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NPE

npe hiNPE is a universal industrial computer, based on the Linux operating system. It is designed for automation, telecommunications and embedded systems.

The NPE devices are innovative and efficient industrial computers for modern telemetry and remote control systems.

The NPE industrial computer has an extensive set of hardware resources, built-in memory with possibility to extend with SD/MMC cards and a number of communication interfaces. 


Due to the Linux system, the computer is characterized by a unique stability. The System provides security and high functionality - users get access to a huge collection of applications and they can create their own.

 

Check out the latest 10 times more efficient version - iMod X1000

 

Fanless design and no mechanical elements enable reliable operation in harsh industrial conditions in systems around the world.

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Advantages of the NPE industrial computer

NPE offers functionality of many devices

Due to extensive hardware configuration and the Linux operating system, the NPE industrial computer performs the functions of a: 

  • Protocol and interface converter
  • Data logger
  • Visualization tool

 

The device can be also configured as: 

  • PLC
  • Serial port server
  • Programmable controller
  • GPRS/EDGE/3G modem
  • GPRS/EDGE/3G router
  • Modbus Gateway
  • Web server with PHP and data base (WAMP) support
  • SNMP Agent
  • SMS Gateway
  • Email, FTP, SSH, VPN server

 

Three ways of access to the device

There are three ways of access the hardware and software resources of the device:

NX Dynamics – Web-based graphical interface. Enables you to build your own modules (e.g. for process visualization).

HMI – due to a range of communication interfaces and built-in protocols, you can connect any HMI panel and manage the installation locally.

WWW – the device has a built-in Web server, data base and PHP language support. You can easily create and share a dedicated website with view and control functions of selected parameters of the device.

Adaptation for Industrial Conditions

Its housing is made of durable ABS plastic and is suitable for DIN rail mounting. No mechanical parts and an energy-efficient processor make the device suitable for demanding industrial conditions.

Adaptation for Industrial Conditions: 

  • low energy consumption
  • durable ABS casing suitable for DIN rail mounting
  • no moving parts (fans, disc drives)
  • RTC with battery backup
  • WatchDog function enables control of selected hardware/software services
  • easy installation - with the use of detachable screw terminals
  • increased temperature range versions.

 

NPE runs LINUX

 

NPE uses the Linux system, which provides high level of stability, safety and efficiency. Such a solution enables huge configuration possibilities - you can adjust NPE to individual project requirements.

There is a huge database of specialized applications for Linux - some of them are prepared and provided on demand with a device. With the Open Embedded platform and the use of Linux, you can use ready applications and add your own in an easy way.

NPE has ready to use dedicated software

 

The NPE device runs stable and efficient Linux operating system. This provides all the advantages of open operating systems - easy access to dedicated applications; easy process of building your own applications based on available programming languages and current documentation.

Special Features:

 

  • 2.2.28 kernel provides stability and access to new libraries and drivers
  • Tested, ready to use software packages, such as: databases and Web servers, programming languages, software tools (e.g. PLC) and specially prepared developing environment
  • Quality documentation and simple example applications for a start
  • Full technical support and free software packages update
  • Regularly occurring new, ready to use dedicated applications tested on the device.
  • Full VPN support.

 

NPE is supported by extensive development platform

The Linux operating system enables almost unlimited developing possibilities - huge application database and extensive SDK tool kit enable to adjust NPE to the most unique systems and installations.

Extensive developing platform, additional software packages 

  • Open, free programming platform based on the experience of thousands programmers, variety of tools and support of the Linux users community.
  • Specially prepared SDK (toolchain, example applications, ready packages)
  • Extensive set of programming tools and a wide range of supported programming languages
  • Database support tools
  • SSH, SSL and VPN encrypted transmission support
  • Other communication tools and servers.

 

Quick Start

Short installation time and easy configuration are among the main advantages of the device. There is a range of applications and documents provided - they enable a so called “Quick Start” with the device.

Search NPE

An example application is SearchNPE - it helps to find and configure the NPE devices in a network. The application can be run on both Windows and Linux - this means that ir is available for basically any user.

 

What you should know about the NPE industrial computer

Typical way of using NPE

The NPE device is mainly designed to operate as a:

 

  • protocol and interface converter
  • data logger
  • visualization tool

 

Typical ways of use (3 functions: C-L-V) 

  • Functionality of a protocol and interface converter (Convert) – collecting data from input interfaces (e.g. Ethernet or USB), converting and transferring to output interfaces, GPRS or to external modules.
  • Functionality of a data logger (Log) – archiving the collected data with an option to save it as a file, into a database or to transmit it external systems (e.g. SCADA).
  • Functionality of access via Websites (Visualize) Graphic Visualization, via Web browser, in order to read and control processed data and alarm statuses. 

NPE Features

Basic Information 

  • Wide range of communication interfaces including built-in wireless GPRS/3G communication
  • Standard protocol support (e.g. MODBUS, SNMP, M-Bus, 1-Wire) with the possibility to install dedicated user protocols
  • Huge possibilities of data registration due to the built-in 1GB Flash memory and SD card support
  • Possibility to present websites directly from the device in order to visualize current and archived data and for remote control
  • Ready software for creating ladder diagrams 

Hardware Features: 

  • Adapted to continuous operation in industrial conditions
  • Powerful, energy-efficient processor
  • Large amount of RAM installed to run multiple independent services
  • Wide selection of I/O interfaces: including digital and analog I/O, relay outputs
  • Built-in RS-232/485, Ethernet, GRPS/3G communication
  • Economic 1-Wire bus support (mainly used for reading temperature and pressure sensors)
  • Hardware version with client logo on request (OEM version). 

Software

 

We provide software which enables to configure any functionality together with the NPE industrial computer. Example packages are presented below: 

  • Linux 2.6.28 kernel version with typical packages and tools
  • The libNPE library for hardware interface support. It is also a tool for remote automatic software update (softmgr)
  • GPRS/3G package - for managing wireless connection (with functionality to monitor a connection status, multiplexing service, DynDNS service, SMS support tools
  • 1-Wire package for scanning and reading the sensors located on the bus 

 

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See also

  • mBus

    menu mbusThe mBus series converters are perfect for connecting any M-Bus network device with devices equipped with RS-232 communication interface.

  • NX Dynamics

    NX-Dynamics

    Web-based graphical user interface for the NPE/iMod devices operated via a Web browser.

  • TECHBOX

    menu techbox

    TECHBOX is a reliable, fanless industrial computer. Rugged design and low energy consumption make it a perfect device for operation in industrial conditions.

  • iModCloud

    menu imodcloud1iModCloud allows you to manage a whole group of the NPE/iMod devices like a single unit.

  • NPE X1000

    menu nx1000The NPE X1000 industrial computers offer an extensive set of hardware resources and ease of use. It is a universal platform for advanced projects.

  • iMod

    menu imodiMod - reliable, versatile and easy to configure platform designed for remote control and monitoring in automation systems.