An introduction to MICA
The HARTING MICA (Modular Industrial Computer Architecture) is the first of its kind, bringing to life the concept of Industry 4.0. We’ve spent some time with MICA to explore its functionality and see what it can do for you. So let’s find out what it’s all about…
MICA is a tiny rugged industrial computer for use in production environments. This compact yet powerful box enables you to save, process and evaluate production data, turning your machines into smart devices. MICA uses open software architecture (LINUX) so it can be easily customised depending on the application. This provides complete freedom and flexibility to the user, ensuring MICA is ideal for system integrators and software developers in any industry.
What does MICA do?
MICA enables data processing within the immediate vicinity of the machine or equipment. It communicates with central IT systems and the cloud to help create intelligent networks at all levels of the operation. Internally, the product is made up of three circuit boards:
- Supply board: with power supply, network connection and 24v GPIO
- Processor board: with CPU, memory eMMC and MicroSD slot
- Configurable custom function board: can be set up to meet your individual application requirements
Why use MICA?
The rugged design is IP67 rated to meet the demands of harsh industrial environments and applications. Secure remote access enables key updates and repair work to be completed via a web browser, therefore reducing the cost of maintenance. It provides simple data processing between terminal devices and IT systems, including the cloud. MICA is compact so can fit anywhere, even on a DIN rail using a secure mounting bracket.
MICA is a one-time investment. There are no licensing or leasing fees and the open environment enables prototyping and development at low costs. Another key benefit is the software flexibility, allowing you to choose the programming language and development environment.
Where can MICA be used?
The possibilities are endless with MICA. Easy customisation and the use of open software architecture means that it can be developed to meet your specific requirements, whether it’s tracking goods, improving production efficiency or monitoring operational data.