Excellerant (Somers, CT), a division of MACDAC Engineering, provides the fundamental machine tool decoder link to simplify data-driven manufacturing at the shop floor level. It builds on MTConnect, Fanuc Focas, OPC-UA, Haas MNET Q-Codes and other machine control connecting protocols, even legacy CNC machines so that shops can 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, manufacturers typically have a variety of different control systems and a combination of older and newer machines that require a more universal system. Excellerant can connect every CNC machine tool controller, no matter the brand, allowing shops of all sizes to monitor and manage each machine’s data in real-time and send that data to the company MES and/or ERP systems. “Even small shops can partake in the features and benefits of closed-loop automation and Industry 4.0 in an economical way,” said John Carpenter, the president of Excellerant.
Recognizing that systems are only effective when people are inclined to use them, Excellerant 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. For example, with a tablet interface Excellerant can monitor a CNC machine tool and a gaging device with inspection software that is running the “Blade Expert” dedicated toolpath package for turbine blade production from Catia CAD software and Mastercam CAD/CAM software. 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.
This data control package allows shops to keep all of their current systems, including upstream programs such as ERP and MES, so that executives can run reports in real-time, with continuous and immediate feeds from machine controllers through to the ERP level for timely assessments of progress, capacity and bottlenecks. This all fuels more accurate forecasts and dynamic scheduling. The Excellerant package is currently available and consists of a software license and proven, easy-to-install hardware connecting to each machine controller.
Industry to Vet ‘Smart Manufacturing Model’
MESA invites members to help refine its new model for integrating many facets of business in a Smart Manufacturing environment. From business intelligence and product lifecycle management to Industrial IoT and cybersecurity, the model is ready for vetting by the manufacturing community.
Free Remote Monitoring Solutions for Manufacturers
MachineMetrics has announced a program that enables social distancing and remote work via digital apps to keep plants running. They’re offering free access to the MachineMetrics IoT Platform and remote monitoring applications for any manufacturer involved with the production of ventilator parts, test equipment, protective equipment, or any COVID-19 related manufacturing support and more.
Contract Manufacturer: Single Operator Can Double+ Output
As part of a strategy to increase uptime, enhance the accuracy of machined parts, and expand the size of parts they can produce, J&R Machine installed two DMG MORI NZX 2000 automated CNC systems at its Shawano, Wis., headquarters. A single machine operator will be able to more than double his or her current output of complex parts.