Tosibox supports machine builder’s business growth by enabling new business models

Extron utilizes TOSIBOX® technology and NouxCloud IoT platform to take their business to the next level. 

Future proof and scalable TOSIBOX® solution is a long-term investment as it grows with the company’s business needs. Unique TOSIBOX® technology with two-way data flow enables future growth for Extron without any limitations. 

For data collection and visualization, Extron partnered with NouxNode. TOSIBOX® and NouxCloud is the winning combination for secure data acquisition and data processing on the edge as well as in the cloud. Combination is a perfect fit as NouxCloud can fully utilize TOSIBOX® technology.

 

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10 years ago: Need for a secure remote maintenance solution

Extron’s customers were looking for reliable processes and as little downtime as possible for their machines. When maintenance was needed, it was not always possible for the company to send engineers to their customers’ sites.

Extron is a Finnish company supplying production lines, machinery and services to plastics industry. Their customers manufacture plastic pipes, profiles, blown films and plastic-coated paperboard mainly in the Nordics and CIS.

Extron’s customers were looking for reliable processes and as little downtime as possible for their machines. When maintenance was needed, it was not always possible for the company to send engineers to their customers’ sites. Extron decided to look for a remote access solution to enable remote maintenance for their machines.

After testing some remote access solutions, it became evident that they did not work for the company. Cyber security was not up to Extron’s strict standards and usability did not meet their needs.

Deploying easy and secure TOSIBOX® remote access

TOSIBOX® is a standardized way of building VPN connections based on a patented connection method. The configuration-free Plug & Go™ implementation easy to carry out even without special IT skills.

Finally, Extron came across secure TOSIBOX® remote access solution. In the testing phase, they found out that establishing a connection was faster and easier than expected. It took just a few minutes, including unboxing the devices. After that it was clear that Extron wanted to install TOSIBOX® Locks in all their machines. 

TOSIBOX® is a standardized way of building VPN connections based on a patented connection method. The configuration-free Plug & Go™ implementation easy to carry out even without special IT skills. The unique feature of TOSIBOX® technology is the two-way connectivity that brings the benefits of IP networking plus remote maintenance with one technology. 

When a need for remote maintenance is detected, Extron’s automation engineer connects the machine via TOSIBOX® Key and makes the necessary updates and adjustments remotely.

Today: Developing a new business model with the help of Tosibox and NouxCloud

It was quickly realized that TOSIBOX® and NouxCloud is the winning combination for secure data acquisition and data processing on the edge as well as in the cloud.

Future proof and scalable TOSIBOX® solution is a long-term investment as it grows with a company’s business needs. Unique TOSIBOX® technology with two-way data flow enables future growth for Extron without any limitations. 

Now, after 10 years and a hundred TOSIBOX® installations later, Extron decided to take their business to the next level with data acquisition. As they already had TOSIBOX® Locks with secure connections installed to their machines for remote maintenance, no further fittings were needed. All Extron needed to do was start collecting data from the machines and utilize it. 

For data collection and visualization, Extron partnered with NouxNode. Before NouxNode and NouxCloud IoT platform, Extron tested other solutions. They quickly realized that TOSIBOX® and NouxCloud is the winning combination for secure data acquisition and data processing on the edge as well as in the cloud. Combination is a perfect fit as NouxCloud can fully utilize TOSIBOX® technology.

For Extron the compatibility of TOSIBOX® technology and NouxCloud platform means huge savings: they did not need to use costly external consultants for connecting the machines and the cloud and their new VASTE cloud storage service since they were able to do it in-house.

With VASTE service, Extron is now able to collect the most valuable parameters of extrusion process for operators use in clear graphical view and automate production indicators and reports. The time stamped data facilitates product traceability and ensures quality. 

For the future, data collection opens up new opportunities in the form of predictive maintenance, AI and machine learning. Predictive maintenance allows the company to forecast when maintenance is needed or to determine when physical assets need repairs. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are available options, when there is need to dissect large amounts of data to optimize products and processes.

Benefits

“We have equipped our machines with Tosibox for almost 10 years so we have quite many connections to our machines. We have access to pretty much all data in those production lines and we have been developing a new business around it.”

Niko Holm, Head of Electrical Department, Extron Engineering Oy

 

  1. Modern and future proof technology
    Possibility to build new business models on the existing infrastructure 
  2. Easy installation
    No need for specific IT skills when taking the solution initially into use or later when expanding its usage
  3. Reliable and secure connectivity
    Remote maintenance brings enhanced customer experience and a boost in efficiency
  4. No need for large investments
    In-house implementation with low-code tools

 


 

Extron is a pioneering company with nearly forty years of experience in designing and manufacturing high-tech machinery for the world leading companies in plastics industry. They have a track record of hundreds of successfully built machinery and production lines for the extrusion coating, blow film and plastic pipes, profiles and pipe fitting factories.

 

Noux Node specializes in industrial automation, IoT-solutions and software engineering.

Noux Node specializes in industrial automation, IoT-solutions and software engineering. Noux Node IoT platform NouxCloud is low-code solution which allows OEM to build digital service layer in-house without heavy up-front investments. Platform is built on microservices and uses latest technology, which makes the solution extremely versatile, flexible and agile.