What notifications will DataXchange send me about my machine?

Each level of DataXchange has different CNC data collection features. Therefore, you will get different machine notifications depending on what level you use.

DataXchange pricing information 

DataXchange versions compared 

Typical machine monitoring requests from customers:

  • Lower feedrate overrides? All feedrate overrides can be tracked with all levels of DataXchange.
  • Unknown downtime? Yes – with all versions. Includes CNC downtime reasons such as CNC program stop, machine sitting in feed hold, etc.
  • Planned machine downtime? Input notes for planned downtime such as coolant change, tool change, lockout tagout, and more with levels Silver, Gold and Platinum.
  • Shop floor utilization? OEE can be tracked with levels Gold and Platinum only.
  • Mobile machine monitoring? DataXchange users can achieve iPhone CNC monitoring and Android CNC monitoring through the software. Ask us for more info.
  • Email and text machine notifications? Yes, for Silver, Gold and Platinum levels.
  • CNC notifications, including machine downtime notifications? It depends on the type of notifications you want from different equipment activity.

Want machine historical data? Machine usage stats? Machine cycle status? Or have custom needs? We welcome you to do the following if you still have more questions:

  1. Sign up for a machine monitoring demo
  2. Sign up for a trial
  3. Fill out a contact form or call (877) 611-5825

 

 

What Fanuc RS232 Parameters can I use?

What Fanuc RS232 Parameters can I use?

There are several different Fanuc parameters for the series of controls available, but we do have most of them.

If you’re an existing customer, submit a support request with the model # you have so we can assist you. You can also call (877) 611-5825

Our Fanuc specific solutions:

Fanuc DNC Software – Complete RS232 transfer & drip-feeding via Wireless and Ethernet communication. Simultaneous communication for all FANUC CNC model. Predator DNC includes all FANUC RS232 and Ethernet protocols.

Machine monitoring – DataXchange is compatible with Fanuc FOCAS for machine data collection.

How is Fanuc FOCAS different from the MTConnect protocol? Read more 

 

 

DataXchange on Mobile? Industrial IoT

Does DataXchange support mobile devices? I want to take further advantage of the Industrial IoT.

Yes, this machine monitoring software is available for Apple iOs and on Google Android devices.

Having on the go access to your machine OEE data has many benefits. In this blog, we assert that there is less worry of machines going down, this can create a better work/life balance for those who work on the shop floor, and in the front office. Machine monitoring, which is a powerful IIoT (industrial internet of things) tool, is an amazing way to get notifications of what is going on with machines not only on the shop floor, but via email or text notifications.

When this proven solution to deal with downtime is combined with more accountability through the means of…other resources on the shop floor, there is more trust in the workplace. More people can use their PTO to go on vacation, or workers who are home sick can help give guidance when a machine goes down via a notes section through machine monitoring.

Call us for more info at (877) 611-5825 or fill out a contact form today

What are the different Scytec DataXchange Settings?

What are the different Scytec DataXchange Settings?

The Scytec DataXchange Settings page displays the Account Settings, along with the Settings to enable automatic login into the application.  In addition, the initial page that is displayed after login can be set up, as well.

More about Scytec DataXchange from some of our customers:

We were looking for some machine monitoring software to be able to see the effectiveness of our machines, so we went with Scytec DataXchange to monitor our machines. Amy has connected me with DataXchange and has been really helpful. Been dealing with Shop Floor Automations for a few years with different companies I’ve been at. I originally heard of SFA from word-of-mouth. -Tom, AMT Senior Aerospace

We’re using Scytec DataXchange and we have been able to increase our productivity by 25 percent just monitoring the machine utilization. SFA did it all remotely and it worked great. The software is very easy to use. -Derek, Aero Precision

What are some Scytec DataXchange Options?

What are some Scytec DataXchange Options?

The Options displayed will vary, depending on the currently selected Chart Type.  Options are used to select information such as filter by specific status.

