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Pfannenberg Connect

Pfannenberg Connect is the protocol used to communicate with the wireless sensor mesh of Pfannenberg IRES Shopfloor Analytics. The sensor nodes, referred to as “motes”, provide IO capabilities and are an excellent retrofit solution for machines and assembly places. Due to the easy installation and the robust self-organizing mesh network, based on SmartMesh IP, they are well suited for large plants in all fields of manufacturing. 

The Connectware communicates with the mesh network controller (master). The mesh network controller is typically connected via USB to a Connectware Agent instance on the shop floor or integrated into the Connectware Edge Device provided by Pfannenberg.

The master controls the mesh which can be extended easily to hundreds of motes. Digital inputs, typically connected to PLC outputs representing machine states, are then transmitted to the Connectware and made accessible for various applications, including Pfannenberg’s IRES Shopfloor Analytics Frontend or clients that subscribe to machine events via MQTT, for instance.  

Application examples

  • Pfannenberg IRES Shopfloor Analytics
  • OEE
  • Machine or Process Monitoring
  • Dashboards
  • Digital Twins
  • Retrofitting

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About Cybus Connectware

Cybus Connectware is the IIoT Edge Application platform made in Germany.

Cybus Connectware provides smart factories with universal connectivity to edge devices, sensors and machines, with on-premises pre-processing and effective data governance.

IT departments use Cybus Connectware as a layer of security and orchestration to selectively provide IIoT services and applications, local or cloud, with just the data that is required. Under the hood, Connectware serves the OT as unified on-premises hub to connect any type of machine, device or sensor. It buffers, converts and pre-processes data locally. A transparent expert system that offers industry best practices and DevOps for quality assurance, workflows and automation, are easy to adopt and limitless to extend.

With Cybus Connectware, the data producer stays in control and can securely leverage IIoT use cases of any scope and size, single or many in parallel. It means agility and versatility to win the IIoT era.