Condition Monitoring of Control Cabinets

The IM18-CCM records and analyzes condition data in the control cabinet and communicates with IT networks via Ethernet

If manufacturers also supply the appropriate control cabinet technology for machines and plants, their availability becomes a crucial factor for ensuring success. This applies in particular to electronic components that react sensitively to temperature changes or high humidity — caused by improper door openings, for example. Cabinet guards are the ideal solution for monitoring these critical values. Turck has extended its cabinet guard family, especially for OEMs, to include the IM18-CCM, which can record measured values, evaluate them directly on site and transfer them to wider IT systems via Ethernet.

Your Benefits

  • Higher plant availability thanks to permanent remote access to vital parameters
  • Application-specific adaptation via external sensors and individual software on open Linux platform
  • Simple installation and commissioning thanks to on-board sensors and narrow housing
  • Seamless integration into existing IT networks via Ethernet

  • Control cabinet in view: Condition monitoring lays the foundations for high availability

  • Turck’s IM18-CCM has three on-board sensors and can be flexibly expanded

  • With a width of just 18 mm, the compact device can be easily mounted on the DIN rail

Ensure a constant climate

Users can extend the service life of electronic or electromechanical devices by means of targeted condition monitoring of control cabinets. The more constant the conditions in the control cabinet, the lower the risk of unplanned machine downtime. Important parameters are, for example, the temperature and humidity in the enclosed space. In addition, there are influences such as vibrations, corrosive gases and the processes of switching on and off.

Data analysis using customized apps

Turck’s IM18-CCM cabinet guard allows conclusions to be drawn from anomalies by first recording a wide variety of values. In addition to three on-board sensors—measuring temperature, humidity and door clearance—users can connect additional external sensors via Modbus RTU and CAN. These characteristic values can then either be transferred directly to higher-level systems or undergo decentralized analysis on the IM18-CCM according to defined patterns. This is done by customized apps that can be installed on the open Linux platform of the compact device. The functionality of the IM18-CCM also makes it suitable for reliably monitoring “critical infrastructures” (CI).

Ethernet builds bridges to the IT system

Cabinet guards work reliably and effectively, especially when data is available at the right location. In higher-level systems, this can lead to analysis in cloud applications; for example, to calculate the life-cycle reduction factor or to determine a maintenance time. Turck’s IM18-CCM provides the data traffic necessary for this via its Ethernet interface. This ensures a direct connection between the factory level and the IT system, rather than through unnecessary intermediate levels.