Using Edge Devices as a Machine Data Source
  • 13 Dec 2022
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Using Edge Devices as a Machine Data Source

Article Summary

Learn more about using Tulip Edge Devices as a native Machine Data Source in Tulip

As of OS50, Tulip Edge Devices can now be used natively in Tulip as a Machine Data Source. In this article, we describe the steps needed to acquire a compatible Tulip Edge Device and set it up as a Machine Data Source. Once complete, you will be able to create custom tags in Node RED and map them to Machine Attributes.

Step 1: Purchase a Tulip Edge Device with Node-RED

Both Edge IO and Edge MC support Node-RED.

To learn more about the differences between these device, you can read more here.

To buy an Edge Device, you can follow the links here:

Step 2: Set up your Edge Device

Next, you will want to physically set up your Edge Device and register it to your Tulip account.

Edge IO:

Edge MC:

Step 3: Enable Node-RED

This article describes how to enable Node-RED on your Edge Device and log into the Node-RED editor. Note that the steps are the same for Edge IO and Edge MC.

Step 4: Create Tulip Tags and map to Machine Attributes

At this point, you should be ready to configure your Edge Device as a data source in Node-RED!

This article walks though how to configure your Node-RED flow to have custom tags, view the Edge Device as a data source in the Machines page, and map the tags to attributes.

If you do not see the Tulip Tag node, you may need to upgrade the device firmware to OS50 or greater. Check out this article for instructions on how to update to the latest firmware release.

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