April 17, 2018
Bedrock Automation has introduced a lower-cost and high-performance controller that combines PLC, RTU and edge control; intrinsic cyber security; and universal I/O into a compact standalone module that is ideal for remote monitoring and control applications. The Bedrock OSA® Remote is configured with the standard Bedrock IEC 61131-3 engineering tools, and features a wide operating temperature range, a hardened metal enclosure, and pricing below conventional mini PLCs or RTUs.
“Many users automating remote operations in public utilities, oil & gas, pipelines and other applications want the intrinsic security, software-defined I/O, open engineering software tools, and high performance of our Bedrock OSA system, but need fewer than 20 I/O and do not need the higher channel count and redundancy our backplane provides,” says Bedrock Automation Founder and CEO, Albert Rooyakkers. “For those applications we have packed our core Bedrock functionality into a unified small footprint. This drives the cost of engineering, implementing, operating and securing edge automation to record lows, reducing barriers to IIoT and Industry 4.0 business innovation.”
The Bedrock OSA Remote starting price of $2900 is just one way that Bedrock Automation is driving down the cost of PLC, RTU and edge control. Cyber security, universal I/O, small footprint, open connectivity, free engineering software, broad temperature operating range and sheer computing power also contribute in the following ways:
OSA Remote takes up minimal cabinet real estate, which is important in remote areas where space is at a premium.
“Bedrock Automation recognizes that implementing open control solutions at the edge offers the potential to deliver tremendous financial benefits for end users by flattening automation hierarchies to eliminate much of the cost and effort it might otherwise take to maintain and operate those layers,” says Mark Sen Gupta, Director of Research, ARC Advisory Group. “But the company also recognizes that unless this openness is protected from cyber threats, all the elegance of open solutions could be for naught. Bedrock Automation’s OSA Remote is that company’s solution for secure edge control in remote sites.”