Connect and Collect Machine Data

Description

WireFreeCNC is pleased to unveil a significant new product in the drive towards seamless factory connectivity at IMTS 2018. The simple yet revolutionary new system is named Excellerant API and will be demonstrated September 10 – 15 in Chicago’s McCormick Place East, booth 133354. Excellerant API provides small to large manufacturers the ability to connect every CNC machine tool controller, no matter the brand, allowing 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. 

 

According to Levesque, Excellerant API builds on MTConnect, Fanuc Focas, OPC-UA, Haas MNET Q-Codes, and other machine control connecting protocols, as well as legacy CNC machines.  This allows companies to link across systems while substantially expanding and customizing the information they receive. Although some control systems offer the ability to link to their same brand, manufacturing companies typically have a variety of different control systems and a combination of older and newer machines, thus requiring a more universal solution. Excellerant API is that solution, allowing manufacturing firms to keep all of their current systems including upstream programs such as ERP and MES.

 

Recognizing that systems are only effective when people are inclined to use them, Excellerant API is designed for ease of use across work groups and operational levels.  This is achieved through a simple and elegant graphical user interface, clear and logical functionality, and an array of convenient output types.  Machine operators can communicate problems, request assistance, and report progress at the touch of a button.  Supervisors and managers can assess cycle time, downtime, and process status by job, machine type, operator, and a host of other useful dimensions.  Executives now can run reports in real time, with continuous and immediate feeds from machine controllers through to the ERP level.  This, in turn, allows for timely assessments of progress, capacity, and bottlenecks, and fuels more accurate forecasts and dynamic scheduling.  

 

The Excellerant API package is currently available and consists of a software license and proven, easy-to-install hardware connecting to each machine controller.

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