BinCloud® Gateway Inventory Management System

The BinCloud® Gateway from BinMaster is used to flow data seamlessly and quickly in and out of a network. It is a component of an inventory management system that receives measurement data from level sensors and transmits it to a control room, Binventory® software, or BinView® software.

Each BinCloud® Gateway is enabled by both Ethernet and 2.4 GHz WiFi. Cellular connectivity is also provided. The gateway is enclosed in a 10″ x 8″ x 4″ enclosure composed of UV-resistant, non-corrosive polycarbonate. This lockable enclosure is rated to NEMA-4X weatherproof standards. A 120–240 VAC power input is required by the gateway.

Applications

  • Component of a remote or local remote inventory monitoring system
  • Data transmission in and out of a sensor network
  • Data transmission from level sensors to a web application or software
  • A network of FVL-200/SPL-100 lasers using LoRa communication to BinView®/FeedView®/SaaS
  • Transmitting measurements from BinMaster as well as Modbus-capable devices from competitors 

Features 

  • Can be used with a wide range of network infrastructures
  • Accepts 4–20 mA, mV, RTD, digital, and potentiometer inputs
  • Supports TCP and RTU over TCP protocols 
  • Quick update times of 2 to 5 seconds
  • Cell modem can be replaced upon the launch of next-generation cellular coverage
  • Can link to multiple Modbus networks at the same time
  • Global cellular coverage using CAT-M, 4G LTE, and NB-IoT technologies
  • Can be programmed to automatically switch to cell data in the event of a downed WiFi network or Ethernet 
  • Can be used with BinMaster’s wireless technologies to link remote sensors 

Specifications 

  • Dimensions: 10″ width x 8″ thickness x 4″ depth
  • Power requirements: 120–240 VAC
  • Enclosure material: UV-resistant polycarbonate
  • Enclosure type: NEMA-4X
  • Mounting: Mounting system, gasket, and cover included
  • Weight: 4 lb.
  • Warranty: One year from date of shipment

IoT Devices to Connect Level Sensors to the Cloud

BinMaster can help simplify the installation of an inventory management system or transform the existing level sensor system into a Cloud-based program. Compact, programmable devices connect sensors using Modbus, 4–20 mA, or HART outputs to a BinCloud® cloud-based software solution. 

Wireless gateways, as well as LoRa transceivers with over-the-air technology, reduce labor and wiring costs. With the help of a daisy chain, a single analog expansion hub can link up to 16 analog sensors, thereby reducing the need for complex wiring and hardware. The HART consolidator module can link up to 15 sensors in a signal loop and can be used with any brand of HART device. 

BinMaster’s solution-centric approach is reliable for numerous scalable configurations for any size plant.

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LoRa Transceiver 

The LoRa Transceiver, LTR-100, is a wireless device used to link sensors with a two or four-wire 4–20 mA output to a BinCloud® Gateway using long-range radio technology. The LTR-100 is also an inexpensive option for linking analog sensors to a gateway used to access Binventory® or BinView® data from the Cloud. 

LoRa Transceiver 

  • Can be used with BinMaster and other brands of a sensor with 4–20 mA output
  • LoRa radio uplink is compatible with EU or US radio frequency bands
  • LoRa transceiver transmits data covering distances of up to one-mile line-of-sight
  • Prevents the need for running long spans of wire to BinCloud® gateway
  • Accepts Modbus network inputs from BinMaster 3DLevelScanner, ultrasonic sensors, or non-contact and guided wave radar
  • Easy to install, affordable, and links sensors to network

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Specifications of LTR-100

  • Dimensions: 6.75” x 4.13” x 2.44”
  • Input power: 80 to 305 VAC 50/60 Hz (250 mA maximum); 21.6 to 26.4 VDC (320 mA maximum)
  • Mounting: Mounting tabs with screw holes
  • Weight: 1 lb (0.45 kg)
  • Enclosure material: Light grey polycarbonate
  • Enclosure type: NEMA Type 4X 

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HART Consolidator Module 

HCM-100, the HART Consolidator Module, is designed to easily connect to numerous sensors using the HART protocol to the BinCloud Gateway®. The module accommodates up to 15 HART v7-enabled sensors in a daisy-chain (multi-drop) sensor network wiring configuration.

