On Sunday 24 April, this year's Hannover Fair opened under the theme "Integrated Industry – Discover Solutions". For five days it’s all about the industry 4.0.
The worldwide importance of this topic in the future is shown by the visit of US President Obama, who opened the exhibition together with Chancellor Merkel.
Matching to the start of the Hannover Messe Round Solutions publishes a solution to prepare companies for the industry 4.0: The RS485 Modbus board for industrial data communication.
As a stand-alone version it is freely programmable thanks to its own microcontroller from the PIC32MX series from Microchip. Machine data can be read directly on the PC, by using it as a RS485-USB adapter.
As an extension board it adds a RS485 interface with Modbus compatibility to the PingPong IoT Board. Machine data such as status and error messages can be sent directly to the cloud. An alarm function ensures that security arrangements can be made as soon as a machine reaches or exceeds a critical value.