If you’re involved with manufacturing, there’s a high probabili- ty you’re getting inundated with reasons to collect more data, to become smarter, to connect everything to everything. The examples smack you in the face at tradesho ws, clog your inboxes, and may even appear in this very article.
So many actionable insights to be had. You’re practically
losing money by not doing it. It’s the only way to go.
Despite the noise around it, embracing the Industrial
Internet of Things really does make a lot of sense. It allows
everyone from CEO down to operator to better understand
and conduct operations, but there are incidental consequences to deal with when you do connect everything,
specifically the mess of cables running all over the place.
They allow your machines to stream torrents of data, but they
can also make your factory floor look like a pit of snakes.
If you suffer from ophidiophobia (the fear of snakes),
you can see why that could be problematic. If you fear
downtime even more, drowning in miles of cable causes
even greater concern.
“Cables lack flexibility, and the maintenance and total
cost of ownership can be pretty extensive,” says Gabi Daniely, chief strategy officer at Core Tigo. The Israeli startup’s
overall mission is to “expand the Industrial Io T revolution,”
which they plan to do by providing custom IO-Link Wireless
network solutions for industrial mission critical applications.
They connect sensors and actuators to PLCs as reliably and
securely as the wired options.
“What we’re doing is basically unbinding the industrial
space from cables,” Daniely says.
The industrial areas that could benefit the most include
robotic arms, large linear robots, mobile devices, and machines in hazardous environments.
Founded two years ago by former Apple and Texas Instruments employees, Core Tigo aims to decrease TCO and
increase flexibility for
and OEMs that require
the IO-Link (IEC 61131-
will be a key factor to
spur smart automation
adoption and demystify a plant’s digital
The vast majority
of IO-Link devices use
M12 connectors, says
the IO Consortium,
making them easy to
install and interface.
Along with simplifying
inventory and installation, it’s easier to keep
track of individual sensors, which all have an
IO Device Description
What makes Core-
Tigo interesting is that
its wireless technology
retains the benefits of
the robust IO-Link performance of wired connections and
nearly matches the latency, critical for accurate real-time
understanding of machine data.
“It improves their solution’s mean time between failures,
and enables a more elegant and less cumbersome solution,”
Core Tigo’s solutions, deployed as plug-in dongles or printed
onto PCBs, support eight devices at 1 ms and up to 40 clients
(slaves) within a 5 ms latency. The communication has a
range of 10 meters between slave devices and the master.
Compared to other wireless systems, Daniely says the
reliability is six orders of magnitude better. Part of this is due
to these smart connections using machine learning.
“We take advantage of the entire ( 2. 4 gHz band) spectrum
and do adaptive frequency hopping,” says Daniely, a former
Intel engineer. “Each transmission from the sensor is done
on a different channel and bearing. It’s always understanding
The available products include the TigoAir SOM (System
on Module) embedded inside a robot end-of-arm gripper,
TigoBridge that externally connects to the sensor so it can
talk to the master, and the TigoMaster that communicates
with up to 40 IO-Link Wireless Devices simultaneously. The
TigoStarter Developer’s Kit allows users to test the Master,
Bridge and devices connected to actuators or sensors to
better acquaint themselves with the IO-Link Wireless tech.
The solution could drastically reduce the time and complexity it would take to increase data visibility in factory automation, material handling automation (mobile robots and
automated storage and retrieval systems) and retrofitting
legacy equipment to make dumb machines smart.
Pilots for the new solution are ongoing, and Siemens has
nurtured CoreTigo in its Tel Aviv startup incubator called
Siemens Dynamo. In February, Core Tigo raised $10 million
from Qualcomm Ventures and Sierra Ventures
“The rapidly evolving Industry 4.0 and Industrial IOT make
Core Tigo’s offering timely given their technology is targeting
standard-based low power, low cost, and robust wireless
mission critical connectivity” said Boaz Peer, Director at
Qualcomm Ventures for Qualcomm Israel Ltd. “We believe it
has great potential to impact the industrial space along with
technologies like 5G, which Qualcomm is making possible.”
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Wireless IIoT Tech Seeks to Untangle the
By John Hitch
A Tel Aviv startup claims its industrial-grade wireless networks are as secure and reliable as cabled systems, opening
up the potential for a less costly, more flexible IIoT deployment.
Core Tigo’s IO-Link Wireless Solution maintains the performance of wired connections and nearly
matches the latency, critical for accurate real-time understanding of machine data.