What is an MTConnect agent?

MTConnect Map Explained - MTConnect AgentAn MTConnect agent is software that connects to the adapter and provides access to the data from an MTConnect-enabled device across a network. MTConnect agents format the data to XML, and can be accessed by other nodes on the network through HTTP.

More about MTConnect:

We have a few resources to get you acquainted with the open, royalty-free, universal manufacturing communication standard designed specifically for shop floors. You can see a quick video here, as well as see our resource pages here and here.

MTConnect is a great resource on a manufacturing shop floor and machine shops. The reach that the protocol has grows each day and it’s full of surprises. For example, many people assume MTConnect will only work on CNC machines, but did you know it can also work wonders for moldmaking technology?

Shop Floor Automations has taken the time to compile a list of ways you can use the MTConnect protocol. Please note that this is a general guideline and that MTConnect may not work with all machines. MTConnect Connect compatibility changes constantly, and we strive to keep this list as up to date as possible. These are also not the only machines that can use MTConnect – we encourage you to contact Support with any questions here.

What is an MTConnect adapter?

MTConnect Map Explained - MTConnect Agent - MTConnect AdapterAn MTConnect adapter is a piece of software that translates data produced by shop floor equipment into a format that can be processed by MTConnect applications.

Adapters are usually created by the equipment or software provider, or an integrator.

 

MTConnect is compatible with:

  • DMG Mori Seiki
  • Mazak
  • Okuma
  • FANUC FOCAS
  • More Compatible Machines below –

Refer to the list below and contact us here for more info. You may also call us at (877) 611-5825 to get started!

Bosch Rexroth CMS
C.R. Onsrud Machine Doosan
Fagor GF AgieCharmilles
Gleason Hardinge
Hurco MAG
Makino Milltronics
Mitsubishi Siemens
Sodick Southwestern Industries
More info to come!

Please note: You may download versions of software available under some of our SFA product pages, but without an active Software Maintenance Agreement, you will not receive serial or access numbers to install the latest versions.

What is MTConnect?

MTConnect 2017 SFAWhat is MTConnect?

MTConnect is a standard for formatting and transmitting data produced by manufacturing equipment so that it can be processed by software applications.

Common uses for this technology are real-time machine monitoring, and historical reporting using charts, graphs, and other visual representations of a shop’s performance.

More about MTConnect:

As a member for on MT Connect Technology Advisory Board (TAG), we have been part of the development and review of the standards of the solution. Many machine tool builders listed below are part of the on-going development and support for this standard. We strongly recommend you purchase machines with this standard for future support of automation.This standardized solution has the capability to work with many MTConnect-enabled machine—even monitoring multiple factories in real-time! For a schedule of future TAG events, please visit this page.

Scytec DataXchange and Predator MDC are two software choices in particular that mesh well with the MTConnect protocol. 

Mazak is actively supporting MTConnect as a way to provide complete manufacturing solutions, which includes having more than 200 of their machines prepped to accept the MT Connect adapter before they are shipped as well as adding additional MTConnect adapters for existing Mazak equipment in the field.

Okuma machine tools are MTConnect-ready. The Okuma THINC®-OSP Control is already configured for plug-and-play interconnectivity between devices, equipment and systems on your shop floor and front office. These controls support MTConnect Stanadard v1.2 compliant MT Connect Adapters.

DMG Mori Seki supports MTConnect’s standard communication protocol. As of June 1st, 2013, all new DMG / MORI SEIKI machines equipped with MAPPS control come installed with an MTConnect Standard V1.1 compliant MTConnect Adapters. This standardized solution has the capability to work with many MTConnect-enabled machine—even monitoring multiple factories in real-time!

Other Compliant companies: We provide a list of other compatible machine tool builders on our MTConnect Compatibility page here. If you want to learn more, please call (877) 611-5825!

Can I monitor machine overrides?

MTConnect Logo - monitoring machine overrides with MTConnect & FANUC FOCASYes, you can monitor machine overrides with most FANUC FOCAS based controls or MTConnect enabled controls, you can easily monitor when your operators are turning the feed rates down.

More info on MTConnect & FANUC FOCAS:

What is MTConnect? We have a few resources to get you acquainted with the open, royalty-free, universal manufacturing communication standard designed specifically for shop floors.

MTConnect is a great resource on a manufacturing shop floor and machine shops. The reach that the protocol has grows each day and it’s full of surprises. For example, many people assume MTConnect will only work on CNC machines, but did you know it can also work wonders for moldmaking technology?

What is FANUC FOCAS? It is a set of library files (.dll), that can be accessed by applications to retrieve most of the information inside of the CNC. The FANUC FOCAS function is normally accessed by using Ethernet or HSSB.

Common data that is available through the FOCAS are CNC state (running, idle, alarm), part count information, program name, number, size, and date modified, tool and work offsets, alarm number and text, feed overrides, parameters, positional data, spindle speed and modal data.

Call for more information at (877) 611-5825.

