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ifm edgeDevices – the answer to many of your digitisation questions

Edge devices are network components located at the “edge” of the network topology. From an IT infrastructure perspective, they are the access points to automation networks, known as OT (Operational Technology) networks. The aim is to exchange data between the very different IT and OT networks while at the same time avoiding mutual interference. Primarily, edge devices are used to make data and information from the automation environment, i.e. from sensors, PLCs and other automation components, available in the IT environment. ifm edgeDevices also perform several other important tasks, such as data pre-processing, reducing data volumes and analysing data streams. For this, ifm offers two different approaches - the edgeGateway and the edgeController - which are both optimised for specific requirements.

The edgeGateway

The edgeGateway consistently follows the idea of Plug & Play and impresses with its very simple and intuitive handling: unpack, switch on - and after a tiny bit of configuration via web interface or via the 12.3 inch display, the edgeGateway will communicate with your cloud system. The great advantage: The edgeGateway captures your plant's IO-Link data and automatically converts it into value and units before transmitting it to the IT level. This provides you with readable information for computer-aided evaluation right from the start.

The edgeController

The edgeController combines convenient connection of the system infrastructure to the IT level with the universal quality of a freely programmable system. This means: This device also provides your IT infrastructure with IO-Link data as readable value and unit information. Moreover, it offers all the freedom you need to integrate the edgeController with precision into your system. You alone decide whether the device in your application will act as a cloud connector, a visualisation system or even a control system.