Plexus Controls Inc.
Plexus Controls designs and manufactures wireless remote monitoring and control products and solutions including solar and battery powered systems. Located in Kanata, Ontario, Canada, Plexus Controls draws from its extensive technological and domain expertise gained from directly working with its customers to create reliable and innovative resilient gas and liquid monitoring products with industrial reliability and full data and network management capabilities. Plexus Controls systems offer smart technologies to commercial and industrial customers at lower price points than our competitors, ensuring industries faced with more stringent environmental requirements have affordable and reliable tools to conduct the necessary monitoring and management of their local and remote sites for regulatory compliance and operational efficiency. Plexus Controls offers off the shelf hardware and software solutions as well as OEM and custom designed products.
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- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Monitoring and Testing
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
- Year Founded:
- $1,000,000 US - $10,000,000 US
We set up fast. We process fast
Plexus Controls products are fast to deploy. Our products have built in sensors or can easily interface to your existing sensors and systems. The sensors automatically connect to the Plexus hub over a secure wireless connection. The Plexus hub allows monitoring of the sensors locally or remotely and has extensive alarm and data collection capabilities including e-mail; SMS alerts; database backup and MODBUS.
No Power? No Problem
At Plexus, wireless really means wireless – no signal wires and no plant power wires required (application dependent). Our ultra-low power intelligent wireless nodes offer you multiple power options. Why not try our new battery operated 4-20mA loop unit, only 2 wires to connect (the unit provides sensor power) and it’s up and running!
We play well with others
We know you paid top dollar for your existing monitoring products and would like to use what you have for as long as you can. Plexus Controls fully supports MODBUS TCP legacy communications at our gateway hub, and seamlessly integrate into existing systems.
At Plexus Controls we love standards too, but the costs are scary. That’s why we offer integrated temperature, pressure and well depth sensors into our product for lower costs and even longer battery life.
Most SCADA sensor and DCS systems require a lot of setup - digging trenches, special mounting structures and towers – not to mention money. Plexus Controls is the industry exception. Our systems doesn’t need cable runs – and any industrial conduit installs over 10ft will likely cost more than a Plexus system.
Zero-Configuration Set Up
Our advanced intelligent wireless mesh systems offer ‘out the box’ deployment that enables you to self-install a sensor product within minutes. Once a sensor Remote Termination Unit (RTU) is turned on it automatically searches for and connects to the next unit. The node will then search for and connect back to the hub.
Our system is truly wireless – meaning you won’t be digging to lay expensive cables, or erecting costly towers. Our system is based on near line of sight technology. So long as one module can see another, Plexus Controls works seamlessly and reliably.
Even power isn’t a problem. Plexus power-smart systems run on a variety of power sources, and our products take a ‘power nap’ in between measurements.
Plexus Controls modules are compact (20 cm x 20 cm x 10 cm) and lightweight (as low as 1.36 kg) meaning you won’t require special structures to hold them.
You won’t just be saving on infrastructure costs, however, Plexus Controls modules are the most competitively priced RTU and DCS offering on the market.
At Plexus, wireless really means wireless – no signal wires and no plant power wires required. Our ultra-low power intelligent wireless nodes offer you multiple power options including:
- Dry batteries – Alkaline AA/C
- Rechargeable batteries – sealed lead acid or NiMH;
- Solar panels;
- ..And for those so tied to the line 24V AC/DC.
It’s easy being green
Do increasing regulations mandate your business to protect the environment? Why not get off to the right start and monitor your operations with an eco-friendly product. The best part? It will actually save you money.
Wireless mesh technology is the most reliable communications solution available. Unlike wires or point to multipoint systems, mesh technology can establish multiple redundant paths back to the hub and server.
Once a module or IWS-R is turned on it automatically searches for and connects to its neighbour. The node will then search for and connect to the hub (IWH).
If one of the nodes goes down in between, the IWS-R simply searches for another available path to re-establish communications. This dynamic multiple hop capability routes traffic back to the hub system providing a superior reliability in connectivity. Our smart mesh system also offers battery back-up options and the ability to send warning messages should a power failure occur on any of the nodes.
Fast & Efficient
Plexus isn’t just fast out of the box. Our products have an integrated micro controller facilitating local processing and decision making. Local data processing means super low latency response times and output switching. Better yet, our products are reliable and scalable.
Our products provide the follow levels for decision and action – all independent of the central site:
- Remote (IWS-R)
- Hub (IWS-H)
- Central Server
The innate flexibility of Plexus Controls enables sensor and site level action and decisions at much faster reaction times than traditional centralized systems.
Our distributed processing system is ideal for millisecond response times and improves network bandwidth.
As big or as small as you need it
Using 900MHz or 2.4GHz 802.15.4 (Zigbee) communications in unlicensed spectrum, Plexus Controls is scalable to over a 1000 nodes in a single location and up to 30 hops from the hub node.
Plexus Controls is ideal for monitoring large, remote areas with a communication distance between nodes of over 2 km.
Plexus Comtech – Bringing Value To Our Partners
At Plexus Comtech (a sister Company of Plexus-Controls) we have a clear vision focused on the effective delivery of cutting-edge, wireless monitoring and control products for a broad range of markets.
Plexus Comtech leverages our R&D group (Plexus-Controls) who are solely focused on designing high-volume, market-driven products.
Plexus Comtech specializes in bringing select products to market through close oversight of our supply chain while rapidly expanding sales through our channel partner network.
Through our exceptional products and focused go-to-market strategy, we consistently exceed customer expectations.