The PTC Sigma Tile is a very low cost, ultra-portable IoT device that you can build yourself. It is equipped with sensors and can act as a Smart Connected Product or as an Industrial Controller (PLC). It is intended to be used for IoT demonstration and IoT applications development and testing purposes.
It was specifically designed to allow you to very simply and quickly demonstrate several outcomes of the Manufacturing Transformation Journey:
After downloading and configuring the FREE trial version of Kepware KepServerEX and of the ThingWorx Manufacturing Apps, you will be able to experience the power of the Industrial IoT with your Sigma Tile acting as PLC communicating to your KepServerEX server via MODBUS and representing a device, an asset or a line streaming its sensor data: temperature, humidity, acceleration and more.
You can build the Sigma Tile yourself for less than $100 (USD) using simple, easy to procure, proven components following our simple instructions, using your smart phone and delivered via Augmented Reality.
Download and load our pre-configured device software image to your Sigma Tile and connect instantly to Kepware, streaming real time readings for the Sigma Tile sensors: temperature, humidity, acceleration, orientation.
Download the FREE trial of our ThingWorx Manufacturing Apps, configure them with your Sigma Tile following our simple Quickstart Configuration Guide and, in less than 60 minutes, experience the power of Industrial IoT with your Sigma Tile acting as PLC and/or representing a device, an asset or a line:
Following our Developer tutorials, extend our ThingWorx Connected Operations starter Apps to build your own custom Apps. For example:
For more developer tutorials, check out our ThingWorx Apps for Connected Operations portal page.
Download the Sigma Tile Package.
If you are an advanced user (experience with the Raspberry PI, ThingWorx and Kepware), use the Quick Start guide in the Advanced User folder of the Sigma Tile Package you downloaded.
For other users, we suggest that you follow the instruction sequence and steps below.
Step 1 – Procure components
In order to build the Sigma Tile, you will need the following minimum required components:
We recommend that you also procure the additional components specified in the detailed BOM information provided in the Build it folder of the Sigma Tile Package you downloaded. Assemble the complete Sigma Tile with its enclosure, which you can 3d print.
Step 2 - Using your Smart phone, download the ThingWorx View app, scan the ThingMark below and open the “Sigma Tile Experience.” Follow the “Assembly” instructions to assemble your Sigma Tile.
Step 1 – Open the Sigma Tile Workshop Guide in the Connect it folder of the Sigma Tile Package you downloaded. This guide includes steps by steps instructions for installing, configuring and using your Sigma Tile with the ThingWorx Connected Operations starter applications.
Step 2 - Download to your computer the following files:
Step 3 - Follow the instructions in Chapter 2, 3, and 4 of the SigmaTile Workshop Guide.
Follow instructions in Chapter 5 of the Sigma Tile Workshop Guide to experience the ThingWorx Manufacturing Apps:
Step 1 - Find the sigma-tile-extensions.zip file in the Develop with it folder of the Sigma Tile Package you downloaded. This extension contains the necessary services to change the LED screen on your Sigma Tila based on an alerts triggered in ThingWorx using the Alert Editing and Monitoring module of the ThingWorx Manufacturing Apps.
Step 2 – Follow Chapter 6 of the Sigma Tile Workshop Guide to learn how to extend the ThingWorx Manufacturing Apps by installing a pre-built extension. This extension contains services and logic to communicate with the Sigma Tile from ThingWorx and update the Screen Control values in KepServerEX based on an alert being triggered in the ThingWorx Manufacturing Apps.
If you have any questions related to the Sigma Tile, these instructions and/or any aspect of the Sigma Tile Workshop Guide or Quickstart guide, you can post your questions in the Sigma Tile Group on the ThingWorx Community page.
If you have any questions related to the ThingWorx Manufacturing Apps (installation, configuration, capabilities), we invite to check our ThingWorx for Manufacturing Group on the ThingWorx Community page. You will be able to search and view posts from other participants of this Early Access program, from PTC Subject Matter Experts. You will be able to ask questions, share your lessons learned and provide feedback.
If you have any questions related to the KepServerEX, check the Kepware Technical Support page.
The ThingWorx Connected Operations Apps currently available are supported on the following platform:
For the computer where you will be installing the ThingWorx Connected Operations Apps, you should have the following: