Wireless Modbus Sensors & Condition Monitoring – The Best of 2 Worlds !! Combining Phantom Wireless Sensors with an Industry Standard such as Modbus!!
Erbessd Phantom Wireless Sensors include now Modbus TCP/IP which is a widely known and used universal communication protocol for industrial applications. Thus, making them compatible with any PLC, Scada system or any other Modbus TCP/IP communicating software.
What is Modbus TCP/IP?
Modbus is the most important Standard for Industrial Communication Protocol. Modbus is an open source protocol and works under the Master/Slave model; thus, it has been adopted as a standard communication for sensors in the industry. Modbus TCP/IP is a particular variation of the original version (Serial and RTU) that communicates over a standard network, making Phantom Wireless Sensors so easy to connect to one or many targets. Additionally, Modbus TCP/IP allows for multiple masters to read from the slaves, which opens a big window for many applications in the field.
The signal from the Phantom sensors is encrypted which ensures the reliability of the information and the security of your data.
Modbus Sensors Available
A big variety of sensors are available for immediate installation such as:
- Current / Power
- General purpose such as
- Liquid Level
- Phase Meter
- 4-20 mA sensors
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Why Wireless Modbus TCP/IP?
Modbus is a very easy to learn protocol and also a widely accepted communication standard. Additionally, it is an open source protocol which makes thousands of API’s to be available in the internet for every single programming language. Modbus is very easy to use and to integrate in any existing network.
On the other hand, Modbus over TCP/IP is very reliable, meaning it does not need to be set in network. Any master will know when a slave has been disconnected.
Applications for Wireless Modbus TCP/IP
You can use Phantom Wireless Sensors Modbus in so many industrial applications. Just to mention a few:
- Scada systems for control automation
- PLC for machinery control and protection
- ERP software such as SAP
- Integration with self-designed applications with free APIs
- Connecting wireless sensors for super big distances (kilometers) using the cloud.
Phantom Wireless Modbus Integration
Phantom Wireless Sensors integrate Modbus communications in 2 important ways.
The first one comes directly from the hardware and requires No additional software.
The Second Modbus Integration comes with EI-Monitor Software module which allows sharing post-processed data, such as “Acceleration Envelope”, “Scores”, “Displacement”. These values require a post-processing that depends on the user configuration, thus the sensor cannot process them by itself.
Hardware Modbus Integration
Hardware Modbus integration is the most direct – “out of the box”way to work with the data of Phantom sensors. Phantom sensors (from 1 up to 150) will communicate to one gateway which will act as a slave (Server) for Modbus communication. Steps:
- Configure the order of the phantoms in the gateway Modbus registers.
- Set your PLC or Scada system o read from the IP address of the gateway (the gateway shows its IP address constantly in the screen). Configure the PLC or Scada system to read the registers in the same order of step #1.
Software Modbus Integration
Software Modbus Integration is an additional feature in EI-Monitor module which, not only shares all the data coming from the Phantom, but it also shares the post processed values created within the machinery database. EI-Monitor has an easy to use panel to configure all the registers, to then use through a PLC or Scada system. Adding Scores (Severity values) to the sharing list is the main advantage of this option as well as many other post-processed values such as:
- Acceleration Envelope