Speaking on DataXchange features, let’s talk about a feature called Modified Time Stamp that is in the DataXchange Data Entry Screen. You can give this permission to your users, or not – it’s completely up to you, but what it does is exactly what it says. It allows them to modify the time stamp of events.

So let’s look at this EDM, for example. Currently, it is in a downtime called “unknown downtime.” It has been in that downtime for about a minute. So, if I am the operator of this machine, and I had walked away, came back to the machine, and realized “oh, it stopped running,” and the reason it stopped running was [that]I am having a tooling issue.

Well, do you want all of this time that’s already been collected to count towards that tooling? If you do, you let them say “modified time stamp,” it automatically jumps back to the exact date and time that the last event stopped. They can’t go back further in time. Just to when the last event stopped.

They hit “set” – “start new status” – it updates the status and you will see here, the duration still says 1 minute, 40 seconds. So, it backdated all that time. This is a great feature to be more accurate with your downtimes on the shop floor.

Check out our videos on the modified time stamp feature, as well as the DataXchange data entry screen.

What is the Scytec DataXchange Equipment page?

What is the Scytec DataXchange Equipment page?

The Equipment page is used to select specific equipment for display in the static charts.  If User or Company Groups have been configured within the DataXchange

If User or Company Groups have been configured within the DataXchange application, then those will be available for use in the mobile applications as well.

What is real-time machine monitoring and why is it important? Every day, there are large amounts of data generated by the machines just waiting to be collected. Such as feed rates, spindle speeds, downtime, part counts, and more. Collecting and analyzing this data by hand can be tedious and does not provide immediate feedback.

Real-time machine monitoring allows management to instantly identify throughout issues, as they happen. You can receive notifications via email or text to keep the machine running! The advantage of software-based machine monitoring is it collects and organizes important business data digitally while providing real-time analysis and notifications.

How can I monitor my machine automatically? Today, many modern machines have the technology built into them to output the current machine status. Real-time machine monitoring systems can then read that output, save it in a database, then analyze, and report on it.

There are two major standards for machine monitoring capabilities. FANUC FOCAS is a feature of the FANUC i series controller. It captures cycle status,  overrides, spindle speeds, feed rates, alarms, and downtime in real-time.

If your machine does not support FOCAS or MTConnect, Shop Floor Automations has hardware devices that can be attached to your machine in order to collect data. SFA works closely with the MTConnect Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and other innovators in the industry to improve machine monitoring techniques for real-time data collection software.

How do I select a Scytec DataXchange Time Frame?

How do I select a Scytec DataXchange Time Frame?

Many quick selectors are available for selecting a time frame, or the individual controls can be used to select any specific time range.

What is real-time machine monitoring and why is it important? Every day, there are large amounts of data generated by the machines just waiting to be collected. Such as feed rates, spindle speeds, downtime, part counts, and more. Collecting and analyzing this data by hand can be tedious and does not provide immediate feedback.

Real-time machine monitoring allows management to instantly identify throughout issues, as they happen. You can receive notifications via email or text to keep the machine running! The advantage of software-based machine monitoring is it collects and organizes important business data digitally while providing real-time analysis and notifications.

How can I monitor my machine automatically? Today, many modern machines have the technology built into them to output the current machine status. Real-time machine monitoring systems can then read that output, save it in a database, then analyze, and report on it.

Every minute on the shop floor counts toward profitability and increased production. If you could eliminate downtime and provide operators, shop managers, and mid-management with real-time dashboards along with historical reports and charts, everyone becomes accountable. Shop Floor Automations provides Scytec machine monitoring and data collection systems to deliver measurable cycle times, spindle utilization and why CNC machines are idle.

What is a Scytec DataXchange Chart Type?

What is a Scytec DataXchange Chart Type?

The Chart Type screen provides the ability to select a specific chart for viewing.

