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Node-RED Nodes for Industrial Dashboards and Data Logging




Node-RED has gained popularity in industrial data integration applications due to its user-friendly visual programming interface and comprehensive set of community-contributed nodes. With its drag-and-drop approach and seamless integration with various protocols such as HTTP, MQTT, Modbus, and OPC, Node-RED simplifies the data collection and integration process. This has made Node-RED the preferred choice for integration among industrial users as well as IoT sensor and gateway manufacturers, seeking to enhance their offerings with powerful data integration capabilities.


Node-RED for Industrial Use Cases: Beyond Data Integration


In addition to data integration, industrial use-cases often require advanced capabilities for data visualization, real-time monitoring, data logging, and multi-user multi-device access to dashboards for collaboration. These capabilities are crucial in order to make informed decisions, ensure efficient process monitoring, and maintain optimal operational efficiency in industrial environments.


  • Node-RED's community-contributed Dashboards are great for quickly prototyping projects. However, when it comes to deploying them in production use cases, things can get complex. Custom coding is often required to add the advanced capabilities needed for industrial applications like data visualization, real-time monitoring, data logging, and multi-user access. This complexity can make it difficult to deploy Node-RED dashboards in the field.


  • Data monitoring with rules in Node-RED can also be challenging. It often involves creating a complex network of nodes and writing custom JavaScript code. This complexity can make field deployments difficult and time-consuming.


  • Logging real-time time-series data with Node-RED can be cumbersome. It requires setting up and configuring complex databases and may even involve additional fees.

These challenges often cause Node-RED projects to stall at the prototyping stage or limit their deployment to controlled environments.


To upgrade Node-RED data integration flows for industrial use cases, a real-time data management software like Machinechat JEDI can be a game-changer. By seamlessly integrating with Node-RED through the Machinechat Bridge node, Machinechat JEDI empowers you to create custom dashboards tailored to your specific needs, set up real-time alerts, and manage data logging for historical trend analysis. JEDI provides you the tools for enhanced decision-making capabilities, improved process monitoring, and increased operational efficiency.


Introducing Machinechat Bridge: A New Node to Upgrade your Node-RED Flows Effortlessly


Machinechat Bridge is a Node-RED node that acts as a critical bridge between Node-RED workflows and the advanced capabilities of Machinechat JEDI.





With the Machinechat Bridge, you can easily upgrade your Node-RED projects to leverage the power of a modern real-time data management software. This seamless integration empowers you to unlock features like customizable dashboards, real-time data updates, user-defined alerts, and more, transforming your Node-RED flows into powerful industrial dashboards and data logging systems.


Meet Machinechat JEDI for Node-RED


Machinechat JEDI is a powerful real-time data management software that seamlessly integrates with Node-RED. It offers a wide range of features that go beyond the standard Node-RED dashboards. With JEDI, you can create custom dashboards tailored to your specific industrial needs, empowering you to make informed decisions and boost operational efficiency.





What can Machinechat JEDI do for you?  

  • Customizable Dashboards: With JEDI, you have the freedom to create visually stunning dashboards with drag-and-drop widgets. You can choose from a variety of charts, control widgets, and even overlay real-time data on custom background images. The possibilities are endless!

  • Real-time Data Updates: Stay on top of your data with JEDI's real-time data updates. Monitor your industrial processes and assets with ease, knowing that you're always up to date and ready to take action.

  • User-Defined Alerts: Set up alerts and notifications based on your specific needs. Whether it's an abnormal condition or a critical event, JEDI will keep you informed and enable you to react promptly.

  • Easy Integration: Machinechat JEDI seamlessly integrates with Node-RED through the Machinechat Bridge node. No complex coding or configuration required. Simply install the Machinechat Bridge node and unlock the full potential of JEDI.

  • Broad operating system support: Machinechat JEDI is compatible with a wide range of operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, Linux, Raspberry Pi OS, and BeagleBoard Debian. This ensures that users have flexibility in choosing the platform that best fits their needs and infrastructure.

  • Easy deployment with single-file application design: JEDI's single-file executable design eliminates the need for complex installations or dependencies. Users can simply download and run the executable file without worrying about additional installations or maintenance. This makes the deployment process quick and hassle-free.

  • No internet or cloud dependency: Machinechat JEDI runs on your own computers and network, allowing it to work without internet access. You have full control over your data and no need for always-on cloud connections.

  • One-time license fee: Enjoy the freedom of lifetime access with a one-time license fee. Say goodbye to monthly recurring fees and worry about subscription fee hikes.


Getting Started with Machinechat Bridge and Machinechat JEDI  


Ready to unlock the power of JEDI for your Node-RED data integration flows?


Step 1: Download Machinechat JEDI



Step 2: Add Machinechat Bridge Node to a Node-RED Flow


  • Open your Node-RED editor.

  • In the sidebar, click on “Manage palette” to open the palette manager.

  • Go to the “Install” tab and search for "Machinechat Bridge".

  • Click on the “Install” button next to the “Machinechat Bridge” node to add it to your Node-RED environment.

  • Read the step-by-step guide available at https://docs.machinechat.io/machinechat-bridge-for-node-red/


Step 3: Create Dashboards, Setup Alerts, Manage Data Logging


  • Follow the instructions provided in the Machinechat JEDI documentation to create custom dashboards tailored to your specific industrial needs.

  • Create Dashboards: Learn how to design visually stunning dashboards with drag-and-drop widgets and a variety of charts and control widgets.

  • Setup Alerts: Discover how to set up alerts and notifications based on your specific requirements to stay informed of critical events or abnormal conditions.

  • Manage Data Logging: Learn the process of logging real-time time-series data and accessing it for analysis and decision-making.


In Summary


Machinechat JEDI is the missing piece of the Node-RED puzzle for industrial professionals using Node-RED. With its advanced features, seamless integration, and user-friendly interface, JEDI empowers you to simplify and enhance your industrial applications. Experience the transformative potential of JEDI and upgrade your Node-RED flows with ease.


By eliminating the need for complex coding, offering extensive documentation, and providing expert support, Machinechat JEDI eliminates the barriers that hinder Node-RED projects from reaching their full potential. It offers a modern, browser-based interface that can be accessed from anywhere, supporting multi-user access without the need for installation on individual devices.


With Machinechat JEDI, you can easily create data dashboards with built-in charts and control widgets. You can also overlay real-time data widgets on custom background images, creating intuitive HMI-like dashboards for enhanced visualization. The built-in drag-and-drop rules engine simplifies the creation of rules, enabling real-time data monitoring and alerts.


Additionally, Machinechat JEDI provides built-in data collectors for seamless data integration from various sources, eliminating the need for complex coding. It supports a broad range of operating systems and devices, providing you new levels of flexibility in deployment. And with its open data format and no cloud dependency, you have full control over your data without worrying about vendor lock-in.


By leveraging the power of Machinechat JEDI, you can overcome the limitations of Node-RED and unlock the full potential of your Node-RED flows in industrial environments.




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