My Name is Simon Kemper and I am the founder and CEO of Datacake. We build software for the internet of things and focus on industrial integration. Our main product is gistry.io - an all-in-one cloud platform for smart industrial machines like welding machines, fume/dust extractors, air compressor, sensor devices and many more.
One of our jobs is to give customers advices how to retrofit / update already existing hardware - or how to build new products based on IoT tech.
We often ended up using Particles great Electron and right after the launch of the E Series we came up with an idea of turning it into a industrial module for the DIN-Rail - or “Hutschiene” - that’s how we call those modules in Germany.
Basically the concept is divided into two modules:
1. The CPU Module
- does all the communication
- based on the Particle E Series
- basic connection for interfacing with PLCs / Sensors or other hardware using:
- RS485 + RS232 - optional CAN-Bus
- comes with 1x Analog-Input / 1x Digital-Input / 1x Digital-Output (24V or 230V AC using Relay)
- 12V/24V DC Power Supply
- Status-LEDs + Particle RGB-LED
- Push-Buttons for Reset + Mode
- SD-Card Slot for Data-Logging
- Extension-Connector (I2C, SPI, GPIOs, Power)
2. One or More I/O Modules
which integrate industrial peripherals using Relays / analog or digital In- our Outputs, and so on…
- Concept based on I2C Port Expanders
- I/Os can be individualized
- Communication between module is done using a Module-Connector:
- Modules can be easily connected directly on the DIN-Rail without the use of wires.
I would like to share to concept to get feedback and advices as well as answers to a few questions:
- Someone here that is interested in such a module? We will have test-units we want to share with interested people - just leave us a comment what you would use this module for
- Feedback about the concept of the CPU-Module -> Is the I/O-configuration enough to leave the CPU-Module a stand-alone product?
- What are your mostly-needed I/Os? Count?
- What is missing? Especially for a given use-case?
- What could be your unique selling point?
Many thanks in advance for any feedback!