Industrial IT monitoring
IT/OT convergence, Industry 4.0 and increased digitization all shape the way the production floor connects
and interacts with IT. This interconnectivity makes it crucial to have a unified overview
of your entire infrastructure, whether it is IT, OT, or IIoT.
PRTG is monitoring software that brings in elements from all areas, so you can monitor the health, status and condition of machines, control systems, devices, and more across IT and OT:
- Out-of-the-box support for common industrial standards and protocols –
OPC UA, MQTT, Modbus TCP and more
- Get data about the factory floor and IIoT from industrial gateways
- Monitor industrial ethernet devices in your OT environment
- Visualize your environment in dashboards that include IT, OT, and IIoT elements
- Extend the functionality of common industry solutions to provide expanded functionality
Sensors monitoring your industrial environment
- MQTT Roundtrip Sensor: Monitor the health of your MQTT implementation by measuring the message round trip time (RTT), round trip status, publisher connection time, and subscriber connection time
- MQTT Statistics Sensor: Monitor statistics for MQTT topics, such as number of incoming messages and the received payload
- MQTT Subscribe Custom Sensor: Subscribe to an MQTT topic and monitor up to ten values
- Modbus TCP Custom Sensor: Monitor your Modbus TCP server and keep an eye on peripheral devices like cooling units, power supplies, temperature, and more
- Modbus RTU Custom Sensor: Connect to a Modbus RTU server to monitor serially-connected devices
- Rittal CMC III Hardware Status: Monitor the hardware status and performance of a Rittal CMC III processing unit and all attached external Rittal sensors - to make sure that the monitoring infrastructure inside the enclosure is actually functional.
- OPC UA Server Status Sensor: Ensure that your OPC UA server is up and running by tracking the operation status, uptime, and diagnostic information.
- OPC UA Custom Sensor: Monitor up to ten values from an OPC UA server, including metrics like PLC state, device failure, battery status, error codes, and more.
- OPC UA Certificate Sensor: Monitor the OPC UA certificates in your environment and prevent certificate expiry from impacting production.
- OPC UA Notifications: Enables you to forward PRTG alerts by writing them to a predefined OPC UA tag on an OPC UA server like SCADA, DCS, or any other system that provides OPC UA server capability.
- Beckhoff IPC System Health Sensor: Monitor the health status of Beckhoff industrial PCs by watching the CPU load and temperature, available memory, mainboard temperature and RAID controller status.
How PRTG monitors traditional IT to give you a holistic picture of your IT and OT environment
PRTG has been utilized in IT environments for more than 20 years. Monitor bandwidth, device status and health of servers, switches, firewalls and routers, and much more. For an overview of what PRTG offers for IT monitoring, take a look at this overview video.
Why monitor industrial IT?
The right teams need
the right data
Previously segregated teams now rely on each other. For example: IT teams are responsible for ensuring data generated by machines on the factory floor makes its way to the cloud, while industrial engineers or managers might need access to that data to make decisions regarding the production line. All teams need to work from the same data, but they need different views of it.
Root cause analysis
Because data is passed across several systems, all the gears are meshed together: if one doesn’t work, then everything else is impacted, too. In the case of a failure, it’s not enough to simply be alerted when the problem occurs; teams need to understand the root cause of a problem in order to prevent it from happening in the future. But to find the root cause, teams need to look across systems and interfaces.
Keep data flowing
Digitalization has made it vital to be able to collect, analyze and generate insights using data from all parts of the enterprise. Data created on the factory floor must be aggregated and sent to upstream systems, either on-premises or in the cloud, for processing. Because this data travels across OT and IT networks, it’s essential to monitor that it is flowing correctly at various interfaces and touchpoints in the infrastructure.
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Knowing what is down right now is the most pressing goal when it comes to downtime. But monitoring can help prevent downtime before it happens, too. If you understand what typically fails and when, you can identify patterns and use them to take action before downtime occurs. PRTG not only shows you what is down in your infrastructure right now, but lets you analyze data over a period of time to help you see these patterns.
Reduce energy consumption
Know how much energy your machines and devices are using, so that you can analyze where to reduce consumption. Get consumption data either directly from machines with built-in consumption measurements, or through power meters using protocols like Modbus TCP. PRTG lets you gather energy consumption data from various sources in one tool where you can analyze the data and find areas where you can reduce energy usage.
Watch the watchers
Control systems (like SCADA) and execution systems (like MES) play crucial roles in OT. PRTG provides the tools to keep a close watch on the environment that these systems run in. This includes CPU load, memory, storage space, performance, related databases and more. Using SNMP, PRTG can also ensure that the systems themselves are up and running and provide alerts in the case of issues.
