New at EASTEC 2019 – Excellerant Connects and Collects Shop Floor CNC Machine Data in Real Time

New at EASTEC 2019 – Excellerant Connects and Collects Shop Floor CNC Machine Data in Real Time

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New at EASTEC 2019 – Excellerant Connects and Collects Shop Floor CNC Machine Data in Real Time

Excellerant, a division of MACDAC Engineering, is pleased to show manufacturers in the New England region a significant new product in the drive towards seamless factory connectivity at EASTEC 2019. The event will be held May 14 – 16 in West Springfield, MA. Excellerant provides small to large manufacturers 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.

“This product is just one part of the company’s exhibit at EASTEC,” says John Carpenter, president of Excellerant. “With third party partners, the exhibit will display how even small shops can partake in the features and benefits of closed-loop automation and Industry 4.0 in an economical way.” For example, the company will have Catia CAD software, Mastercam CAD/CAM software featuring its “Blade Expert” dedicated toolpath package for turbine blade production, a CNC machine (which Excellerant will be monitoring with a tablet interface), and a gaging device with inspection software.

Excellerant is 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.  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 different control systems and a combination of older and newer machines, thus requiring a more universal solution. Excellerant is that solution, allowing manufacturing firms to keep all of their current systems including upstream programs such as ERP and MES.

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. 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. 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 package is currently available and consists of a software license and proven, easy-to-install hardware connecting to each machine controller.

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