Decoder Enables Connected Monitoring of Each Machine's Data
IMTS 2018: WireFreeCNC’s Excellerant API universal decoder provides the ability to connect every CNC machine tool controller.
WireFreeCNC’s Excellerant API universal decoder provides the ability to connect every CNC machine tool controller, the company says, enabling a firm to monitor and manage each machine’s data in real time and send that data to the company’s MES and/or ERP systems.
The decoder builds on MTConnect, Fanuc Focas, OPC-UA, Haas MNET Q-Codes and other machine control connecting protocols, as well as legacy CNC machines. This enables companies to link across systems while customizing the information they receive. It offers manufacturing firms the ability to keep their current systems including upstream programs such as ERP and MES.
Excellerant API is designed for ease of use across work groups and operational levels, according to the company. This is achieved through a simple graphical user interface, clear and logical functionality, and an array of output types. Machine operators can communicate problems, request assistance and report progress quickly. Supervisors and managers can assess cycle time, downtime and process status by job, machine type, operator and other dimensions. Executives can run reports in real time, with continuous and immediate data feeds from machine controllers. This enables assessments of progress, capacity and bottlenecks, and fuels more accurate forecasts and dynamic scheduling.
The Excellerant API package consists of a software license and hardware connecting to each machine controller.
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