02. November 2017

MICA 2 offers significantly more computing power

MICA® Energy

The MICA product family develops into a universal modular platform to capture data, process it at the machine level, and exchange it in wireless and wired fashion. New MICA versions are expanding possibilities even further. The MICA 2 offers three to five times the computing power of the MICA Basic for demanding data acquisition and processing.

The MICA Wireless with 2G/3G/4G, 802.11a/b/g/n and Glonass permit data acquisition and communication to be carried out without cabling. With the MICA Energy, data from current meters and current transformers can be read, compressed and transferred to MES, ERP and Cloud systems. By integrating the OpenSource time-series database InfluxDB and the dashboard software Grafana, analysis and visualisation can also be performed directly on the MICA. For OEMs, customers, and third-party developers, HARTING also offers MICA kits which can be equipped with customer-specific function boards.

Sensor and data fusion with the MICA can quickly add value, particularly in the production of circuit boards and other manufacturing and quality assurance processes. For example, with a combination of RFID tags on circuit boards with energy, compressed air and optical sensors, a production line can be monitored, production steps can be correlated with energy consumption at any time, and data for predictive maintenance can be collected and preprocessed.

Initial trial runs at HARTING clearly show that, via the planned applications, it is extremely easy to add other KPIs such as machine running times or asset management of tools using the modular MICA architecture.