PCLIO-0808-Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Anaheim Automation's remote I/O units are great for all applications that require additional inputs and outputs. Our remote I/O units are programmable with SignIO, Anaheim Automation's Android Application, which can be found on the Google Play store. This application gives the user full control over the I/O unit from a remote location via a phone, tablet or any other Android device. Our remote I/O unit is a great fit for I/O monitoring, a diagnostic tool or a machine control. With the PCLIO the user no longer has to detach our I/O unit from their application; simply scan, connect, view/edit, or add to the program.
Anaheim Automation's PCLIO-0808-BT is a wireless I/O module that uses Bluetooth Specification for remote monitoring/downloading. With the PCLIO-0808-BT the user can toggle outputs based on input conditions, verify the module status, and wait up to 3 hours to execute the next command. The unit allows the user to access all of the I/O module's commands with a phone or tablet, offering both simplicity and convenience. The I/O module has two modes: Direct Talk, which can be used by any Bluetooth Master to send text commands directly to the PCLIO-0808-BT, or Programmable Mode, where the user can use the Android App to load a routine onto the PCLIO-0808-BT. The SMC60BT application is available for download via the Google Play store for Android devices 2.2 or higher.
Bluetooth I/O Module
Series # Voltage
Requirement
I/O Programmable Communication
Protocol
Program
Memory
Helpful
Links
PCLIO-0808-BT 9-12 VDC 8I/8O Yes Bluetooth 2 Kb
*Please click on the Series # for a complete part number and pricing.
Bluetooth Fundamentals
  • Bluetooth - Background
  • Bluetooth - Tablet vs. HMI Control
  • Bluetooth - Benefits of Wireless Control
  • Bluetooth - Types of Wireless Connections
  • Bluetooth - Selecting the Right Wireless Connection
  • Bluetooth - Bluetooth IO Content
  • Bluetooth - Environmental Considerations
  • Bluetooth - Bluetooth Classes
  • Bluetooth - Future Concepts
  • Bluetooth - When Wireless is Not the Solution
  • Bluetooth - Emerging Wireless Protocols
Bluetooth Background
While the history of wireless motion control has yet to be written, the trend is quickly emerging. Wireless technology has already expanded across multiple industries as people seek the need to communicate quickly, easily, and effectively. Inevitably, wireless technology will evolve into a useful tool for motion control in the industrial world, as wireless controllers cut costs, eliminate downtime, and reduce installation errors.

Recognizing the potential in wireless motion control, Anaheim Automation has introduced a line of wireless motor controllers to simplify system control. These new controllers allow the user to monitor the status of a production line from a remote location. With a 328 foot range for programming and feedback purposes, these wireless controllers entail a basic set up, and have the capability to network a number of motors from one master tablet.
Bluetooth Tablet vs. HMI Control
With the rising costs of industrial control panels and the decreasing costs of tablet PCs, Anaheim Automation has chosen Android Tablets and Apple iPads to support their wireless controllers. Not only do these personal tablets offer a substantial cost-savings over HMI units, but they are capable of controlling multiple system functions from a sleek and compact touch screen display. The tablets are open-source and easy to use, ridding the user of programming limitations. Tablets offer more than their HMI counterparts at a lower price; providing the user with portability, functionality, and elegance in one simple package.

Each controller comes with fully functioning software that can be conveniently downloaded from both the Android Market and the App Store, straight to the Tablet. Tablets also allow the user to write their own software application if they choose. The versatility these PC tablets offers greatly outweighs the benefits of using traditional HMI units; not to mention tablets can be used for much more outside of the user’s application!
Benefits of Wireless Control
Wireless motion control provides numerous benefits over wired motion control, including but not limited to:

• The ability to send and receive feedback via text, e-mail or tweet about the condition of a device
• Better GUIs make programming easier for the end user, and allows access across multiple platforms
• Users can program their unit via a tablet, phone, laptop or PC.
• Wireless sensors can take snapshots of problematic areas which can be emailed to the operator, providing greater insight
• Wireless on/off control of home automation appliances
• The elimination of wires cuts cost and reduces installation errors
Types of Wireless Connections
Bluetooth

Bluetooth is the most standardized protocol for wireless control, and has over the years integrated itself into mobile phones, tablets, headsets and PCs. Bluetooth is the immediate choice for smaller installations because a Bluetooth module typically has a max number of slaves that can connect and exchange information giving you system limitations.

