19. May 2016

MICA Basics


The HARTING IIC MICA (Integrated Industry Computing Modular Industrial Computer Architecture) is the first of its kind, bringing to life the concept of Internet of Things (IoT). We’ve spent some time with MICA to explore its functionality and see what it can do for you. Let’s take a step back and find out what it’s all about…

Looking at the basics, MICA is a tiny rugged industrial computer, for use in production environments. This compact yet powerful box enables you to temporarily save, process and evaluate data, making your machines smart devices. MICA uses open software architecture (LINUX) so the software can be customised depending on the application. This provides complete freedom and flexibility to the user. This product is ideal for system integrators and software developers in any industry.

The possibilities are endless with MICA, so why not get your geek on and read more...

So what does MICA do?
MICA enables data processing within the immediate vicinity of the machine and/or equipment. It communicates with central IT systems, and the cloud to help create intelligent networks at all levels of the operations. 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-based board -  which can be developed 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 maintenance 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. The MICA is compact, so can fit anywhere, even on a DIN rail using a secure mounting bracket.

The cost of MICA is a one-time investment. There are no licensing or leasing fees, and the open development environment enables prototyping and development at low costs. Another key benefit is the software flexibility, allowing the user to choose the programming language and development environment.

What connection technology does MICA use?
MICA is available in two versions – MICA Basic and MICA USB. The basic model is a custom configurable function-based circuit board for making versatile hardware adjustments. The USB model incorporates two IP67 USB ports already built into the function board. It is possible to customise the MICA to meet your requirements.

Where can MICA be used?
The possibilities are endless with MICA. The customisation means that the product can be developed to meet your specific requirements – whether it’s tracking products, improving production efficiency or monitoring operation data. Take a look at some of the applications on our webpage.

Let’s get technical
View the technical information pdf here

And the award goes to…MICA!
In April 2016, we were proud to announce MICA won the HERMES award for innovation. Read more here.

Want to discover more?
Explore the MICA webpage for further information or contact our specialist Product Manager, Gavin Stoppel here.

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