All charts that are generated from the Chart Type page are static charts, they will not update automatically.  Associated information such as the time frame and the equipment must be selected before a chart can be generated.

What is real-time machine monitoring and why is it important? Every day, there are large amounts of data generated by the machines just waiting to be collected. Such as feed rates, spindle speeds, downtime, part counts, and more. Collecting and analyzing this data by hand can be tedious and does not provide immediate feedback.

Real-time machine monitoring allows management to instantly identify throughout issues, as they happen. You can receive notifications via email or text to keep the machine running! The advantage of software-based machine monitoring is it collects and organizes important business data digitally while providing real-time analysis and notifications.

How can I monitor my machine automatically? Today, many modern machines have the technology built into them to output the current machine status. Real-time machine monitoring systems can then read that output, save it in a database, then analyze, and report on it.

Every minute on the shop floor counts toward profitability and increased production. If you could eliminate downtime and provide operators, shop managers, and mid- management with real-time dashboards along with historical reports and charts, everyone becomes accountable. Shop Floor Automations provides Scytec machine monitoring and data collection systems to deliver measurable cycle times, spindle utilization and why CNC machines are idle.

 

What is Scytec DataXchange Current Status?

Scytec DataXchange Current Status?

The Sytec DataXchange current status screen shows a list of all of the equipment. Each row contains four pieces of information.

The color icon will represent the General Status and will use the color assigned to the associated Status Type. The machine name will be displayed, and then the middle text will show the specific status is one is active.

If a specific status is not active then the general status will be displayed. The text on the bottom will be the amount of time the equipment has been in the associated status. The current status will update automatically approximately once a minute.

Where is the Scytec DataXchange Login Screen?

Where is the Scytec DataXchange Login Screen?

The Login screen will display the username of the user currently logged in along with the connection status of the DataXchange Services.

Once you are logged in, here is some info on how to use the Scytec DataXchange Data Entry Screen. A lot of our customers tell us that the value from the system comes from tracking downtimes and downtime reason codes. We can collect some downtimes from your machines automatically, but there are a lot of downtimes that a human needs to tell us, and this is the interface that we are going to use.

So let’s go over what we are looking at here: I have got the screen set up to show three different machines, so maybe this would be in a cell of three machines. This application will run on a PC, Windows tablet, Android, or iPad. The interface will look exactly the same, no matter which interface you are running it on. But if I want to enter a downtime, it is really easy- I just choose which machine I want to control. So the EDM at the top here is going to show me that I am controlling the EDM.

Over here on the right, it is going to show me a little bit about the status of what is going on with that machine right now. What status it is in. How long it has been in that status. So, if I want to put, for instance, an unplanned downtime, I would click that button and I would get a drop down list. This list is user-definable. You can have as many reason codes as you want.

But maybe I am having a quality issue – I can just highlight that reason code, and hit “start new status” and instantly, the data base see the new status and starts collecting time against that. You will see the color here has changed, and each of these colors represents the current status of that particular machine.

I can have planned downtimes, such as breaks, setup, maybe teardown. I have an in cycle button – this is really only used if you’re manually tracking cycle time. In most cases, we’re actually going to get the cycle time from your machine automatically, but perhaps you have a manual process you want to track? So maybe you could have a cycle time called “inspection”? And the human can just push a button to start a timer to say they’re inspecting parts.

We can import your part numbers from your ERP system, and somebody could go in here and type that they are looking for a specific part number. It will filter it down. They can choose the part number, start a new status. Now anytime that we collect will be applied to that part number. We could collect the part counts from some machines, but if we can’t, they can manually enter a part count here.

You can enter your scrap reasons and scrap count. So you plug in your number, and you have reason codes for your scrap – again, completely user definable. Custom commands – this is used for things such as emailing. We might have an email in the system called “email maintenance” so there would be a pre-canned email where the operator can just hit this button, say enter, and an email would be sent off to maintenance, so they know the EDM just requested it. That concludes this overview of the data entry screen!