WLAN

Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) is incredibly popular in the consumer sector, used worldwide. WLAN is a far more sophisticated communication protocol than Bluetooth, capable of supporting an infinite amount of wireless controllers and motors. The integration of a wireless controller is not only easy, but it simplifies communication, because more often than not the rest of the system is wired to a LAN. WLAN installations support strong encryption, DHCP, along with various other well-known protocols. WLAN allows for remote diagnostics and control, allowing the user access over the public internet with standard equipment.

ZigBee

ZigBee is the ideal choice for a wireless controller when mesh networking is being utilized. In a mesh network, data traffic utilizes various routes, automatically traveling from node to node until it reaches its destination. If a node becomes unavailable, ZigBee will find alternative routes to ensure packet delivery to the wireless controller. Mesh networking allows for data to reach any wireless controller (as long as there are enough radios or other wireless devices) in between the first node and destination node.
Selecting the Right Wireless Connection
To select the right wireless connection, the following questions must be considered:

• Is an internet connection required?
• What range will the product need to communicate?
   • 6LoWPAN for long range
   • ANT or Bluetooth for low energy
• Will it support multiple nodes?
   • Zigbee or 6LoWPAN
   • Battery Powered or plugged in?
   • If battery powered
      • Bluetooth
      • ANT
      • ZigBee
      • 6LoWPAN
• How much will the wireless alternative save in maintenance, downtime or operational costs?
   • Increasing in bottom-line profits
   • 25 ft. of wiring equaling the cost of a complete wireless system
Bluetooth IO Content
General for Future Families
Bluetooth is the most standardized protocol for wireless control, and has over the years integrated itself into mobile phones, tablets, headsets and PCs. Our Remote IO units are certified from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) and meet all SIG standards. Anaheim Automations remote IO units operate up to the 300ft with speeds up to 187.5 Kbps. With so many different possible interfaces our remote unit can run in a direct talk mode which can trigger memory functions, routines or just monitor activity. The remote IO unit has 8 relay outputs with 8 inputs which and can be configured as digital, analog or act as interrupts. Anaheim Automation provides software for Android, I-phone and Windows phone devices which are available in each of their App Stores. These powerful and simplistic software packages make it incredibly easy to store routines triggered by text, digital and analog inputs. Anaheim Automation also provides customer assistance for developers trying to create their own interface. Bluetooth IO units are the immediate choice for wireless diagnostic tools because of its connection simplicity and reliability.

Specific
The PCLIO-0808-BT also has a high level programming command set that includes: branching, looping, conditional statements, time delays, text strings, digital and analog I/O which the user can utilize in program mode to fully control all machine functionality. The I/O may be used for monitoring and controlling machine operation and/or inter-axis coordination.

The PCLIO-0808-BT has a built-in programmable reset circuit. Reset is automatic on power-up, or by pressing the external reset button. The software allows you to write and change programs that are to be stored in the PCLIO-0808-BT for auto-start use, and also upload the current program stored in the PCLIO-0808-BT for editing and viewing. The software also allows you to store the programs onto your phone or tablet, and easily retrieve them when needed.

With the PCLIO-0808-BT you no longer have to detach our IO unit from its application, you can simply scan and connect to make changes to the PCLIO-0808-BT. With the universal adoption of android smart phones Anaheim Automation has made it simple for hobbyist, oems and students to integrate wireless I/O control. The PCLIO-0808-BT has free fully functioning software SMC60BT that is available for download via the Google Play store for Android devices. With this software the user has full access to the PCLIO’s command set and peripherals.

Typical Applications
Large scale printers
Building Automation and security
Pipeline monitoring and control
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
Machine monitoring and control
Electrical substation monitoring


