Overview

Escalating your system events, Controlling your applications and Automating your tasks.

We create platforms that facilitates the industry 4.0 movement towards efficiency in time management of personnel in manufacturing environments.

With the computerisation and automation of production lines brings an increased reliance on just in time principles, there is very little margin for error when planning for both human resource and consumable replenishment during production.

There are already products on the market that focus on increasing efficiency by reducing downtime of machinery but there are still reliances on skill production engineers to be in the right place at the right time to service manufacturing equipment.

We target to save a production engineers time by up to 30% by aggregating, escalating and visualising information comprehensively for making informed decisions and solving urgent problems at scheduled or short notice. Secondary, the ability to support the production engineer when conducting a range of tasks that are repetitive, unpleasant or tiring.

Working alongside existing manufacturing equipment builders, we partner with software vendors who focus on the development of Manufacturing Execution Systems and Employee Engagement platforms, as well as discrete I/O solutions providers.

Currently we focus on the Electronics Assembly segment market of manufacturing, however our products can be easily repurposed for other IoT markets.

System Context

Industry4.UK Product Overview

i4 Connector Gateway

  • File, Event log, Serial, TCP/IP, Wireless Monitor
  • Local & Remote database connector
  • Local configuration dashboard
  • Third party app extension point
  • Third party app control pusher
  • RESTful API

i4 Central Hub

  • Firewall friendly gateway
  • Full system configurator
  • Event data mapper
  • Live responsive designed dashboards
  • RESTful API
  • Streaming API

i4 Bruiser

  • Interact with system operators
  • Automate 'heavy lifting' tasks
  • Script third party application installations
  • Manage and audit IT assets

i4 Connector Gateway

The i4 Connector Gateway is a headless application that once a subscriptions have been setup using i4 Central, monitors changes to data objects and depending on the configuration, can pipe the change to a i4 Central Dashboard, or another i4 Connector, or a data object on the same i4 Connector. As it does this is can also transform the data to a required format.

An software extension point means it's possible to push data from a third party application to the i4 Connector. This is normally used where network handshaking is required or an existing interface exists. Documentation and example extensions can be found in the Developers section.

  • Headless
  • Remote Setup
  • Data Subscriber
  • Data Pusher
  • Firewall friendly
  • Dynamic Routing
  • RESTful API

Subscribe to updates of, and push updates to the following:

  • File
  • Windows Event Log
  • Serial Port
  • Local and Remote Databases
  • TCP/IP (Wired/Wireless)
  • Bluetooth Serial
  • Http (Push only)

Ways data can be transformed:

  • XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations)
  • Delimiting
  • Regular Expressions
  • Header/Footer Additions

Some of the typical routing scenarios:

  • i4 Connector to i4 Central Dashboard
  • i4 Connector[1] to i4 Central to i4 Connector[2]
  • i4 Connector[1] to i4 Connector[2]
  • i4 Connector[1] File to i4 Connector[1] Serial Port

Ways to extend the i4 Connector:

  • Push data to the inbuilt RESTful API
  • Create a bespoke plugin (.dll Library) to connect to custom interfaces or handshakes
  • Windows
  • Unix*
  • Linux* **
  • OS X*

* Uses the Mono implementation of Microsoft's .NET Framework
** and Raspberry Pi

Use Brainboxes to monitor discrete I/O using Windows

i4 Central Hub

i4 Central Hub hosts both the total configuration of the system and any Live Dashboards that optionally can be used to view data updates for remote monitoring.

  • Full system configurator
  • Event data mapper
  • Live responsive designed dashboards
  • RESTful API
  • Streaming API
  • Local or Cloud Hosted
  • Umbraco based
  • Remote Setup using configuration dashboard
  • Map data updates between i4 Connectors and i4 Central
  • Live Data Dashboards
  • Responsive designed for tablets and phones
  • Dashboard Library
  • Options to design or customise
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Local Windows Server IIS

i4 Bruiser

This product is under development so specification and features are under constant change.

In summary:

  • Interact with system operators
  • Automate 'heavy lifting' tasks
  • Script third party application installations
  • Manage and audit IT assets