Features of the HCM-100

  • Accommodates up to 15 HART-compatible sensors
  • Links HART-enabled sensors to a BinCloud® gateway
  • Minimizes wiring costs while allowing data access from Binventory® or BinView® software
  • Weather-resistant, compact NEMA 1, 2, 4, 4X, 12, and 13 enclosure
  • Helps connect multiple HCM-100s to a single gateway
  • Local customer connection through USB for secondary client support 

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Specifications of HCM-100

  • Input: 120–240 VAC
  • Output: 24 VDC
  • Environmental: −22 °F to 140 °F (−30 °C to 60 °C)
  • Dimensions: 6.30″ x 6.30″ x 3.52″
  • Power: 30 W
  • Enclosure ratings:
    • IP: I IP65, and IP66
    • NEMA: 1, 2, 4, 4X, 12, 13
    • Flame: UL94 HB

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Analog Expansion Hub 

AEH-100, the analog expansion hub, is developed to easily set up a sensor network or to upgrade a prevailing sensor system to a Cloud-based network. The AEH-100 access data from BinView® SaaS by connecting analog sensors to the BinCloud® gateway. 

Features of the AEH-100 

  • Can be used with existing sensor systems
  • Simple all-in-one installation package eases setup
  • Includes 24 VDC onboard to power two- or four-wire sensors
  • Accommodates either 8 or 16 analog inputs
  • Multiple AEHs can be linked to BinCloud® gateway
  • Relays data to BinView® inventory management software
  • Compatible with Chiyu BF-430 universal serial device to allow an IP/Ethernet network
  • Can be used with WL-20 and WL-1 9 wireless transceivers to minimize complex wiring
  • Power distribution blocks for routing and connecting wiring
  • Highly scalable for large facilities with several sensors and vessels
  • Links to a broad range of BinMaster or other sensor brands 

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Specifications of AEH-100 

  • Inputs: Up to 16 analog inputs
  • Input power: 120–240 VAC
  • Output power supply: 24 VDC
  • Communication: RS-485 or TCP
  • Sensor support: Two- or four-wire analog
  • Dimensions: 13.2″ x 11.2″ x 7.7″ 

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How BinCloud® IoT Helps Users 

Linking a BinCloud® Software-as-a Service, like FeedView® or BinView®, to sophisticated level sensor technology through BinMaster’s IoT devices renders inventory and supply chain management relatively easy. 

Accessibility: Data is portable and available wherever there is ab internet access from a computer, tablet, or phone. 

Accurate Information: Fewer discrepancies, complete transparency, and more data leads to better decisions. Users should know what to purchase and when to order it. 

Better Control: Automation ensures minimal human intervention, centralized digital control and faster and timelier outputs. 

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Cost Containment: Direct and indirect, automation of day-to-day tasks, less overtime, no late or emergency delivery charges, and fewer inefficiencies. 

Historical Reporting: Users can handle and segregate high-turn, long lead time and materials with rigorous reporting needs.

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Improved Monitoring: Live reports of on-hand predict when users will run out and data is constantly updated easily.

Job Satisfaction: More time for planning and problem solving and less tedious work. 

Optimize Production Processes: Simplify key communication between devices and people and get everyone on the same page.

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Process Improvements: Minimize material outages and reduce production stoppages caused by shortages, fewer batch processing errors result in better quality. 

Security: Both past and present data are stored safely and securely. 

Simplicity: No IT department, no servers, no need-to-know programming to utilize software and programming updates are performed by host provider.

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Time Savings: Fewer trips to the control room, less time on the phone, handling spreadsheets and less time doing redundant or routine tasks. 

Vendor Access: BinCloud® software can make Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) part of the inventory monitoring and ordering procedure. 

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