Interface Enables MTConnect-Monitoring of Legacy Equipment

5ME’s Freedom Digital Interface (FDI) with integral MTConnect adapter enables shops with legacy equipment to monitor machine tool performance using the company’s Freedom eLOG or other MTConnect monitoring software.

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5ME’s Freedom Digital Interface (FDI) with integral MTConnect adapter enables shops with legacy equipment to monitor machine tool performance using the company’s Freedom eLOG or other MTConnect monitoring software.

Older CNC or manual machines that do not have Ethernet ports can be monitored with the small, self-contained, DIN rail-mounted assembly. The FDI is comprised of off-the-shelf components and has eight digital inputs (24-V DC or 120-V AC) and two analog inputs (0-10-V DC). Each input is user-configurable based on specific use. An onboard adapter outputs a simple hierarchical data representation (SHDR) signal to the user’s MTConnect agent.

The Freedom eLOG software suite automatically extracts critical manufacturing data to produce web-based reports and analytics on asset utilization, availability, performance, quality and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). It integrates seamlessly with enterprise resource planning, manufacturing execution, and maintenance and quality business systems, and can be accessed via smartphone or tablet device.

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