Monitoring for Mine Haul Equipment

A few months ago, we posted a white paper that Doyle wrote regarding the CAT® 797 and monitoring in the mining environment. Since we’re visiting the MINEExpo International this week, we thought it would be a good time to review that whitepaper and comment a bit more on Monitoring in the mining industry.

A growing sector of Monico’s business is coming from the mining industry. Caterpillar® engines are prevalent in the Mining Industry. Monico has pre-configured solutions for this heavy equipment, making our Gateways very economical to install and operate. Since Monico Gateways have onboard data logging, you can use “Store and Forward” network topologies when not every square foot of a mine is covered in a wireless network. Most companies using Monico’s Gateways are installing them in the cab and pairing them with wireless Ethernet transmitters. Data is collected and sent to the host data historian over wireless. In some cases, we also log all data points at requested frequencies up to once per second and store this data on Compact Flash card in CSV format. When a wireless receiver is in range, these files are transferred to the host device.

Read our whitepaper here, or email sales@monicoinc.com if you’d like us to meet with you at the Expo this week.

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Monico Expands Capabilities to Cummins Equipment

Monico Expands Capabilities to Cummins Equipment

originally Posted 6/21/12

For more than four years, since the launch of the CDL Gateway™, Monico has been known for its exclusive ability to remotely monitor and control Caterpillar® engines and gensets. Across industrial sectors, we are recognized as CAT® engine communication experts. But recently, through highly technical programming and ingenuity, Monico has stepped into the world of Cummins® engines as well.

We began working with Rocky Mountain Cummins in the fourth quarter of 2011 to develop our capabilities as they relate to Cummins engines and generators. Through work on three projects with Rocky Mountain Cummins, the Monico Custom Protocol Converter (CPC Gateway) has been equipped with the ability to monitor Cummins equipment through the ModLon gateway and output on many different protocols.

A CPC Gateway is attached to the ModLon gateway or native Modbus and a template, created by Monico’s programmers, is used to pull data from the Cummins equipment. The data collected can be translated into one of multiple available protocols for use with PLC control systems or Building Automation Systems. Most recently, the CPC Gateway has been used to translate engine data into Bacnet, Modbus, Allen Bradley and many other available protocols. Because a ModLon gateway supports up to five engines, the CPC Gateway can collect and translate the data from all attached engines and deposit that data into one central database. In addition, the other ports built into the gateway can collect data from Switchgear and other ancillary equipment.

All of these capabilities come pre-configured for simple set up and use and can be customized using Moncio’s exclusive software, MoncioView II, which come standard on every Gateway. Cummins® users are now offered the same simple, powerful solutions as CAT® users for remotely monitoring and controlling gensets and engines. The ability to predict, and prevent, downtime is now available to an entire new segment of the industrial engine market.

Custom Protocol Gateway-Cummins Datasheet

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Monitoring for SNMP with the Monico CDL Gateway

Monitoring for SNMP with the Monico CDL Gateway

Originally Posted 3/27/12

Monico now offers SNMP capabilities as a pre-configured option on its CDL Gateways™. As you probably know, SNMP stands for Simple Network Management Protocol and is used for managing devices over an IP network. SNMP uses one main computer to monitor and track the activities of a multitude of other devices within a network. Most often, SNMP is used to manage networks of various types of devices in a computer network; but it is often forgotten that engines and gensets house their own type of computer and communication systems. The problem is that they communicate in a different “language.”

The development of our SNMP capabilities was originally meant to impact Monico’s ability to monitor in the data center environment. The thousands of PCs in data centers are monitored by a network system. In the past, those data center employees tasked with monitoring the servers had no way to monitor the utilities of the datacenter. These utilities include the vital component of backup power.  With the SNMP capability in the CDL Gateway™, data and information collected from a genset can now be translated and outputted into SNMP and integrated into the data center’s overall monitoring network.

After Monico’s first successful set up of monitoring over an SNMP network in February, we realized that the benefit of this capability stretched farther than just the data center market. In all other industries using industrial engines and gensets for power, those monitoring a company or site’s IT functions have not been able to tie in monitoring of these engines and gensets and vital data was not being collected and used effectively. Now, with a CDL Gateway™, any company’s IT department can collect, use and disseminate that data within the same structure as network management.

All of this lends additional reach and capabilities to our current product line. For more information you can read the included CDL Gateway™ data sheet, download it in PDF format from our Support Page (first line item under the CDL Gateway heading in the left hand column) or simply email sales@monicoinc.com.

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