Manufacturers of industrial equipment and machinery see the need to collect an increasing amount of product related data. This facilitates new business models such as “product as a service”, where machinery is rented out rather than sold to customers. Such new business models benefit both manufacturers and end-customers. The latter can use industrial equipment without major capital expenditures. This advantage is especially visible in the construction business.
Such business models require, however, the collection of product-specific data, e.g. in order to determine whether the product is being used within its specification or how long it has been used. In other words, machine usage and positioning data are used to determine whether contractual obligations are being met, for billing purposes as well as to better plan maintenance cycles. At the end of the day, the goal is to maximize the product’s value at the end of its usage by the end-customer.
It is necessary to deploy a flexible device platform which is able to address a wide range of application scenarios, as the manufacturer’s requirements are varied, complex and often difficult to foresee. A flexible device firmware is also an important requirement as the data capturing requirements are completely different from one manufacturer to another.
Telic developed the Linux Board Computer (LBC) to address such requirements. As the name suggests, it uses an open Linux operating systems, offers a wide range of interfaces and enables customers to deploy their own software components. The LBC is also certified for automotive applications.
This device platform has been deployed by various industrial customers, among others to capture operational data from mobile cleaning machines.