Ensure the security of the network
IT and OT networks must continuously be monitored for potential breaches or suspicious and unusual activity. Various techniques exist, for example Intrusion Prevention and Intrusion Defense systems, to keep track of what is generating the traffic in the network, and for what purposes. PRTG works alongside common cyber security tools to help protect your industrial environment.
Ensure data is flowing through the enterprise
Data required for analysis or processing needs to move from the factory floor to a gateway (for example), and then to an upstream target – perhaps a data center, cloud service, or an ERP system. Components that are unavailable, interfaces that are down, and bandwidth problems can all result in the data not getting to where it is supposed to go. PRTG can help you monitor data flow at critical interfaces and touchpoints in the infrastructure.
IT/OT convergence with PRTG Network Monitor
PRTG Network Monitor is a world leading IT monitoring solution combining a broad feature set
with outstanding usability and maximum flexibility.
Beyond out-of-the-box support for all classic IT standards, PRTG offers a RESTful API as well as
JSON, OPC UA, Modbus TCP and MQTT support to easily integrate shop floors, IoT devices for monitoring
environmental parameters, as well as IT devices and applications beyond common standards.
Get the data
In a modern production environment, data can be collected from IIoT sensors on the factory floor, through industrial gateways, and from the IT network. PRTG gives you many options to collect data from various components in your environment by providing support for IT standards like SNMP and NetFlow, and industry protocols and standards like OPC UA, Modbus TCP, and MQTT.
Visualize the data
PRTG lets you visualize the data you collect from your IT and OT networks in dashboards. Create views of specific areas of your infrastructure, or represent a high-level overview that includes everything. Using the user rights management for dashboards in PRTG, you can create views for specific teams – thus ensuring the right teams have access to the data they need.
Define thresholds and alarms
Using the PRTG functionality for alerts, you can set thresholds for when conditions deviate from what is considered “normal”. You can have states of “normal”, “warning” (when a machine or device has not yet failed but is indicating signs of a problem), or “down” (when there is a failure or downtime). Based on these alerts, PRTG can also notify the right teams with targeted escalation using various mechanisms, like push messages, Emails, and more.
Extend functionality of third-party tools
PRTG is designed to work with other industrial solutions. Extend the capabilities of passive monitoring tools, like Rhebo, with the active monitoring of PRTG. Or maximize cyber security monitoring and analysis by integrating PRTG and Moxa. Integrate industrial gateways like INSYS icom to get access to data about the factory floor and IIoT components. Work in conjunction with tools for monitoring retrofitted machines, like Schildknecht, to get a view on even more aspects of your infrastructure.
Clear licensing, fair pricing
Every license of PRTG includes the entire functionality without add-ons or modules. This makes licensing clear and helps to calculate your ROI. PRTG comes in two different licensing options – CAPEX-based as a perpetual license or OPEX-based as subscription model, both with the option to easily scale your monitoring with growing demands.
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Success stories from our customers
Companies around the world trust PRTG when it comes to ensuring the function of their IT systems.
PRTG supports intelligent manufacturing at Bosch Rexroth
Bosch Rexroth AG develops and produces electric drives with open control systems, which form the basis for intelligent production plants and thus the basis for industry 4.0 plants. Customers from a wide variety of industries around the world can order Rexroth products in 200,000 varieties and variable batch sizes. By converting the Lohr am Main and Erbach plants to an industry 4.0 environment, production became significantly more efficient, both in terms of quality and productivity.
Network management at Quaker Houghton runs smoothly thanks to PRTG
Quaker Houghton develops and produces industrial process fluids for manufacturers of steel, aluminum, cars, aircraft, machines and industrial parts, among others. The chemical company employs 4,400 people worldwide, spread across 78 offices, 34 production locations and 35 R&D locations. The European headquarters is located in Uithoorn, North Holland. From this location, Erik Kemper, Senior Global Infrastructure Engineer, together with his two American IT colleagues, manages Quaker Houghton's global network infrastructure.
Carambar & Co increases productivity with PRTG
To stabilize, improve reliability and optimize the performance of its Information System (IS), the new food and beverage group Carambar & Co decided to install an IT monitoring solution. PRTG was chosen by Carambar’s CIO, Marc Boullier for its ease of implementation and daily efficiency. The integration partner CVC IT advised Carambar & Co how to leverage the solution for optimal use.
Skytex Group monitors its entire technology infrastructure with PRTG
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