What does TDC Stand for? Q&A with a Telematic Data Collector Gateway System Expert

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What does TDC stand for?

Telematic Data Collector

What is a gateway system?

Not all systems and machines are connected and are therefore not yet Industry 4.0 ready. For this purpose, sensors are connected to the Gateway system in order to forward the data to several IT systems.

In order to improve the quality of the system, parameters are stored in the Manufacturing Execution System (MES). In case of quality problems, the historical parameters can be accessed directly. In addition, different cloud platforms were connected to implement targeted condition monitoring.

A major advantage of gateway systems is flexibility, assuring possibility to integrate a large number of sensors or systems in a short time. Gateway systems offer modular and simple connectivity assuring your Industry 4.0 approach.

What is the TDC gateway system?

A TDC performs several critical functions such as sensor connectivity, protocol translation, data filtering and processing, security, updating, management and more.

TDC-E comes from the Linux system, referring to its end-to-end software architecture gives the possibility to process data locally at the edge before sending it to the cloud. When data is aggregated, summarized and tactically analyzed at the edge, it minimizes the volume of data that needs to be forwarded to the cloud, which has a big impact on response time or network transmission costs. All data moving to the cloud or vice versa goes through the TDC-E. Sensors or systems do not need high processing power, memory or software since the TDC-E does this for them.

Why is the data that the TDC collects important and how is it analyzed?

Sensors generate over ten thousand pieces of data per second, per minute, per hour. TDC-E collects sensor data; data is then available directly to enterprise level providing valuable information for other systems and platforms.

TDC-E offers multiple application scenarios; from localization to predictive maintenance, or even building system service applications, for more applications please refer to the picture below:

 

What are the benefits of using a TCD gateway system?

Today there is more pressure than ever to move faster and to be agiler without sacrificing reliability and security. The TDC-E accesses process and sensor data, which creates transparency and therefore enables significant increases in productivity thanks to processes being optimized. With its open interfaces, direct sensor connection, browser-based configuration without additional software and without license costs – as well as on-site or web-based data visualization, the TDC is also a cross-system data hub which is independent of manufacturers. It ensures that machines, plants, and processes are fit for Industry 4.0 and therefore for the future.

What industries can benefit from using the TDC gateway system?

Process automation, logistics automation, and factory automation all rely heavily on diagnostic data making the TDC perfect for efficiently analyzing all their data.

What are some examples of applications of the TDC?

TDC-E is used as reliable, adaptable security and management tool for the sensor-supported management and monitoring of production lines, mobile machines, plants split over several different locations, oil and gas and similar facilities. Typical applications include tank and operational monitoring on ships and trucks, status logging and localization of swap bodies, remote control of systems containing large tanks and storage silos, remote system monitoring of natural gas transfer stations, operational monitoring as well as indoor and outdoor localization of vehicles, industrial trucks, and mobile machines. Further applications include recording events in crane systems, at level crossings, or at mining stations, as well as generally monitoring field instrumentation installed in a plant, including its integration into concepts for the purposes of preventative maintenance.

 

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