Manufacturing Data Collection Methods
Scytec DataXchange supports multiple Ethernet based collection methods including MTConnect, Fanuc FOCAS and OPC UA along with standard RS-232. In addition, Scytec offers integration with external systems as well as a low cost hardware controller for devices that do not lend to software based collection methods allowing for collection from virtually any device and even manual equipment.
MTConnect is a set of open, royalty-free standards intended to foster greater interoperability between controls, devices and software applications by publishing data over networks using standard Internet Protocols. MTConnect is an Ethernet based standard supported by newer industrial equipment such as machine tool controls. With nothing more than a wired or wireless Ethernet connection a rich set of data can be pulled from the control such as override levels, alarms and cycle status.
DataXchange machine monitoring software fully supports MTConnect based machines. As an active member of the MTConnect Standards Committee Scytec can provide you with answers to implementation questions, as well as help troubleshoot any data collection or OEE tracking issues you may have using DataXchange on MTConnect based machines.
Fanuc FOCAS Software
Fanuc FOCAS is another Ethernet based protocol supported by many Fanuc controllers such as the Series 31i and Series 32i controllers. The FOCAS functionality allows software to pull data from the control running version 1 or version 2 of the FOCAS drivers and libraries. The FOCAS software interface provides information such as current running status, feedrate, spindle and rapid overrides, part counts, the active part program, active error messages, and more. Data can also be written to certain PMC data elements allowing powerful shop floor systems integration.
As with MTConnect, DataXchange is fully compatible with Fanuc FOCAS based machines and Scytec can answer any installation and implementation questions you may have.
Status Relay Controller
For machines that are not MTConnect or Fanuc FOCAS based, Scytec offers a Status Relay Controller (SRC) hardware module. The SRC enables machine data collection using voltage or current as signals, a combination of signals, or other sensors. The SRC is connected to outputs from equipment such as a PLC or CNC machine, or devices such as relays or proximity sensors. Once connected, DataXchange reads the status of all the inputs and users have the ability to create their own logic with the DataXchange data collection rules.
DataXchange allows user to use tablet computers to enter information such as downtime reasons, part numbers, scrap and reject codes, or to trigger a download from a DNC system. In addition, tablets offer the advantage of immediate feedback confirming that the data was submitted correctly and received by the server. Tablets are currently the most popular method of user input from the shop floor.
Barcode scanners can be also used for entering information such as downtime codes and part numbers into DataXchange. Scanners offer convenience and simplicity and historically have been one of the most popular methods of entering data from the shop floor.
Contact Scytec with any sales or technical questions about manufacturing data collection methods or to get a demo of Scytec DataXchange.