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PLC process data recording and remote maintenance with PLC-Analyzer pro 5 Ultra compact - autarkical operation


Fields of application

  • Long term PLC process data recording
  • Failure diagnosis
  • Determine cause of production loss / warranty case
  • Objective inspection of operating paramters
  • Preventive maintenance
  • System documentation, QA, TPM, QEE
  • Remove service

The BLACKBOX 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 remote maintenance (using the PLC-ANALYZER Pro5). Since it has such small dimensions, the system is very versatile and can be integrated in a switching cabinet without any problem.

The BLACKBOX can continuously record and archive processing data 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 autarkical.

This form 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 and system operation.

Maintenance, construction and quality assurance receive valuable information concerning the system.

The recorded data also serves as incorruptible evidence in searching for the cause and the elimination of faults, for example.

It is connected to the PLC by means supported by the PLC-ANALYZER pro 5, i.e. via connection to the PU interface or an automation network (MPI, PROFIBUS, Industrial Ethernet TCP/IP, Modbus+ ...).

The BLACKBOX can be directly equipped with a PCI card. This also ensures a high performance bus connection, e.g. using CP5611 for MPI / PROFIBUS with SIMATIC S7 or PCI-85 for Modbus+ with Schneider. It is possible to acquire data from several, different PLCs simultaneously.

The optionally available AD_USB-Box even enables the additional, simultaneous acquisition of external electrical measured values.

The power supply for the BLACKBOX is 12 ~ 30 V DC. An external AC mains power supply (100 ~ 240 V AC) is also provided in the scope of delivery.

The BLACKBOX is designed in such a way that it is fully capable of running without any additional peripheral equipment. Only connection to the power supply and to the PLC are necessary for operation.

If necessary, a keyboard, mouse and monitor can be connected to the BLACKBOX. A particularly sophisticated feature is remote operation from any PC via LAN connection. The remote software and an appropriate 3 m LAN patch cable + crossover adapter for direct connection are contained in the materials supplied with the BLACKBOX. It is also preconfigured for remote control via a modem or Internet (VPN).

The 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 an external device (floating contact). Recording is automatically resumed after rebooting.

The high degree of operational reliability enables a practically continuous recording of signals over several years. When the capacity has been reached, the oldest signal file is automatically deleted to create space for new signal data.

Signal files recorded by the PLC-ANALYZER pro 5 can be transferred via the remote network connection at any time, even when the BLACKBOX is in recording mode, to an external PC for further analysis and evaluation.

The system is delivered ready to go with plc communication adapter and software license

PLC-ANALYZER pro 5 for BLACKBOX. Bundles for different PLC systems are available.