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Ruggedized Raspberry Pi


Ruggedized Raspberry Pi

netPI, Hilscher’s industrialized Raspberry Pi 3 computer, is approaching its second birthday. According to Hilscher, sales have far exceeded expectations as automation professionals spot opportunities in industry.

Housed in an industrial-grade enclosure with a hardened board design, netPI performs in tough environments and is fully Raspberry Pi 3 compatible. It can be a simple controller or a powerful PLC, and it can get applications connected to the cloud for low-cost entry to IIoT/Industry 4.0. Warehousing and environmental control are just two applications under development now. It’s being used at the heart of open edge connectivity systems in IIoT and Industry 4.0 applications. Used with the popular CoDeSys package, netPI can even be a fully-fledged PLC.

The netPI CORE version is a basic Raspberry Pi in a ruggedized housing, with one Ethernet port. The netPI RTE includes Hilscher’s own netX chip. This version offers full dual-port RTE connectivity and can run Docker “container” applications that, with other security features, mean that it can be used safely and securely by industry. netPI´s software architecture complies with IEC 62443. Sample Docker code for container applications for accessing six major cloud apps is available for free. Since netPI is fully Raspberry Pi compatible, Docker container applications can be developed on the low-cost standard Pi product before being moved to the netPI platform. For OEMS, Hilscher offers netPI versions for “Own Brand” labelling.


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