Device for Connecting Machines to Monitoring Systems

Shop Floor Automations is introducing the Multi Connect device, which continuously monitors the machine operating state and other data, and makes this information available over a network connection using MTConnect protocol.

Shop Floor Automations is introducing the Multi Connect device, which continuously monitors the machine operating state and other data, and makes this information available over a network connection using MTConnect protocol. The device is compatible with a range of machine monitoring software packages including Scytec’s DataXchange and Predator’s Machine Data Collection. The device combines a PLC, Wireless, Ethernet, Serial RS232 and MTConnect.

The hardware connects to a variety of equipment via built-in digital I/O, which can be overlaid on existing signals for monitoring cycle start, cycle stop, alarm and status indicators such as stack lights. These inputs support 10 to 30 VDC signals and may be configured to detect on-, off- and pulse-type signals.  The user can then map the data signals to the MTConnect standard data items.

Network access is provided by a wired Ethernet (100Base-TX) connection in addition to built-in WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n). Single- and dual-port models are available for applications requiring DNC connectivity through serial (RS-232/422/485).

The device is designed for direct machine mounting (DIN-rail mountable), and is packaged in compact metal chassis. The unit accepts 12 to 48 VDC input power. All models are equipped with redundant power inputs to promote uninterrupted operation for industrial applications.

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