Integrating Machine Tool Monitoring with Distributed Numerical Control (DNC) software can augment CNC data collection and can make machine monitoring much more powerful. Standard monitoring systems can “get 90% of the way there” according to Richard Hefner, President of FactoryWiz Monitoring.
In particular, DNC’s ability to connect to the native protocols of multiple controls and serve as a data source for analytic software makes it useful for shops using multiple generations of machine tools.
Networks that feed part programs to shopfloor CNCs can double as a foundation for pulling data from them.
Publication: Modern Machine Shop
Author: Matt Danford