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28-08-2020
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Sjors de Kleijn

Remote Access & Viewer for Hanwha Robots

Get full access over VPN to run robot simulations, view the teach panel, access data and change jobs of Hanwha robots from remote via IXON Cloud.

Hanwha Robotics has a wide range of collaborative robots (HCR series) that are used for pick & place, palletising, packaging, mold handling, polishing and assembly. To create more added value and flexibility, our OEM and system integrator customers expand them with edge connectivity and remote capabilities using IXON's Remote Service & IIoT platform.

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 Hanwha robots
  3. IoT connectivity for Hanwha cobots
  4. How to connect Hanwha robots with IXON Cloud
  5. Remote VPN access
  6. Remote viewing the Hanwha teach pendant via VNC
  7. How to collect and log data from Hanwha Robots
  8. Create a dashboard from robot data
  9. Set up predictive maintenance alarms for Hanwha robots
  10. Try IXON Cloud 30 days with our Starter Kit
Remote Service and IIoT platform for Hanwha cobots Remote Service and IIoT platform for Hanwha cobots

 

Remote Service and IIoT platform for Hanwha collaborative robots

IXON offers a complete Industrial IoT platform that allows you to remotely control and access data from connected machines (PLC, HMI) and robots and is compatible with Hanwha cobots. Using IXON Cloud you get instant and easy access to your Hanwha robots over a secure VPN connection from anywhere in the world.

 

What IXON Cloud can do for Hanwha Robots

Using IXON Cloud you get easy and secure web-based access to your Hanwha cobots to access and control the robot and view its Teach Pendant interface with an app on your smartphone or using a pc. With IXON Cloud you can:

  • Remotely connect to your Hanwha robots over a VPN connection to view real-time simulations and upload new job configurations.
  • View and control the remote teach pendant via a browser or smartphone app using VNC.
  • Collect robot data via the Modbus TCP/IP protocol and visualise the robots condition within status reports in customizable robot dashboards with graphs and figures.
  • For environments in which preventive or predictive maintenance is used, you can be notified when something goes wrong during production. These alerts can be sent in several ways, for example as e-mail or as a notification on your mobile phone.
  • Manage all your robots (and machines) in one place and control who has access with role-based user management.

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

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IXON Cloud: All-in-one Industrial IoT solution IXON Cloud: All-in-one Industrial IoT solution

 

IoT connectivity for Hanwha cobots

The IXrouter is IXON’s edge gateway. It's fully compatible with Hanwha industrial robots. The IXrouter connects robots to the IXON Cloud platform. This allows you to set up a secure VPN connection for remote programming of the robot controller and provides data logging capabilities. The IXrouter has built-in data acquisition capabilities to collect operating data of the robots. Edge computing capabilities make sure only relevant data is sent off and stored in IXON Cloud, where it can be used to create powerful machine dashboards and reports and provide you with preventive or predictive alerts. The IXrouter supports all relevant industrial communication protocols such as Modbus TCP/IP and Ethernet/IP, which is supported by Hanwha.

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

 

How to connect Hanwha robots with IXON Cloud

To make use of IXON Cloud you need to create a free account and connect your cobots to the platform using the IXrouter.

Each IXrouter has four LAN ports for connecting machines (PLC controllers) and robots and one WAN port to connect the data gateway to the internet. There are multiple versions of the IXrouter, that support different ways to get internet access:

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

Each device includes lifetime free VPN access and tech support. Cloud Logging for data acquisition and Cloud Notify for alarms and notifications can both be activated in IXON Cloud. Select the way you want to connect to the internet, connect your robot(s) and you’re already set and done.

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

IXrouter: IoT connectivity for Hanwha robots IXrouter: IoT connectivity for Hanwha robots

 

Remote VPN access to Hanwha Robots

Once your IXrouter device is activated, you can log into your IXON Cloud account to set up a secure VPN connection to your robot. Choose the device you want to connect to and press the VPN button. Next, a secure VPN tunnel is created from your computer, via the IXON Cloud to your robot. You’ll have full access to your Hanwha robot for analysing faults, remote troubleshooting, remote programming and debugging, viewing real-time simulations and publishing new job instructions.

 

Remote viewing the Hanwha teach pendant via VNC

Once you’ve configured the VNC client, you can remotely view and control the Hanwha robot teach pendant within the IXON Cloud by taking over its screen in your browser. View its interface remotely via your browser or smartphone to access and control the robot.

 

How to collect and log data from Hanwha Robots

Cloud Logging is a service with which you can collect data from your Hanwha robot/cobot for smart services and reporting. Activate data logging to send the robot data securely to IXON Cloud and access it through advanced and easy to use dashboards – or use it to create alarms for predictive alerts. Dashboards can be viewed from any device (smartphone, tablet or PC) with an internet connection.

When the internet connection drops, the IXrouter's local storage takes over. 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 Hanwha robot to IXON Cloud

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

Dashboards for Hanwha robots Dashboards for Hanwha robots

 

Create a Hanwha dashboard from robot data

Now your data is collected from your robot, and securely transmitted and stored in IXON Cloud, so you can use it to configure your robot dashboards. Using our drag & drop editor, you can add widgets and build multiple dashboards based on the collected data.

 

Set up predictive maintenance alarms for Hanwha robots

To create and receive alarms from your Hanwha 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 “SUCCESS”.

In IXON Cloud you can add alarms in the Cloud Notify menu. Choose the variable, the priority and set the condition and instructions for the operator. Next, you need to define who should receive the notification when the alarm is being triggered and you're done.

 

Try IXON Cloud for remote maintenance of Hanwha cobots

Experience setting up remote access to your Hanwha Robot in just a few 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 Hanwha Robot. Experience the great ease of use of the IXrouter and IXON Cloud platform.

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