Edge Device ACI400 IIoT

Get Ready for Industry 4.0

Enable your operation with the right tools to prepare for Industry 4.0. The ACI400 IIoT Edge device from METTLER TOLEDO is a gateway for the Industrial Internet of Things. It provides an OPC UA server and several MQTT clients for seamless exchange of non-time-critical data between our weighing solutions and your chosen Cloud and ERP/MES systems.

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Edge Device ACI400 Edge – IIoT / IoT / Industrial gateway server

The ACI400 is ideal for customers in the Chemical, Food, Pharmaceutical, and Transportation & Logistics industries. It enables operations to securely and efficiently manage data and assets with well-established solutions such as Azure, AWS (Amazon Web Services), IBM and SAP.

The ACI400 IIoT Edge, an IIoT / IoT / industrial gateway device from METTLER TOLEDO, includes OPC UA server and MQTT client connectivity. These are the most common Industrial communication technologies for exchange of non-deterministic data with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Industrial Internet of Things communication (IIoT), Internet of Things for Industry 4.0 applications and cloud services.

Here is a breakdown of the most important things to know related to IIoT for Industry 4.0.

What is OPC?
OPC is a machine to machine protocol for industrial automation developed by the non-profit OPC Foundation. It includes the older DA for Data Access and the new UA Unified Automation Standards.

What does UA stand for?
OPC is a machine to machine protocol for industrial automation developed by the non-profit OPC Foundation. It includes the older DA and the new UA standard. The UA stands for Unified Architecture which is improved to better suit the needs of automation compared to its predecessor DA.

What is an OPC server?
An OPC UA Server publishes data in different formats. Clients on host computers can subscribe and consume this data. The data set of a weighing device, balance or scale from Mettler Toledo includes weight values, statistics, material ID, serial number, product name, device status, software versions and links to manuals and instructions.

How to connect to an OPC UA server?
An OPC UA Server for communicating with a weighing gateway device, balance or scale from Mettler Toledo can be configured remotely with a web server. The host communicates with the OPC UA server via a client that can subscribe to the data it wants to consume.

How to configure an OPC UA server?
An OPC UA Server for communicating with a weighing device from Mettler Toledo can be configured on site or remotely with a comfortable web server.

How do I connect existing scales to the cloud?
Mettler Toledo offers Edge Gateways with OPC UA and MQTT connectivity to connect existing scales to MES, ERP Weighing and Cloud Services.

What is MQTT?
The Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) is a popular protocol for connections with remote locations, MES, ERP and Cloud Services. Mettler Toledo offers scales with MQTT connectivity and Edge Gateway Devices to upgrade old scales to this technology.

How to connect scales to ERP Weighing or MES systems?
Mettler Toledo manufactures scales to connect to MES, ERP or IIoT/IoT applications in plant or in clouds via either OPC UA or MQTT. Edge Gateways with OPC UA and MQTT connectivity allow existing and new scales to connect to MES, ERP and Clouds too.

How to connect scales to SAP?
Mettler Toledo manufactures scales to exchange weight data with SAP via either OPC UA or MQTT. Edge Gateways with OPC UA and MQTT connectivity allow for connection to existing scales too.

What is OPC UA?
The Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture (OPC UA) is a communication standard to connect devices to MES, ERP Weighing and Cloud Services. Mettler Toledo offers scales with OPC UA connectivity and Edge Gateways to upgrade existing scales to this technology.

Who has a scale with OPC UA Companion Specification for weighing?
Mettler Toledo manufactures scales which include an OPC UA server that supports the Companion Specification for Weighing. Existing scales can be upgraded with Edge Gateways with an OPC UA Server supporting the Companion Specification for Weighing.

What is an OPC UA companion specification for weighing?
The OPC UA Companion Specification for Weighing includes a standardized and tested parameter set for weighing. The Companion Specification for Weighing is validated by the OPC Foundation. Mettler Toledo offers scales and Edge Gateways Servers that supporting the Companion Specification for Weighing.