Remote Access & Control for FANUC Robots
3 min. readShelly Boom
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 IXON's all-in-one IoT solution.
With IXON’s Industrial IoT solution you can remotely access and control FANUC robots from a web-based platform.
Using IXON Cloud you get instant and easy remote access to your collaborative FANUC robots (CR-, M-, R-, P-, SCARA, LR-made series) over a secure VPN connection from anywhere in the world. In our dashboard you can even configure secure access to attached and integrated components that are normally accessed via VNC or HTTP.
Benefits of IXON Cloud for FANUC robots:
To access your robotics remotely, IXON has developed the IXrouter. The IXrouter is a combined Industrial VPN router and IoT edge gateway that is fully compatible with FANUC industrial robots. The IXrouter enables cloud connectivity to your robot for remote programming, remote monitoring and remote troubleshooting. The IXrouter also allows additional services like VNC and HTTP to access local web servers and control HMI panels.
Each IXrouter has four ethernet ports to connect industrial robots (or PLCs or other peripherals), and one WAN port to connect it to the internet. There are multiple versions of the IXrouter supporting additional ways to get internet access:
Once you have the IXrouter, you can easily connect your FANUC robot to the IXON Cloud portal. Just follow 3 simple steps, and it’s done in minutes thanks to the Plug & Play set up. Create an IXON Cloud account, configure the IXrouter and set up a secure VPN connection to connect your PLC to the IXON Cloud.
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 connected robot.
Once you’ve configured the HTTP server, you can remotely view, configure and control the FANUC robot controller from iPendant 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.
To collect data from your robot, you have to configure the robot parameters you’d like to log and choose when these need to be logged (on interval, on change or using a custom trigger). Data from the robot is then monitored and cached locally by the IXrouter. When it meets the condition criteria the data will instantly be transmitted to the cloud.
The IXrouter supports all relevant industrial communication protocols such as Modbus TCP, which is supported by FANUC. Data can be transmitted to the IXON Cloud to make it available for data visualisation, data analysis, alarms, or integration with external platforms via the API.
With cloud data logging you can configure the data protocol and device address from your IXON Cloud account without any coding. Push the configuration settings to the IXrouter and it will automatically read the data and store it on the IXON Cloud.
Once your data is collected from your robot and securely stored in IXON Cloud, you can use it to configure custom dashboards. With the 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 industrial robots. IXON’s API makes it possible to combine robot data with data from other sources.
To create and receive alarms from your robots you need to activate IXON’s alarms & notifications in your account. Choose the variable, the priority, set the condition and instructions for the operator. Next, define who must receive a mobile push message or email when the alarm is triggered.
Experience the ease of use of the IXON Cloud platform yourself through the interactive tour. Sign up to get access and browse around in our demo platform. Test our remote access tools and explore how to customise the platform to your specific needs. Free of obligation.
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