PLC remote access with IXON Cloud
4 min. readShelly Boom
Today, remote access to the PLC is indispensable for machine builders. We are in an environment where quick access to your machines is the norm. Common use cases of remote access include remote support, remote programming, remote troubleshooting, remote monitoring and remote commissioning.
Basically, remote access to your PLC works the same as your local setup. Things you usually do locally can be done via a VPN connection so you don’t have to be on-site with the machine. Think of programming the PLC so the machine’s requirements are met, monitoring variables to detect bugs, monitoring machine states in detail, and taking control of your desktop.
Industrial remote access enables you to access all your equipment, including PLCs, HMIs, robots and IP cameras, from anywhere in the world. With a VNC server running on the HMI or IPC, you can view and control the same remote screen as on site. You can also access the local HTTP web servers to view settings or video streams.
Remote access to your industrial devices with IXON Cloud
The IXrouter is an edge gateway and industrial VPN router in-one, compatible with all big brands. It’s developed to remotely connect your PLC and HMI in minutes to the IXON Cloud platform. After following the 3 simple steps of installation you can start monitoring your PLC from any remote location.Secure connection from machine to cloud with the IXrouter featuring a built-in firewall
Benefits of PLC remote access with IXON Cloud:
Now let's dive deeper into how you can get started with PLC remote access in just 3 simple steps.
To access your PLC remotely you need to connect your PLC to the internet. With IXON Cloud this can be done securely via Wi-Fi, Ethernet or 4G. In 3 simple steps you can connect your PLC to the internet using the IXrouter and the IXON Cloud platform.
Quick and easy setup of the IXrouter for remote access to your PLC
IXON’s security strategy is based on the CIA triad: a security management model for protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. To protect your customer from cyber threats, the IXrouter only sets up outgoing connections, which means that there are no open ports. The IXrouter also features a built-in firewall that separates the machine network from the IT network. The role-based user management system helps you to stay in control of each user’s access rights.
Read all about our security measures in our security whitepaper.
Ready to take the next steps in your digital transformation? Get the most out of your machines and the IXON Cloud with PLC data logging. Data is sent directly from the PLC to the cloud. Data and parameters are locally collected by the IXrouter via industrial protocols like OPC-UA and Modbus. The data will be securely stored in the IXON Cloud databases.
Want to know more about industrial remote access with IXON Cloud?
If you have any further questions, contact us here.
Yes, you can access and control your HMI with the built-in VNC service. Does your customer want access to the HMI too? The VNC service allows you to give him access to the HMI without a VPN connection. Read more about HMI remote access with IXON Cloud here.
Yes, with PLC remote access you can access your web servers via a VPN connection. Does your customer want access to the web server too? With HTTP you can give them access to the web server without VPN.
We support a wide range of PLC, robot and HMI brands. Find a list below of devices that are compatible with IXON Cloud:
|A||ABB, Advantech, AEG, Aermec, Allen Bradley, Alstom, ASEM, Autonics|
|B||B&R, Bachmann, Battenfeld, Beckhoff, Beijer, Berghof, Bihl+Wiedemann, Bonfiglioli|
|C||ComAp, Controllino, Corinex, Crouzet, Cutler Hammer|
|D||Dalroad, Danfoss, Datalogic, Delta|
|E||Eaton, Elsist, Emko, Esa, EXOR|
|F||FANUC, FATEK, Festo|
|H||Harmony (formerly Magelis), Hirschman, Hitachi, Honeywell, Horner, Hoyer|
|I||IDEC, IFM, Ilevo, IMO, InTouch, INVT, IO-Link|
|K||Keyence, Kinco, Koyo, Kunbus|
|L||Lenze, LS Electric|
|M||Mitsubishi, Modicon, Monitouch, Motorola|
|P||Panasonic, Panelmate, Pepperl, Phoenix contact, Pilz, PLC Direct, PLCnext, Pro-Face|
|R||Reliance, Revolution Pi / RevPI, Riduttori, Rockwell Automation|
|S||Saia Burgess, Schneider, Servo, Sharp, SiConnect, Siemens S7, Sigmatek, SIMATIC, SPiDCOM, Stahl, Sysmac|
|T||Telemecanique, Thomson, Toshiba, Toyoda|
|U||Unitronics, Universal Robots|
|W||Wago, Weidmüller, Weintek, Wittmann|
|Y||Yamar, Yaskawa, Yokogawa|
Missing your PLC, robot or HMI brand? No worries, just contact us to take a look at your specific situation.
You may want to set up a connection with an older connection type, for example one without an Ethernet cable. There are two ways to solve this: a converter can help you to convert the communication, but it may also be that the device manufacturer offers an extension module.
There are two scenarios that make it impossible to set up a connection with IXON Cloud:
Basically, you do the same abstract actions. However, the exact steps may vary because the Siemens software, for example, is different from Allen Bradley’s software. The programming language may also differ.
In most cases, you are limited to the hardware of the PLC brand. With IXON, it doesn't matter which brand you connect to. Moreover, the costs of these associated solutions are often higher than the costs of IXON Cloud.