Nerve

Nerve is an industrial IoT solution designed to converge and connect automation systems. It provides an open, flexible platform that reduces costs and delivers new value for machine builders, system integrators and plant operators.

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Features

Collect, store and analyze machine data

Real-time data access from PLC and IO infrastructure

Time-series database integrated in device software and in the Management System

Datapath functionality for manipulating and distributing data between different systems

Local and web-based user interface for data visualization

Consolidate multiple functions on one device

Virtualized environment running Windows or Linux virtual machines

Support for lightweight Docker containers

Soft PLC (CODESYS)

Converge hardware based functions in software

Manage and deploy software

Central repository for containers, VM and CODESYS programs

Simultaneous deployment of workloads to multiple devices and locations

User management for device and software configuration

Local and web-based user interface for software management

Benefits

  • Nerve optimizes virtualization technology for the industrial world. Sharing computation resources between different operating systems and applications enables you to converge various functionality (e.g. industrial PC, gateway, PLC and firewall) in one device. By enabling resources to be virtualized, Nerve makes hardware work harder for you.

  • Nerve provides three ways to use data: on the device, on your local server or in a cloud. This gives machines builders and plant operators the flexibility to choose where and when data is stored, visualized and processed. These new levels of data connectivity provide the information you need, wherever it’s needed.

  • Nerve is designed with openness, interoperability and flexibility in mind. The platform helps you become vendor independent, giving you the freedom to choose solutions, from any provider, which best suit your business needs.

  • Through the system manager software, Nerve puts installed devices at your fingertips, enabling you to apply software updates to machines without needing to be on site. Central management of device support and maintenance efforts.

Reduce hardware spending by 50% or more

Nerve optimizes virtualization technology for the industrial world. Sharing computation resources between different operating systems and applications enables you to converge various functionality (e.g. industrial PC, gateway, PLC and firewall) in one device. By enabling resources to be virtualized, Nerve makes hardware work harder for you.

Access data where you need it most

Nerve provides three ways to use data: on the device, on your local server or in a cloud. This gives machines builders and plant operators the flexibility to choose where and when data is stored, visualized and processed. These new levels of data connectivity provide the information you need, wherever it’s needed.

Avoid being locked-in to a single solution or vendor

Nerve is designed with openness, interoperability and flexibility in mind. The platform helps you become vendor independent, giving you the freedom to choose solutions, from any provider, which best suit your business needs.

Provide flexible support and cut maintenance costs

Through the system manager software, Nerve puts installed devices at your fingertips, enabling you to apply software updates to machines without needing to be on site. Central management of device support and maintenance efforts.

Detailed information about Nerve can be found in the Nerve Product Brief.

Delivery model

Nerve Blue Software

One-time license per Nerve Device


  • VM and container hosting

  • Local UI

  • Time-Series Database

  • Local data processing

  • Real-time data manipulation/li>
  • Soft PLC

Qualified Nerve Device

One-time purchase


  • MFN 100

  • Kontron KBOX A-150/250

  • Qualification of other Nerve Devices available on request

Connectivity & Management

Yearly fee per active Nerve Device


  • VM and container deployment

  • Data streaming to the cloud

  • Cloud interfaces

  • Global device management

  • OTA patches and bugfixes

Technical Specifications

  • Base System
    • Debian 10 (Linux Kernel 4.19.0)
  • Hypervisor
    • Xen 4.11
  • OS Support
    • Linux and Windows (as virtual machine)
  • System Management
    • System Management Management System available on premise and/or cloud based
    • Deployable as Linux Docker with browser-based GUI
    • View status of connected Nerve Devices
    • Secure onboarding of new Nerve Devices
  • Workload Management
    • Workload Management Remote management of virtual machines, containers and CODESYS® programs (workloads)
    • Assignment of device resources to workloads
    • Selective application deployment to prevent user error
    • Workloads accessible from the external network
  • Soft PLC
    • CODESYS® 3.5 (PROFINET Master/Slave, EtherCAT, Modbus TCP/IP)
    • Hosted as real-time virtual machine to ensure isolation from interference
    • High speed control (e.g. 1 ms cycle time achievable with Intel Atom E3940)
    • High performance connection of the application to the datapath
  • Database
    • Timescale Time-Series Database
  • Datapath
    • OPC UA Client/Server and OPC UA PubSub
    • Integration of analytics through containers or virtual machines
  • Cloud Protocols
    • MQTT / JSON
  • User Management
    • Role-based access control to Management System

Hardware

MFN 100

MFN 100 is an edge computer with TSN-ready Ethernet switch. It is a qualified Nerve device, optimized and tested for use with Nerve software. MFN 100 is designed for use in harsh industrial environments (-40 °C to +70 °C). It is based on an Intel Atom x5-E3940/50 CPU and offers 4 GB/8 GB RAM and up to 512 GB SSD storage. MFN 100 offers 1x IO port for Ethernet-based fieldbus connectivity, 4x GbE switch ports and 1x SFP port.

MFN 100 Flyer

  • Intel E3940 4 cores, 1.8 GHz 4 GB RAM
    Intel E3950 4 cores, 8 GB RAM

  • 64GB SSD MLC
    256GB SSD MLC
    512GB SSD MLC

  • 1 ms control cycle time achievable with Nerve Blue

  • 1x 10/100/1000 Mbit/s RJ45 (PROFINET, EtherCAT, Modbus TCP/IP)

  • 4x 10/100/1000 Mbit/s RJ45, 1x 10/100/1000 Mbit/s SFP

  • 2x USB 2.0 (assignable to virtual machines)

  • 1x Display Port (assignable to virtual machines)

  • DIN rail or wall mount

  • 2x 24 V redundant input
    Average power consumption 12 W

  • Intended for use in control cabinets
    Operational temperature: -40 °C to +70 °C
    IP 40 according to IEC 60529
    Shock & vibration

  • (H x W x D) 177.5 x 75 x 141 mm

  • CE and UL certified (EN 61000-6-2/4, IEC/UL 610101, CSA C22.2 NO. 61010-1-12)

Real-Time Machine Data Kit

The Real-Time Machine Data Kit is an edge computing starter kit that provides access to real-time data as well as enabling users to update control applications remotely. The kit is designed to solve the challenge of accessing real-time data from industrial machines without altering existing I/O infrastructure or adding gateway devices.

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Applications

Discrete manufacturing
Process automation
Power generation