Gateway & Aggregator Installation
Gateway & Aggregator Installation

Gateway & Aggregator Installation

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Now that you have your hardware ready and have established your connectivity method, it is time to install the devices on the machines. In this article we will walk you though the process of installing Amper on your machines by covering:

Gateway Installation and Power

When placing the gateways, there are three main criteria for choosing where to mount the device:

  • Connection Strength
  • Proximity to Machine Power Panel
  • Proximity to Power Outlet

Connection Strength

The Gateway should be placed as high as possible to ensure the strongest signal. If you are using Wi-Fi devices, consider the location's distance to your router or access point.

If the Gateway is a Cellular Gateway, it will automatically try and connect to the Cellular network in your area. If you have a Wi-Fi Gateway, you will need to configure the Gateway to your local Wi-Fi Network. For more information on doing this, see our article

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Once the gateway has connected to the Wi-Fi or Cellular network, the device's signal strength LED will illuminate based on the connection strength. For Wi-Fi Gateways this will be the top LED and the bottom LED will not be illuminated. For Cellular Gateways the bottom LED will represent signal strength and the top LED will indicate power to the device. The signal strength is represented by the following:

  • Green - strong signal strength
  • Yellow - moderate signal strength
  • Red - poor signal strength

Place the Gateway where the LED maintains a Green or Yellow color. The picture below shows a Cellular Gateway with a Green LED indicating a strong connection.

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Proximity to Power Source

A set of Amper hardware for one machine will require one 110V outlet to plug your Cellular or Wi-Fi Gateway into. Some machines will have a built-in outlet that can be used, but in the event it does not you will have to run an additional electrical outlet to the machine. The pictures below show a Gateway mounted on a CNC Machine and plugged into an existing outlet on the machine.

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These pictures show a Gateway mounted on a CNC machine and plugged into an existing outlet on the machine.
These pictures show a Gateway mounted on a CNC machine and plugged into an existing outlet on the machine.

Proximity to Machine Power Panel

In addition to the Power Source, you will have to consider the placement in relation to the machines power panel. The Aggregator will be housed inside the Machine Power panel and will connect to the Gateway through a 25' CAT5 cable. Make sure that the Gateway location is close enough to the machine power panel to ensure that the cable can connect to both devices.

Aggregator Installation

Once you have identified your cable port, the next step is to identify a mounting position for your Aggregator.

Types of Aggregators

The Amper system has two different types of Aggregator for utilization data collection. In most cases, you will be using the Analog Aggregator, which uses sensors to measure electrical current draw in real-time. However, for certain machine types, it may be recommend that you use a Digital Aggregator to achieve the highest accuracy.

Both types of Aggregator have two CAT5 ports which can be used for the CAT5 cable that connects to the Gateway.

Additionally, Analog Aggregator has 8 ports for connecting the included sensor(s). The Digital Aggregator has 3 sensor ports, 2 digital inputs, and a power input.

For more information on the difference between the two, please see our article

Running the CAT5 Cable

After the Gateway has been mounted, the next step is to mount the Aggregator. Both types of Aggregator collect their respective signals from inside the machine’s power panel. The Aggregator should be placed inside the machine’s power panel and connected to the Gateway with a 25' CAT5 cable. To do so you will need to identify or create a port for the cable to easily pass from the Aggregator out to the Gateway. Below is an example of a knockout used to pass the CAT5 Cable through.

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Mounting the Aggregator

The Aggregator comes with a velcro backing, so you can easily attach the Aggregator to the wall inside the power panel. Use this to mount the Aggregator in a location that will allow connection of both the CAT5 and Sensor cables (or digital input wires) while also avoiding interfering with any preexisting components or wires. The image below shows a good example of an Aggregator that is attached to the inside wall of a machine's power panel. Note the Aggregator's proximity to the sensors to allow easy connection.

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Next Steps

After you have successfully mounted and connected the Aggregator and Gateway together, the last installation step is to install the Sensor on your machine wires (or connect the digital signals). For more information on installing your sensors using the Analog Aggregator, please see our article Sensor Placement and Installation. For information on connecting the Digital Aggregator to your machine or sensor, please see our article