3.2 Tools

Software programs that can be found in a lot of IIoT implementations

Although the field of Industrial IoT is quite new, there are already a couple of tools that can be encountered very often. A lot of these tools are whitelabeled by big players (and sometimes they put a price tag on it as well!).


Node-RED is a programming tool for connecting hardware devices, APIs and online services 

It provides a browser-based editor which can be used by simply dragging so-called nodes on the screen. These nodes standardize function and require minimal adjustments to create data flows.

It is widely used by big players like Siemens (SIMATIC IOT 2000, Siemens Visual Flow Creator), Schneider Electric and Weidm├╝ller.

Additionally, there are a lot of manufacturing specific plugins for it, for example:

See also our blog article: Node-RED in Industrial IoT: a growing standard


Grafana allows you to query, visualize, alert on, and understand your data.

It was originally designed for IT monitoring tasks, like visualizing the CPU utilization of your Kubernetes clusters. However, because the visualization is so good, a lot of companies are using it to visualize their IIoT data as well.

Time-series database

A time-series database allows efficient storage and querying of time-series data.

For example InfluxDB or TimescaleDB. See also our blog article: Why we chose timescaleDB over InfluxDB

United Manufacturing Hub

The United Manufacturing Hub bundles the mentioned tools & technologies. For a general introduction, take a look at the main page

What next?

This was the last chapter of our Introduction into IT / OT / IIoT. If you are interested to play around with these tools & technologies, you could take a look at the installation guide of the United Manufacturing Hub.

Or you could proceed with the next chapter to understand how everything fits together at the United Manufacturing Hub.

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