What is MTConnect and how is MTConnect in manufacturing used?

MTConnect Map Explained by Shop Floor AutomationsWhat is MTConnect and how is MTConnect in manufacturing used? 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 the Internet Protocol.

The common communication data shared is XML language that allows for software designers to download, use, embrace the data from the equipment and provide a reporting tool for management.

As a member for on MT Connect Technology Advisory Board (TAG), we have been part of the development and review of the standards of the solution. Many machine tool builders listed below are part of the on-going development and support for this standard. We strongly recommend you purchase machines with this standard for future support of automation.This standardized solution has the capability to work with many MTConnect-enabled machine—even monitoring multiple factories in real-time!

Mazak is actively supporting MTConnect as a way to provide complete manufacturing solutions, which includes having more than 200 of their machines prepped to accept the MT Connect adapter before they are shipped as well as adding additional MTConnect adapters for existing Mazak equipment in the field.

Okuma machine tools are MTConnect-ready. The Okuma THINC®-OSP Control is already configured for plug-and-play interconnectivity between devices, equipment and systems on your shop floor and front office. These controls support MTConnect Stanadard v1.2 compliant MT Connect Adapters.

DMG Mori Seki supports MTConnect’s standard communication protocol. As of June 1st, 2013, all new DMG / MORI SEIKI machines equipped with MAPPS control come installed with an MTConnect Standard V1.1 compliant MTConnect Adapters. This standardized solution has the capability to work with many MTConnect-enabled machine—even monitoring multiple factories in real-time!

Other Compliant companies: We provide a list of other compatible machine tool builders on our MTConnect Compatibility page here. Our Machine Monitoring products, Predator Machine Monitoring & Data Collection plus Scytec’s DataXchange, are both MTConnect compatibile and we provide MTConnect adapters for machines. If you want to learn more, please call (877) 611-5825!

What models of controls are supported by FANUC FOCAS?

Fanuc FOCASFANUC FOCAS has two types: FOCAS 1 and FOCAS 2.

FOCAS 2 is Ethernet and high-speed serial based and must be purchased from GE FANUC.

CNC Controls with FANUC FOCAS include series Oi, 15, 15i, 16, 16i, 18, 18i, 21, 21i, 30i, 31i, 32i and power mate i.

More info from our MTConnect page: FANUC FOCAS is a set of library files (.dll), that can be accessed by applications to retrieve most of the information inside of the CNC. The FANUC FOCAS function is normally accessed by using Ethernet or HSSB.

Common data that is available through the FOCAS are CNC state (running, idle, alarm), part count information, program name, number, size, and date modified, tool and work offsets, alarm number and text, feed overrides, parameters, positional data, spindle speed and modal data.

Below is a common list of controllers that would feature FOCAS. Older controls can have the embedded board retrofitted or added to the machine using the Data Server Board by contracting FANUC directly.

Uncommon Possible As Standard
Oi-B 16i-A 16i-B
16-A/B/C 18i-A 18i-B
18-A/B/C 21i-B 3xi-A
Oi-C 3xi-B
Oi-D
30i
31i
32iB

How can I check to see if I have FANUC FOCAS

In order to see if you have FANUC FOCAS available on your CNC, is to first check if you have Ethernet. To do that follow these steps:

  • Press the [SYSTEM] hard key
  • Press [>] approximately 5 times until you see *ETHEPRM*
  • Press [ETHRM] soft key, followed by [OPRT]
  • This will display the ethernet connections available
  • Select a connection (normally EMBEDD or BOARD)
  • Press the [DOWN] hard key. (page 2)
  • This should display FOCAS / ETHERNET

If those steps took you to the Ethernet page and/or the FOCAS page, then you’re good to go! Call us for more info.

How can I keep track of my CNC machines and collect data from them?

Machine Monitoring allows you to collect CNC machine dataIf you want to collect CNC machine data, there are various methods to collect real-time status information from a CNC.

We have solutions that make it possible to monitor all types of machines and equipment from manual machines, boilers, cell controllers, assembly lines, and of course the obvious, CNC machines. all while providing one interface to see real-time status and run historical reports.

Collection methods include network-based protocols, MTConnect, wiring PLC’s to electrical points, bar code scanners, RFID’s, manual user input, and more. We also recommend machine monitoring through Predator MDC and Scytec DataXchange.

More info on the benefits of machine monitoring from one of our customers:

I am very happy with the software and it is having a positive impact on our productivity. Shop Floor Automations had been somebody that we worked with really before we acquired it 13 years ago. We had Predator and some of the software you supplied. Recently, we added the Scytec DataXchange stuff a few years ago, and you guys are just good problem solvers for us!

There was minimal startup cost and it requires little software management on the user end. Significant increases in machine utilization, better information flow between engineering guys and programming guys, quality guys, shop floor guys, and us as owners! Knowing what’s happening on the shop floor. I would recommend you, and I have – we’re big proponents of the software and you have been a really good resource for us. -Jerry Halley, Tech Manufacturing LLC