Tap into the power of automated, plug-and-play data collection

Unleash the potential of your manufacturing environment with Factbird edge devices and gateways that effortlessly integrate into your operations, providing a cost-effective, user-friendly solution that converts complex data into actionable insights.

The Factbird DUO Gathering Manufacturing Intelligence

Your plug-and-play manufacturing intelligence solution

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No equipment upgrades required
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No IT integrations necessary   
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Production remains uninterrupted
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Collect data

Send real-time data to the cloud with Industrial IoT Devices or directly from your PLCs.

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Identify bottlenecks

Visualize and analyze data with live graphs, stop-cause reporting, and OEE monitoring.

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Optimize production

Improve your manufacturing performance with accurate real-time and historical data.

Before Factbird

A typical Industrial IoT architecture for manufacturing

With Factbird

An efficient data collection industrial IoT architecture for intelligent manufacturing
Factbird® DUO

Collect manufacturing data
with plug-and-play ease

Factbird® DUO is an IIoT data collection device that is designed to provide you with reliable data automatically from the sensors of your choice. It works with all digital or analog sensors on the market and is designed to withstand any production environment.

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Factbird Manufacturing Intelligence Powered by OMRON PLC
Factbird® powered by Omron

Unlock seamless PLC data integration

Getting PLC data in the cloud is easy with Factbird® Manufacturing Intelligence powered by OMRON. Our robust PLC integrations take data from a variety of controller inputs and formats. With Factbird together with OMRON controllers, manufacturers can easily gather and analyze manufacturing data to achieve data-driven operational excellence.

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Enhance your data analysis with powerful add-ons

Factbird OMRON Industrial Sensors

Sensors

Factbird® edge devices are designed to be compatible with a wide range of sensors on the market.

We also offer a vast selection of Omron sensors tailored to specific industries and application needs, such as distance and diffuse sensors, humidity, inductive, temperature, vibration, pressure and current sensors.

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Energy meters

Connect an energy meter to the Factbird® device and get the insights you need to lower usage and enhance efficiency.
Monitor your energy consumption during standby or at various performance levels to draw value adding insights.

Factbird® connects to existing energy meters on the market or you can get our chosen solutions available for direct monitoring and transformer monitoring.

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Factbird VIEW Manufacturing Production Monitoring Video Camera

Factbird® VIEW

Gain an unparalleled understanding into every aspect of your production process with high-quality video data without the need for integration with SCADA or HMI systems.

Simply click on the relevant data point and view the corresponding video footage to quickly identify and resolve production stops.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Factbird mitigate the impact of network disruptions on data integrity and reliability?

Factbird incorporates features to mitigate the impact of network disruptions on data integrity and reliability. MQTT supports Quality of Service (QoS) levels that allow for different levels of reliability in message delivery. Factbird can configure the appropriate QoS level, ensuring that messages are reliably delivered even in the presence of intermittent network connectivity. MQTT's built-in mechanisms for message persistence and retention further enhance data integrity and reliability.

Can I choose between a general or private Factbird cloud platform for storing my PLC data?

Factbird offers the flexibility to choose between a general or private cloud platform for storing your PLC data. The general cloud platform allows you to leverage Factbird's infrastructure, ensuring ease of use and scalability. If you have specific security or compliance requirements, Factbird also provides a private cloud platform option. This enables you to have dedicated and isolated cloud resources for enhanced data privacy and control.

How scalable is Factbird for large manufacturing operations with multiple PLC systems?

Factbird is designed to be scalable and can handle large manufacturing operations with multiple PLC systems. It can accommodate a high volume of data and supports the simultaneous communication of multiple clients with the MQTT broker. As the manufacturing operation expands, Factbird can scale to meet the increased data transmission requirements efficiently.

How does Factbird facilitate data transmission from PLCs to the cloud via MQTT?

If you want to send data from one of your PLCs to the cloud using MQTT and Factbird, Factbird creates a unique client ID for the PLC. You are provided with the broker address and a detailed example of the MQTT topic that needs to be published or subscribed to. This allows the PLC to establish a connection with the broker and seamlessly transmit data to the cloud for further analysis and monitoring.

What kind of support is available for troubleshooting and technical issues with the hardware?

Our support team is always available to help you. We also have a troubleshooting hardware guide that you can access here.

How is the data transferred from the sensors to the Factbird hardware?

Sensors are connected by cable to the Factbird devices. The Factbird devices send data to the cloud through a mobile phone connection or via WiFi or Ethernet (only for Factbird Omron NX1).

What types of sensors are compatible with Factbird?

Factbird can connect to both analog and digital sensors. Factbird was developed to allow the use of many types of sensors depending on customers' specifications.

Any digital sensor that outputs NPN or PNP signal is supported, by default, it is possible to have two sensors simultaneously connected to a single Factbird® DUO.

You can find a sensor overview guide here.

What components are included in the Factbird hardware package?

The package includes, besides the device, the power supply and the power cable.

Does Factbird require an internet connection to function?

Yes. To get the data in the cloud you can connect via Wi-Fi or 4G through SIM Card.

What temperature range can Factbird be installed in?

Please see Data sheets

How do I know if I can use a Factbird for my production line?

Factbird only requires a small amount of space and a power socket. It requires 3 mm distance between the objects that run on the production line to be able to sense them.

Can the user install Factbird? Or does it need to be installed by a service engineer?

Factbird is user installable, no technical assistance is required.

How long does it take to install a Factbird?

It normally takes less than one hour from opening the package to being able to see data.

What kind of power supply does Factbird require?

100-240V, 50-60Hz.

What kinds of sensors can be connected to a Factbird?

Factbird can connect to both analog and digital sensors. Factbird was developed to allow the use of many types of sensors depending on customer's specifications.

Does Factbird come with its own sensors, or do I need to connect external sensors?

Factbird works with off-shelf external sensors, you can use your own if you have any, alternatively, we can provide them.

How do I purchase a Factbird?

If you want to purchase a Factbird, you simply contact us and we’ll help you through the process, making sure you get exactly what you need. You can either fill out a contact form or send an email to a member of our staff directly. You are also welcome to call us. You’ll find all of our contact information under contact.

How do I install Factbird

This video shows how to install Factbird hardware. It is easy and fast to install Factbird, production data collection IIoT device. Factbird can be up and running in 5 minutes. Experience the true plug-and-play installation.

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"Factbird's ease of accessibility made it possible to get the data right away, without interference with our existing IT infrastructure."

Lars Tegner Bjerre
Plant Manager
McBride

Manufacturers turn to Factbird to gain factory floor insights in real time