Remote service technicians are continually challenged to keep track of complex networking configurations for establishing communications to remote devices. This is especially problematic for the Siemens S-7 family of controllers where unintentional changes made to the PLC communication configuration can alter its program thereby causing a loss of communication and disruption of the machine operation. To solve this critical issue Ei3 has launched is latest development, Enodia, a Remote Service Helper application, that enables IP address and port redirection during simultaneous remote machine connections over Ei3’s Argo remote service network. Enodia, symbolically named after the Greek god of gateways, creates a transparent gateway over the secure Ei3 network, between computers using Siemens Step 7 PLC programming software to a Siemens Step 7 PLC on a machine. Spencer Cramer, CEO of Ei3 Corporation, asserted that “the release of Ei3′s Enodia application demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement. Enodia increases the ability of service technicians to rapidly respond to their customers’ needs and that makes Ei3’s Argo remote service platform more valuable.”
Enodia is a desktop executable program that requires no installation by the user making the remote connection into the PLC. In comparison to other PLC applications, Enodia has a significantly smaller footprint that has no effect on other computer programs and requires minimal computer resources. To further benefit the user, Enodia features status indicators for each device on the machine being remotely accessed. “Enodia makes it possible to easily connect to Siemens PLCs and other remote devices using the local IP address and port configurations thereby making the remote service network completely transparent to the technician’s programming software,” according to Anatoliy Birman, Senior Director of Application Development.
Enodia is a secure application that provides granular access to targeted machine control devices through the use of an Ei3 Argo session security key. Using an Argo security key ensures that Enodia only grants access to authorized users of the remote service network. One important usability feature of Enodia is its ability to automatically gather a list of machine devices from Ei3’s Argo remote service platform. As with all Ei3 remote monitoring over Internet products, exceptional security measures are implemented and maintained to guarantee the privacy of our partners and end-customers.