Hardware fit for purpose

Edge processing with Raspberry Pi

Getting results that matter

Hardware that meets the
needs of Industry

Description

8 Digital IO lines & Serial

Works with common 0-30V sensors
Sink 0.85 AMP per channel output
RS232/422/485 port
Bluetooth - for wireless sensors
Can be used with other Brainboxes devices

Description

Industrial Format

Integral DIN mount
Colour coded and numbered terminal blocks
Heatsink
Dual redundant 5-30 VDC power supply

Description

Multiple ways to Connect

Separate LAN and wider network ports
Extendible Wi-Fi antenna
Wi-Fi can be used as access point
Tap to read settings with NFC

Description

UPS power management - prevents corruption

Power management system supplying correct voltage to Pi
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) making sure the Pi shuts down cleanly
WI-FI

Want to know more?

Visit the BB-400 product page for more information, or view the datasheet for full specifications.

You can also access a range of FAQs on the BB-400 and look through the answers to more technical questions posed by other customers.

I/O connectivity to sense data, Edge Processing to sort data, Network connectivity to send data

Minimize downtime, Speed up response times and Maximise profits

All from one device

Introducing the BB-400 NeuronEdge Controller

Edge Processing with
Raspberry Pi

Why use a Pi?

Prototype on Pi and deploy seamlessly to Industry

Familiar to graduate engineers and makers
Built on mostly Open Source Technologies - Great online Community of resources and support
Many PLC problems can now be solved with familiar alternative technology
Edge processing sends only the data that matters, without the need to purchase additional PCs

Edge processing with Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi Compute 3+ module
Prototype on Pi and deploy seamlessly to Industry
Edge processing sends only the data that matters, without the need to purchase additional PCs

Description

Out of the box

Preloaded with: Raspbian Lite, Open protocols, and a mobile ready secure web admin interface
Sample code for: C#, .NET Core, Python, Node Red, Node.JS

Power Supply

Factory environments run on 12 or 24VDC

The Rasp Pi requires 5.1V – not suitable for factory environments which run on 12 or 24V
If power is lost unexpectedly the SD card can corrupt so Rasp Pi must shut down cleanly

BB-400 is more than just a Pi:

  • Power management system supplying correct voltage to Pi
  • 5-30VDC Dual Redundant Power Input ideal for factory floor
  • Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) making sure the Pi shuts down cleanly, preventing corruption of the disc

 

Heat Dissipation

Industrial products need to work at high temperatures

When the Pi gets hot it reduces it’s core frequency to keep the CPU temp below the threshold. This reduces processing power and can cause shutdown in extreme situations.

BB-400 meets the right spec:

  • Custom heatsink over the Pi
  • Tests show no throttling even at 100% CPU usage
  • Doubles the performance of the Pi compared to no heat sink

Realtime IO

In a world of PLCs you need instant response

The Raspberry Pi has an operating system that is more than capable of handling the edge processing and data visualisation. However because it is a full operating system it has to multi task and isn’t dedicated to real time I/O.

BB-400 is twice as smart:

  • We give the job of real time I/O to a dedicated on-board Ardunio.
  • Out of the box your BB-400 comes with firmware designed to monitor and control the I/O lines through the Ardunio.  
  • This open source firmware can of course be modified should you need.

 

Mounting & Connections

Industry format is DIN mount and terminal blocks

The Rasp Pi is just the base you have to build your application
Doesn’t have an enclosure and you need to build theconnections you need

BB-400 is quick to install:

  • Integral DIN mount
  • Colour coded and numbered terminal blocks
  • Multiple network options
  • Can be used with other Brainboxes devices to expand the connections

Want to know more?

Visit the BB-400 product page for more information, or view the datasheet for full specifications.

You can also access a range of FAQs on the BB-400 and look through the answers to more technical questions posed by other customers.

Customise your
experience

Use out of the box or customise

The BB-400 come preloaded and ready to use with:

  • Raspbian Lite
  • Open protocols
  • Web Admin Interface - mobile ready, secure, runs in browser
  • BB Command line interface - deploy your BB-400 configuration across 1,000s of devices
  • Docker - customise with pre-built containers, like our Node-RED app or write your own

Built on Open Source Tech

Highly compatible
Great online Community of resources and support
Free sample code for: C#, .NET Core, Python, Node-RED, Node.JS

Description

Completely Customise

Customise with APIs and Docker, REST, WebSockets, or .NET APIs
Program in your favourite language
Command line interface - deploy your configuration across 1,000s of devices

Description

Docker containers

Docker provides applications in “containers” that can be downloaded through the web interface on the BB-400
Pre-built Brainboxes containers are available
Each container runs like a mini virtual machine holding an application in isolation from its environment

Description

Node-RED

Node-RED is a visual programming interface originally developed by IBM
It is quick and easy to get started with, even if you have little to no programming experience
A simple Node-RED application comes pre-loaded onto the BB-400
Worked examples are available in our FAQs

As it happens alerts for maintenance engineers, review later data for production managers