Index Traub's Data-Driven iX4.0 Software Connects and Monitors Machine Tools
Index Traub offers iX4.0, which integrates Index and Traub machines as digital twins.
Index Traub’s iX4.0 integrates Index and Traub machines as digital twins. New machines are provided with the iX4.0 Go starter package, which provides trial access to iX4.0 applications. The open platform is said to ease connecting older Index and third-party machine tools.
The platform’s AlarmMessenger informs the operator of unscheduled downtime. Status Monitor provides monitoring transparency for processing MDA and ODA data. Spindle Check collects information on speed, spindle load, temperature curves and other data; evaluates it; and displays it in graphical form. Axis Check performs the same tasks for the linear axes of the machine.
The platform is intended for use in conjunction with the company’s iXshop and iXservices portals, which are designed to provide digital support for the entire process chain. The former application is a procurement platform enabling users to purchase toolholders, accessories, clamping devices, spare parts and raw materials. The latter is a platform for managing fault, repair, maintenance and care orders, including teleservice.
A database guru combined off-the-shelf technology with an elaborate proprietary shop management software to drive efficiency throughout all areas of a machine shop.
MTConnect agents and their corresponding device adapters are simply small computer programs that work together so that MTConnect can make shop equipment and networks more readily connectible. In a nutshell, adapters enable existing shopfloor devices “to speak MTConnect,” and agents enable MTConnect messages and data files to be transmitted across a network to MTConnect-compatible applications.
Introduced at IMTS 2008, this communications protocol for CNC machines and other manufacturing equipment is already helping shops and plants implement effective machine monitoring systems. Although these "early adopters" are motivated by the long-term promise of enterprise-wide efficiency gains, their experience with pilot projects shows that benefits derived in the short term are substantial and worthwhile.