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 system manager

Datapath functionality for manipulating and distributing data between different systems

Local and web-based user interface for data visualization

Run 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 remotely and locally

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.

Delivery model

Edge Device (MFN 100)

One-time purchase


  • Atom E3940/50 processor

  • SSD storage

  • RJ45/SFP/USB/display port

  • Ethernet fieldbus connectivity

  • Rugged industrial housing

Software

One-time licence per Edge Device


  • VM and container hosting

  • Local UI

  • Time-Series Database

  • Local data processing

  • Real-time data manipulation

  • Soft PLC

Connectivity & Management

Yearly fee per active Edge Device


  • VM and container deployment

  • Data streaming to the cloud

  • Cloud interfaces

  • Global device management

  • OTA patches and bugfixes

Technical Specifications

  • Operating system support
    • Linux and Windows (as Virtual Machine)
  • Database
    • CODESYS 3.5 (PROFINET Master/Slave, EtherCAT, Modbus TCP/IP)
  • Datapath
    • OPC UA Client/Server and OPC UA PubSub
  • Cloud protocols
    • MQTT (with OPC UA broker), JSON
  • Data visualization
    • Grafana pre-loaded in System Manager
  • Workload management
    • VM and container repository in System Manager
    • VM and container management locally and in System Manager
    • Support for CODESYS Application Management
  • User management
    • Role-Based Access Control in System Manager
    • Local user management
  • Displays
    • Remote Console View; Local and central display of VM, container, base system status
  • Updates
    • OTA patching and bug fixes
  • Alarms
    • RAM, CPU and temperature status alarms
    • Certificate expiry warning
  • Security
    • According to ISO 62443 requirements

Hardware

MFN 100

The MFN 100 is an edge computing device, designed for harsh industrial environments (-40° C to +70° C). MFN 100 supports fieldbus connectivity and also integrates a Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) switch for open, standard deterministic Ethernet communication. The device 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 devices are part of the Nerve platform.

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

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

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

  • 4 x 10/100/1000 Mbit/s RJ45

  • 2 x USB 2.0 (assignable to Virtual Machines)

  • 1 x Display Port (assignable to Virtual Machines)

  • DinRail or wall mount

  • 2 x 24V redundant input
    Maximum power consumption 33.6W

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

  • (H x W x D) 177.5 x 75 x 141mm

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