Review of Advantech Automation controllers UNO Series

The UNO series serve as flexible IoT gateway with each series coming in three sizes: palm, small and regular. With a robust design, they include multiple expansion solutions and versatile mounting way to fulfill the needs of different applications.

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To meet the needs from the industry 4.0 era, Advantech’s offers a complete range of embedded automation box PC capable of edge computing, bridging the gap between IT and OT. The UNO series serve as flexible IoT gateway with each series coming in three sizes: palm, small and regular. With a robust design, they include multiple expansion solutions and versatile mounting way to fulfill the needs of different applications. The UNO-1000/3000 series is ideal for din-rail, enclosure and book mounting in control cabinet while the UNO-2000 series is a versatile model for stand mount environments. In addition, all of the new UNO products support Advantech iDoor Technology that gives customers the flexibility to configure the various I/O requirements, includes wireless communication, industrial I/O and peripheral, and industrial fieldbus, based on different applications.

OT/IT convergence

There are many enterprises with operational technology (OT) systems and information technology (IT) systems. Both technologies and each set of systems were purpose-built, and neither was designed to work with the other.

Gartner’s definition of OT/IT

Operational technology is “hardware and software that detects or causes a change through the direct monitoring and/or control of physical devices, processes and events in the enterprise”. That’s the industrial control and manufacturing automation part of the business.

Information technology is “the entire spectrum of technologies for information processing, including software, hardware, communications technologies and related services”. That’s the company computer network and databases.

To simplify above:

OT is the assets a business uses to create goods or services for sale.

IT is the systems used to manage the production, sale and support of those goods and services.

So both OT and IT function within the enterprise to create output (goods and services). To create output most efficiently, they need to work together.

But in today’s enterprise, there’s a significant communication gap between OT and IT technologies. Each uses its own methods of connectivity, from the physical connectors and buses that data rides on, to the language each uses to convert bits and bytes into human-readable and actionable information. Designed years ago, OT and IT technologies remain far apart today.

DIN-RAIL AUTOMATION CONTROLLERS

UNO-1000 SERIES

The UNO-1000 series of ruggedized fanless DIN-rail PCs are intelligent computing systems aimed at industrial automation control.

  • Front-accessible I/O with LED indicators for easy maintenance
  • Supports iDoor technology for integrating industrial peripherals, fieldbus I/O, and wireless communication modules

MODULAR BOX PLATFORMS

UNO-2000

Featuring a modularized design, UNO-2000 platforms can be integrated with Advantech's iDoor modules for flexible configuration according to specific application requirements.

  • Compact size with optimized features
  • Stackable for iDoor expension / customization / applications
  • Customized UNO- Brand-labeling & customized stack-up housing with specific functionalities

WALL-MOUNT EMBEDDED AUTOMATION BOX PC

UNO-3000

The UNO-3000 series of fanless, high-performance computing systems feature a ruggedized chassis and multiple extensions that offer maximum flexibility for industrial automation applications.

  • Ideal for motion and vision applications
  • Dual hot-swappable storage design for improved data backups and security