VOTE: Plant Engineering 2020 Product of the Year

Posted by Nick Schiltz on December 2

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Our GraceSense™ ControlGate was entered into the Plant Engineering 2020 Product of the Year awards program and has officially been nominated as a finalist in the Asset Management Category! The ControlGate is part of our Predictive Maintenance System suite of IIoT smart devices which also includes another Plant Engineering 2019 Product of the Year winner; the Vibration & Temperature Node. Today, you can help us bring home the gold medal for our ControlGate by casting your vote here!

ControlGates are aptly named as the gateway into the control system from the rest of your wireless IIoT system. This is a unique capability that many industrial users want so they can have all of their data in one place, including their SCADA/DCS/Control systems. ControlGates have a variety of wireless communication options, including WiFi, LTE, and Zigbee, and control integration options, including EtherNet/IP™ and Modbus TCP/IP, based on the preselected configuration.

ControlGates provide support to wireless nodes within a 30m radius. These nodes can be dedicated to specific applications, like our Field Mount Vibration and Temperature Node. They can also be configurable Panel Mount Nodes that can accept a variety of sensor inputs, such as Current, Temperature, Pressure, Flow, Fluid Level, Humidity, and more.

Ease of integration into the control system was a key design concept to allow users to quickly adopt into their system. The system can be dynamic with a variable amount of connected wireless nodes, yet the provided integration tools make what once was difficult to a very simple installation with integration times of less than an hour. This is all done while having the option to still use the Maintenance Hub cloud offering to visualize data, send out automated alarms and alerts based upon user-defined criteria, and more.

We're thrilled to have another one of our Predictive Maintenance System IIoT smart devices recognized by Plant Engineering for their contributions to the future of Asset Management. Please consider voting and we look forward to the upcoming awards season!

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ICYMI: We had a wild turnout for our session at Automation Fair at Home with Andy Zimmerman, Chief Technology Officer of Grace Technologies. Integration of IIoT Devices with your Allen-Bradley PLCs over EtherNet/IP generated a great deal of interest so we reshot it and you can now watch it on-demand:

About this session: Most facility owners are constantly challenged with this question: What should I do with my existing equipment and systems in my digital journey with smart devices? We will show you how to make the best use of your existing systems with EtherNet/IP.

Stay safe and have a great week!

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Topics: HumpDay Blog Entry, Reliability, Predictive Maintenance, ROKLive, IIoT, Predictive Maintenance System, Vibration Analysis, GraceSense, Rockwell Automation, Automation Fair

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