WireFreeCNC is introducing new product in the drive toward seamless factory connectivity at IMTS 2018. The new system, called 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.
“We expect this product to get a lot of attention at IMTS because Excellerant API is the fundamental link that’s been missing to simplify data driven manufacturing at the shop floor level,” said Christopher Levesque CEO at WireFreeCNC. “It’s been a source of frustration at even the most sophisticated manufacturing companies applying the latest concepts in Industry 4.0 – that there hasn’t been a universal decoder to connect and capture CNC machine data as it happens.”
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.
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.