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06-03-2020
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Sjors de Kleijn

Remote Access & Control for FANUC Robots

FANUC has a wide range of industrial robots used for palletising, painting, welding and collaboration with high productivity. To create more added value and flexibility, our customers expand them with edge connectivity and remote capabilities using the IXON’s end-to-end IoT solution. This article shows the benefits, how it works and how to get started.

  1. Introduction into IXON Cloud: Remote Service and IIoT platform
  2. What IXON Cloud can do for FANUC robots
  3. Edge connectivity for FANUC robots
  4. How to connect the FANUC robot with IXON Cloud
  5. Remote VPN access
  6. Remote control the FANUC robot controller via HTTP
  7. How to collect and log data from FANUC Robots
  8. Create a dashboard from robot data
  9. Set up predictive maintenance alarms for FANUC robots
  10. Try IXON Cloud 30 days with our Starter Kit

 

Remote Service & Industrial IoT platform for FANUC Robots / Cobots

IXON has created a powerful Industrial IoT platform to upgrade your Industrial FANUC Robots with Remote Access and IoT capabilities. Using IXON Cloud you get instant and easy access to your collaborative FANUC robots (CR-, M-, R-, P-, SCARA, LR-made series) over a secure VPN connection from anywhere in the world through your own remote service portal.

IXON is compatible with a wide range of industrial robots/cobots like UR+, FANUC, Mitsubishi, ABB, Yaskawa, Doosan, Saywer, Hanwha and more. Get in touch to verify compatibility with your robot or take a Free Product Tour to explore our platform.

IXON Cloud for FANUC robots: Remote Access (VPN), HTTP, Dashboards and Alarms IXON Cloud for FANUC robots: Remote Access (VPN), HTTP, Dashboards and Alarms

 

What IXON Cloud can offer to FANUC Robotics

Thanks to IXON Cloud you get easy and secure web-based access to your FANUC Robots to access and control the robot and its HMI interface on your smartphone or computers. With IXON Cloud you can:

  • Remotely connect to your FANUC robots controller, open the iHMI touch controller and control it with HTTP.
  • Collect and view the data you have collected in customizable robot dashboards with graphs and figures.
  • For machines using preventive or predictive maintenance, you can be notified when something goes wrong. These notifications can be sent in several ways, for example as e-mail or as notifications on your mobile phone.
  • Manage all your robots in one place and control who has access with user management.
  • Create your custom apps or integrate with third-party applications through the IXON API.

To integrate your FANUC robot with IXON Cloud you can use the IXrouter.

> Discover more benefits of our IoT platform for industrial robotics.

 

Edge connectivity for FANUC robots

The IXrouter is IXON’s industrial VPN router & edge gateway and compatible FANUC industrial robots. It integrates the robot with the IXON Cloud for remote PLC controller programming the robot and provides HTTP functionality and data logging capabilities. HTTP is used to remotely control and access the webserver of the robot/cobot; the built-in data collector (using edge computing) is used to create useful robot statistics and provide you with preventive or predictive alerts when something requires attention. The IXrouter supports the Modbus/TCP protocol.

Tip: Try the easiest secure remote access solution for FANUC Robots: IXON Cloud. Request a free Starter Kit.

IXrouter for FANUC - IoT Edge Connectivity device IXrouter for FANUC - IoT Edge Connectivity device

 

How to connect the FANUC robot with the IXON Cloud

To make use of the IXON Cloud you need to create a free company account and connect your industrial robots to this platform using the IXrouter

Each industrial VPN router has four ethernet ports for connecting machines (PLC controllers) and robots and one WAN port to connect it to the internet. There are multiple versions of the IXrouter supporting additional ways to get internet access:

  • Ethernet only
  • Ethernet & 4G Global
  • Ethernet & Wi-Fi
  • Ethernet, 4G Global & Wi-Fi

Each device includes lifetime free VPN / HTTP access and support and the option to activate Cloud Logging and Cloud Notify. Simply choose a way to get internet access, connect your robot(s) or cobot(s) and you’re all set and ready.

In this video we shortly explain how to connect the IXrouter to the IXON Cloud remote service platform in just 3 simple steps.

 

Get remote VPN access to FANUC Robots

Once your IXrouter device is activated, you can log into your IXON Cloud account to set up a secure VPN connection to your FANUC robot. Choose the device you want to connect to and press the VPN button. Now a secure VPN tunnel is created from your computer, via the IXON Cloud to your robot. You’ll have full network access to your FANUC robot for remote PLC troubleshooting, monitoring and to publish new programming software releases.

 

Remote control the FANUC robot controller via HTTP

Once you’ve configured the HTTP server, you can remotely view, configure and control the FANUC robot controller from iHMI within the IXON Cloud by taking over its screen in your browser. View, access and fully control its webpage remotely via your browser or smartphone apps.

Remote control the FANUC iHMI touch controller via HTTPS - IXON Remote control the FANUC iHMI touch controller via HTTPS - IXON

 

How to collect and log data from FANUC Robots

Cloud Logging is a service with which you can collect your data from your FANUC robot/cobot, send it securely to the IXON Cloud, and access it through advanced and easy to use dashboards — or use it to create alarms. These dashboards can be viewed from any device (smartphone, tablet or PC) with an internet connection.

The IXrouter has local storage when there is no internet connection available. Once the internet connection is re-established, the IXrouter will send the data to the cloud. No data is lost.

Setting up data collection from a FANUC robot to IXON Cloud

To collect data from your FANUC robot, activate Cloud Logging in your IXON account. IXON supports the Modbus/TCP protocol. You can configure the robot parameters you’d like to log and when these parameters need to be logged (on interval, on change or custom trigger). The IXrouter monitors the variables and send them to the IXON Cloud so you can present them in dashboards (for diagnosis or monitoring) or use them for sending alarms.

Dashboards for FANUC robots Dashboards for FANUC robots

 

Create a FANUC dashboard from robot data

Now your data is collected from your robot/cobot, and securely transmitted and stored in IXON Cloud, you can use it to configure your robot dashboards and monitoring. Using our drag & drop editor, you can add widgets and build multiple dashboards based on the collected data. Add a gauge, period, tables or graph widget to create a data report or live monitor for your FANUC Robots.

 

Set up predictive maintenance alarms for FANUC robots

To create and receive alarms from your FANUC robot you need to activate Cloud Notify in your IXON Cloud account. Alarms can be created based on the condition of a parameter, like when the robot program state is equal to “FAULT”.

On the IXON Cloud you can add alarms in the Cloud Notify section. Choose the variable, the priority, set the condition and instructions for the operator. Next, you define who must receive a notification, such as a smartphone push message or an email when the alarm is being triggered.

Test FANUC robots parameters in IXON Cloud for data logging Test FANUC robots parameters in IXON Cloud for data logging

 

Try IXON Cloud for remote maintenance of FANUC robots

Experience setting up remote access to your FANUC Robot in just minutes! Leave us your details and we’ll send you a Starter Kit with our most advanced IXrouter (Wi-Fi, Ethernet and 4G/LTE) and all necessary accessories to jumpstart your project. Set up a complete scenario for remote access and test our IoT features with your own FANUC Robot. Experience the simplicity of the IXrouter and IXON Cloud platform.

You are not the first one who connected the FANUC robot to the IXON Cloud. Our support team will help you get started. Send any questions through our contact page.

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