Machine terminal for data acquisition
Auburn Hills, Michigan – Marposs’ Brankamp T1 Machine Terminal 4.0 allows data acquisition from auxiliary forming equipment that does not have process monitoring capability, such as automatic sorters, hardening furnaces, or packaging machines.
These user-friendly DC terminals provide information on machine status, part counting, batch numbers and scrap reporting.
The Scheduler Manager shows upcoming orders for the machine while Order Management enables the start, stop or interrupting of orders as well as the declaration of scrap quantities. In addition to production data, the T1 offers machine instructions for stop or release output, machine lock in case of missing user input, and lamp control. A Stop & Go diagram illustrates runtime analysis of the machine and machine setup is easily accomplished by pressing an assigned button.
The compact T1 features a 7” touchscreen color display with four digital input and outputs for direct connection to the machine control. This includes a lamp connection for warning or stop messages, direct connection to the machine cycle or PLC for exact parts counting, and a connection option for a printer or barcode scanner.
The units are designed to interface with the Brankamp FactoryNet 4.0 MES software, which provides an interface between machine, operator, production and resource planning and higher-level ERP systems. Real-time data from the connected machines is automatically collected and delivered, providing information on production cycles, processes, and quality as well as resources available and required.
FactoryNET 4.0 enables end-to-end documentation of the processes due to its connection directly with process monitoring. Production costs and quality are always transparent and traceable through the statistical recording and evaluation of performance indicators.
Although increased productivity, lower cost and improved quality are obvious benefits of FactoryNET, this interconnectivity and data flow supports the move toward the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0.