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Connecting and Collecting Shop Floor CNC Machine Data in Real Time

Excellerant API

WireFreeCNC will unveil Excellerant API, a new system that provides small to large manufacturers with 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.

"Excellerant API is the fundamental link that has been missing to simplify data driven manufacturing at the shop floor level," said Christopher Levesque, CEO at WireFreeCNC. "It has been a source of frustration at even the most sophisticated manufacturing companies applying the latest concepts in Industry 4.0 - that there has not been a universal decoder to connect and capture CNC machine data as it happens. Excellerant fills this crucial gap."

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 control systems and a combination of older and newer machines, requiring a more universal solution. Excellerant API allows manufacturing firms to keep all of their current systems, including upstream programs such as ERP and MES," said Levesque.

Excellerant API is designed for ease of use across work groups and operational levels. This is achieved through a simple 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 more 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 easy-to-install hardware connecting to each machine controller.

"Companies have been investing significantly in computerized management systems, especially over the last five years," said John Carpenter, President of WireFreeCNC. "The last thing they want to do is have to start from the beginning with something new. Our system fits seamlessly into whatever they are using and provides the basic and vital information direct from each machine tool that allows their existing systems to really work for them - furnishing the critical insight necessary to drive superior productivity and profitability."

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27 Quality Ave

Somers, CT 06071


IMTS 2018 Level 3, Booth E-133354

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