Industries Used
Pharmaceutical
Food and Beverage
Package Processing
Automotive Industry
Waste Water Treatment
Telecommunications
Bluetooth Environmental Considerations
Anaheim Automation's Bluetooth wireless controller is available in three different power classes, allowing for flexibility in the design process. The decision between Class 1, Class 2, or Class 3 depends on both the power rating and the distance between the Bluetooth controller and receiver. The Class 3 Bluetooth wireless controller has a very limited range but is extremely effective when communication is taking place from a few feet away. The Class 2 Bluetooth wireless controller is great when operating just over 32 feet with a maximum power rating of 2.5mW. Lastly, the Class 1 Bluetooth wireless controller offers a maximum operating range of 328 feet (line of sight) and a maximum power rating of 100mW. It is important that the user takes into consideration the power class of the receiving Bluetooth module because it is not recommended to buy a class 1 Bluetooth Controller if the receiver is class 2. Although the Bluetooth Controller and receiver will work perfectly fine within the class 2 operating range, the class 2 receiver will never be able to transmit data to the class 1 receiver once past the 32 foot range.
Bluetooth Classes
Anaheim Automation's Bluetooth wireless controller is available in three different power classes, allowing for flexibility in the design process. The decision between Class 1, Class 2, or Class 3 depends on both the power rating and the distance between the Bluetooth controller and receiver. The Class 3 Bluetooth wireless controller has a very limited range but is extremely effective when communication is taking place from a few feet away. The Class 2 Bluetooth wireless controller is great when operating just over 32 feet with a maximum power rating of 2.5mW. Lastly, the Class 1 Bluetooth wireless controller offers a maximum operating range of 328 feet (line of sight) and a maximum power rating of 100mW. It is important that the user takes into consideration the power class of the receiving Bluetooth module because it is not recommended to buy a class 1 Bluetooth Controller if the receiver is class 2. Although the Bluetooth Controller and receiver will work perfectly fine within the class 2 operating range, the class 2 receiver will never be able to transmit data to the class 1 receiver once past the 32 foot range.
Bluetooth Future Concepts
Anaheim Automation is developing a wireless I/O module that will allow anyone to access all of their home appliances through their smart phone, tablet, or PC. This wireless I/O module goes hand in hand with our wireless controller, giving the user the ability to control almost any home application such as fans, automated sliding doors, awnings, or garage doors. The possibilities of what can be networked at home are limitless. An entire sprinkler system can be controlled by downloading a single App instead of purchasing a costly programming terminal. Bluetooth can be integrated to UART, RS232, RS485, and more, ultimately cutting costs and simplifying home automation control.
When Wireless is Not the Solution
While wireless controllers offer cutting edge convenience and reliability, they may not always be the solution. Wireless controllers are not ideal in environments with high levels of electrical disturbance, making shielded cables the correct end solution. Field Bus technology may be a better alternative in environments where centralized intelligence is called for.
Emerging Wireless Protocols
Bluetooth 4.0

The Bluetooth 4.0 standard is the latest and greatest in Bluetooth technology. Announced in 2009, Bluetooth 4.0 includes the high speed data transfer that we see in Bluetooth 3.0 modules. These modules enable Bluetooth devices to jump on the 802.11 networks to transfer information at up to 25Mbps. With the new specification being able to handle much higher throughput, it can now handle data-intensive tasks such as video streaming. Since its release, the specification has made its way into watches, smart meters, pedometers and various other gadgets. Bluetooth has even been incorporated into the soles of shoes; small sensors now send bursts of data to an iPod that can monitor pressure points and give users feedback about their walking habits. With the release of Apple's iPad3, one of their main features is the incorporation of Bluetooth 4.0 which boosts the market for Bluetooth accessories further than ever.

The real benefit of Bluetooth 4.0 is energy efficiency; focusing heavily on saving battery life. The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) Executive Director Mike Foley has even gone as far as saying that a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard may last up to 5-7 years before having to replace the battery. In fact, the battery oftentimes will outlast the life of the product itself. The specification is geared toward devices that collect data frequently, either up to five times a second or just once every hour.

Wi-Fi Direct

Wi-Fi Direct is the latest technology from the Wi-Fi alliance group meant to meet consumer demand for portable wireless connectivity. Wi-Fi Direct is a peer-to-peer wireless networking protocol, meaning that various portable devices such as phones, tablets, printers, cameras, etc. can locate one another establish a connection without the need for a wireless router, access point, or hotspot.
• Wi-Fdirect utilize"Soft AP" which is a software-based access point functionality, which enables these devices to route and direct network traffic just like access points and routers.
• Wi-Fi Direct is expected to exceed Bluetooth in my facets such as; superior connectivity, greater range and security.
• Wi-Fi direct devices can connect with 802.11 Wi-Fi devices as well
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