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02-10-2019
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Sjors de Kleijn

Remote Access for Schneider Electric PLC

Connect securely via VPN, VNC and HTTP to Schneider Electric PLCs and equipment

Using IXON's remote service portal you can get instant and easy access to your Schneider PLC (Modicon) over a secure VPN connection from anywhere in the world. The setup is easy and fast: just run the wizard to configure the IXrouter and connect it to your Schneider PLC. Then it will be automatically registered on the IXON Cloud and allows you to remote access, monitoring and programming the Schneider PLC via our web-portal. 

  1. Introduction into IXON Cloud: Remote Service and IIoT platform
  2. Edge connectivity for Schneider PLC
  3. How to connect the Schneider PLC with IXON Cloud
  4. Remote VPN access
  5. Remote viewer of Schnieder HMI and other connected PLC equipment
  6. Schneider PLC data logging, dashboards, alarms
  7. Try IXON Cloud 30 days with our Starter Kit
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IXON Cloud: Remote Access & IoT platform to Schneider PLC 

IXON offers a complete and powerful industrial remote access and industrial IoT platform for the Schneider PLC range. IXON Cloud gives engineers easy, fast and secure remote VPN access across the world for remote troubleshooting, monitoring, maintenance, and support. You get instant remote access to the programming software and Schneider network to access logs or upload software releases from anywhere. 

Benefits of using IXON Cloud for Schneider PLC devices:

  • A single web-portal to manage all your machines and control user access
  • Plug & Play setup and no additional software needed (fully web-based)
  • Support for Ethernet (LAN), 4G/LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity with the IXrouter
  • Secure VPN connections on desktop and via mobile apps
  • Top-notch security
  • Futureproof and scalable to your (customers’) needs with additional IoT features for data logging, storage, alarms and data visualisation.

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Edge connectivity for Schneider PLC

The IXrouter is IXON’s IoT edge gateway and fully compatible Schneider PLCs. It integrates the connected machine with the IXON Cloud for remote PLC/controller programming over VPN and provides VNC functionality and data logging capabilities.

IXrouter: Industrial VPN router for Schneider PLC

The IXrouter is a combined industrial VPN router and edge gateway, designed to connect any PLC brand to the IXON Cloud. It's ready to handle almost any situation conceivable. There’s even a special cellular (4G/LTE) version for secluded installations.

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Schneider PLCs supported by IXON

  • Schneider PLC Modicon series

And other Schneider PLCs with an ethernet module.

If your type isn’t listed here, please get in touch with us to check the compatibility of your product.

 

How to connect the Schneider PLC with the IXON Cloud

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

Each IXrouter has four ethernet ports for connecting machines (PLCs) 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 / VNC access and support and the option to activate Cloud Logging and Cloud Notify. Simply choose a way to get internet access, connect your PLCs and you’re all set and ready.

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

 

Get remote VPN access to Schnieder PLC

Once your IXrouter device is activated, you can log into your IXON Cloud account to set up a secure VPN connection to your Schneider PLC. 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 machine. You’ll have full network access to your Schneider PLC for remote PLC troubleshooting, monitoring and to publish new programming software releases.

 

Remote viewer of Schnieder HMI and other connected PLC equipment

With VPN access you get secure and full network access to the PLC network remotely. To give you more options we support the VNC and HTTP protocols to remotely access any industrial control system or webserver connected to your Schneider PLC. This functionality is included and free of charge. See our pricing overview.

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Remote monitoring Schneider HMI via VNC

An HMI remote viewer & monitoring option is available using the VNC protocol. View, access and fully control your Schneider HMI screen (Magnalis) remotely via your browser or mobile apps.

Connect to Schneider PLC web server

The Schneider PLC web server can be accessed easily using the HTTPS protocol. Just configure the location of your web server and open it securely from anywhere.

Schneider PLC data logging, dashboards & alarms

The IXrouter supports several industrial protocols to automatically read data from Schneider PLCs. Data is securely collected and transmitted to the IXON Cloud to make it available for storage, visualisation, alarm management & notifications or analysis/machine learning on external platforms via the API:

Supported protocols for Schneider PLC:

  • Ethernet/IP
  • Modbus

Using Cloud Logging you can configure the data protocol and device address from your IXON Cloud account without any coding whatsoever. Push the configuration settings to the IXrouter and it will automatically read the data and store it on the IXON Cloud. This opens advanced IoT functionality for data storage, alarms and machine trend analysis. Watch this short (1 minute) explanation video of Cloud Logging.

Create dashboards and alarms from PLC data

Once your data is collected from your PLC (e.g. variables), and securely transmitted and stored in IXON Cloud, you can use it to configure your custom dashboards. 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 machines. 

To create alarms just choose the variable, the priority, set the condition and instructions for the operator. Next, you define who must receive a smartphone push message or email when the alarm is triggered.

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