireless SmartNodes for fully self contained edge intelligent monitoring and control, combined with the UI flexibility of cloud and web server based IoT databases, digital twins and Dashboards - the only limit is your imagination!

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