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26-09-2019
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Sjors de Kleijn

Secure Remote Access for B&R PLC

Easy remote maintenance via VPN and data access for B&R PLCs and equipment

Using IXON Cloud you can get instant and easy access to your B&R PLC over a secure VPN connection from anywhere in the world. Just run the wizard to configure the IXrouter and connect it to your B&R PLC. Then it will be automatically registered on the IXON Cloud and made accessible for remote maintenance within a few minutes. 

  1. Introduction into IXON Cloud: Remote Service and IIoT platform
  2. Edge connectivity for B&R PLC
  3. How to connect the B&R PLC with the IXON Cloud
  4. Get remote VPN access to B&R PLC
  5. Remote viewer of B&R HMI and other connected PLC equipment
  6. How to acquire data from B&R PLCs for alarms and dashboards
  7. Try IXON Cloud 30 days with our Starter Kit
B&R PLC connected to IXrouter for secure remote access and maintenance (VPN) B&R PLC connected to IXrouter for secure remote access and maintenance (VPN)

 

Explore IXON Cloud for remote VPN access to B&R PLC

IXON offers a complete and powerful industrial remote access and industrial IoT platform for the B&R PLC range: IXON Cloud. Our solutions give engineers easy, fast and secure remote VPN access across the world for remote troubleshooting, monitoring, secure remote maintenance, and support. You get instant remote access to the programming software and B&R network to access logs or publish software releases from anywhere. 

Benefits of using IXON Cloud for B&R 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 B&R PLC

The IXrouter is IXON’s edge gateway and fully compatible B&R 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 B&R 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. Try the easiest remote access solution for B&R. It’s a free 30-day trial without any obligations whatsoever. Request your free Starter Kit here.

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B&R PLCs supported by IXON

Any B&R controller with an ethernet module. In this guide you see how to set up a remote connection to your B&R device.

Please get in touch with us to check the compatibility of your product.

 

How to connect the B&R 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 B&R PLC

Once your IXrouter device is activated, you can log into your IXON Cloud account to set up a secure VPN connection to your B&R 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 B&R PLC for remote PLC troubleshooting and maintenance, monitoring and to publish new programming software releases.

 

Remote viewer of B&R 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 connected to your B&R PLC. This functionality is included and free of charge.

Remote monitoring B&R HMI via VNC

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

Access to B&R PLC web server

The B&R 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.

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How to acquire data from B&R PLCs for alarms and dashboards

The IXrouter supports several industrial protocols to automatically read data from B&R PLCs. Data is securely 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 B&R PLC:

  • Ethernet/IP
  • OPC UA
  • 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.

Request your free Remote Maintenance Starter Kit for B&R

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