Fields of Application
Long-term PLC process data recording
Determine cause of production loss / waranty case
Objective inspection of operating parameters
Preventive maintenance / Condition monitoring
System documentation, QA, TPM, QEE, CMS
BLACKBOX 3: compact, rugged, various interfaces
The new BLACKBOX 3 from AUTEM provides an ultra-compact data acquisition computer for the long-term recording of PLC signals and external electrical values (PLC process data archiving) and also remote maintenance using the PLC-ANALYZER pro 5. Due to its small dimensions, the system can be integrated in a switching cabinet without any problem. The service technician can also conveniently transport the system to the customer in a suitcase (aircraft).
The BLACKBOX can continuously record and archive processing data (several hundred signals) over a longer period of time; typically, in excess of 3 years.
The BLACKBOX automatically begins recording signals after being switched on and then operates autarkically.
This kind of continuous recording is relevant for system and machine manufacturers and users because the data obtained is applicable for localizing faults as well as documenting operating behavior of a machine.
Maintenance, construction and quality assurance get valuable information concerning the system.
The recorded data also serves as incorruptible evidence in searching for the cause and the elimination of faults and the clarification of warranty claims.
The BLACKBOX can also be used as a condition-monitoring-system (CMS).
It is connected to the PLC by means supported by the PLC-ANALYZER pro 5, i.e. via connection to the PU interface or automation network (MPI, PROFIBUS, Ethernet TCP/IP / PROFINET, Modbus+ …).
A simultaneous data acquisition from several - also different - PLCs is possible.
The optionally available AD_USB-Box® (Part.-No. ANA5510E) even enables the additional, simultaneous acquisition of external electrical measured values, which are not available in the plc.
BLACKBOX 3: interfaces rear side
The power supply for the BLACKBOX is 9 ~ 30 V DC. An external AC mains power supply (100 ~ 240 V AC) is also provided in the scope of delivery).
If necessary, a keyboard, mouse and display can be connected to the BLACKBOX. The device has 4 fast USB 3.0 ports. A particularly sophisticated feature is remote operation from any PC via a LAN connection. The remote software and an appropriate 3 m LAN patch cable for a directly connection are scope of delivery of the BLACKBOX. It is also preconfigured for remote control via a modem or Internet (VPN).
The BLACKBOX can be installed in the machine permanently or temporarily. Via remote control it is possible to access the recorded signal data for analysis and evaluation - even during running data acquisition.
The BLACKBOX is optimized for autarkical stand-alone operation. An integrated Watchdog ensures that the BLACKBOX is automatically rebooted in the case of a recording fault. The operating status of the BLACKBOX can also be requested at any time from outside by a floating contact („LIFE-INDICATOR“). Extensive operating informations can be transferred by E-mail / SMS - optional also via GSM-modem - („REMOTE-STATUS-INDICATOR“).
The high degree of operational reliability enables a practically continuous recording of signals over several years. When the storage capacity of the internal hard disk has been reached, the oldest signal file is automatically deleted to create space for new signal data.
The system is delivered ready to use with PLC communication adapter and software license PLC-ANALYZER pro 5 for BLACKBOX (base module + plc-driver(s). Bundles for different PLC systems are available.