Here are just a few of the Agriculture growers, OEMs, and distributors that use our products to solve unique challenges:

Incorporating IIoT Features and Functionality to Better Monitor Production

The function of IoT in agriculture is to bring a circle of examination, supervision, decision making, and action into the farming procedure. Today’s agricultural equipment essentially translates to smart factories on wheels including autonomous operation, sensor backed data collection as well as the innate ability to recognize and address potential issues on the fly. However, even with so many smart pieces of equipment, the real value comes from the amazing level of interconnectivity driving enhanced decision-making capabilities despite the many fluctuating factors farmers face such as weather, diseases or pests.

Solutions for Logging, Sawing, Drying, Processing, Inventory, or Chipping

Thanks to improved logging technology, companies can harvest high quality hardwood that was not previously accessible while creating minimal impact on the environment. Logs are delivered to lumber facility to be processed in a sawmill and stacked using automatic stacks to reduce warping and other damage. Depending on species, the lumber might be placed in open yards for air-drying or sent to a kiln for curing, then further processed to fit the customers’ unique requirements. Control and monitor all phases of lumber manufacturing with a Maple Systems solution.

Indoor Farming Provides Sustainable and Scalable Advantages

Traditionally, a farmer’s world would involve things like seeds, fertilizer, harvest season, and the geographic location of the farm itself. Indoor farms create an entirely new set of factors to be considered and monitored: spectra of light, photoperiod (day/night cycles), intensity of light, irrigation schedules, nutrients, airflow, temperature, humidity, and CO2. A Maple Systems solution can control these variables and can adjust them hour by hour (or even minute by minute) to optimize plant health. Collecting and monitor different data points helps companies make better decisions.

Free EBPro Programming Software provides easy integration with built-in drivers for over 300 PLCs, including drivers for Allen-Bradley, Siemens, Emerson, Omron, and Panasonic.

These controllers with displays range in size from 4.3”, 7.0”, to 10.1”. I/O modules offer digital inputs and outputs, with analog I/O as well. Our HMI+PLC models are ideal for harsh locations with their Class I, Div 2 rating.

Our HMC series combines a Touch Screen HMI and PLC all in one unit. Utilized worldwide to employ diverse applications, our HMI PLCs lower costs, save space, and feature options including: Serial and Ethernet communication, support for Class I, Division 2 installations, and numerous I/O configurations.

HMI+PLCs provide an affordable combination of display and control in a single package and programmed by using our MAPware-7000 software, which allows you to have web server functionality, data logging, recipes, graphs, alarms, trending, create objects with multiple tasks, and more.

You can use serial and ethernet communication to remote access via Modbus to expansion I/O, making these controls capable of any size application. IEC 61131-3 Programing language. With the 4.3” and 7″ HMC options for Class 1, Div 2, they’re great for small spaces where there is no room for a PLC.

These loT products are designed to meet the expanding need for new ways to connect to equipment, while still preserving the core function of a fixed operator terminal. Operators are free to remotely monitor and control equipment with any smart/mobile device, from anywhere in the world.

Data is an extremely valuable resource that creates immense opportunities for growth and increased profitability. For agriculture and lumber companies, the challenge is to efficiently collect, analyze, and visualize masses of data from SCADA systems, terminals, facilities and safety systems. This data, in turn, supports operational insight and business value—all while improving return on investment.

Maple Systems Alphanumeric OITs are powerful, affordable operator interface terminals. Our units offer best-in-class features including 2 and 4-line LCD and VFD Displays,16 and 24-key keypads, unique user-definable keypads, and slide-in legends. With the ability to communicate with more than 100 brands of PLCs such as Emerson, GE, Koyo, Mitsubishi, Schneider, Control Microsystems ScadaPack series, and many more; motion controllers, temperature controllers, and embedded microcontrollers, you can easily create the perfect operator interface terminal for your application.

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)

Connect the Hardware Using a Protocol You Know

Maple Systems offers all the components you need to create your own unique level of supervisory data acquisition and control, from the simplest stand-alone machine to sophisticated multi-device networked production line(s), all the way to enterprise-level operations and IIoT functionalities leveraging cloud connectivity.

Log data from your devices to aid in reporting, to gain efficiencies, reduce downtime, and plan for routine maintenance. Add additional IIoT functionality like MQTT, OPC UA, Ignition, SQL database integration, and more. Our products can help you standardize communications between devices, gluing different systems together for one source to your SCADA. No need to redesign your entire application.

Keep the components that are already working for you, just add Maple Systems components to grow your abilities to supervise, control, and acquire data.

To learn more about how our products work together to create scalable SCADA solutions, visit our SCADA solutions page.

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