Collect manufacturing data with plug-and-play ease
Factbird® DUO is a plug-and-play industrial IoT gateway that provides you with real-time manufacturing data from analog and digital sensors. Get a clear overview of your production lines and start making data-driven decisions today.
Your path to operational excellence
Use Factbird® DUO to collect and analyze production data to optimize your operations and drive continuous improvement.
An end-to-end system that seamlessly integrates with your shop floor.
Installation can be done in under an hour while production continues uninterrupted.
Start finding bottlenecks, reducing waste, increasing output, and optimising production right away.
Advanced encryption and secure network communication ensure maximum protection of your data.
Why choose Factbird® DUO?
Factbird devices simplify manufacturing data collection by automatically gathering data from sensors of your choice. The collected data is securely sent to the Factbird Cloud Application where it is transformed into actionable insights.
- Installs in under an hour
The Factbird® DUO is a non-intrusive solution that is easy to retrofit on shop floors, without causing interruptions or downtime.
- No IT integrations necessary
Streamlined implementation, allowing for quick and efficient deployment without system overhauls and immediate productivity results.
- Secure data handling
Advanced encryption and secure network communication protocols ensure the utmost security for you manufacturing data.
Factbird® DUO features
- Compatible with analog and digital input sensors
- Cellular (4G LTE, 3G, 2G) and dual-band WiFi connectivity
- Hardware based encryption
- Secure MQTT network communication
- Automatic buffering in case of data connection failure
- Compact size (151 x 43 x 73mm / 5.9 x 1.7 x 2.8 in)
How you'll use Factbird
Why customers love Factbird® DUO
Enhance your data analysis with powerful add-ons
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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