Since PC-based CNC technology was introduced into factory automation, handling and maintenance of the equipment has changed drastically. The new CNC controls can interact with similar devices and other computers as well. This has opened up opportunities for better data management in factories.
The CNC software allows a configuration to send emails to specific recipients depending on set events. If a device needs more coolant or periodic maintenance, an email could be sent to the appropriate recipient with no involvement from the machine’s handler. Connection to the department or plant network allows messages to be sent to various users.
The CNC also features an interface that has web browser technology, which enables connection to the operator’s PC. A fault history log is available for viewing. If mechanical hang-ups occur frequently at a certain duration, the necessary mechanical adjustments could be properly schedules.
Additional data available include part count, down time and chip time. Remote access can be used to view device input and output conditions whenever mechanical issues are reported. This would enable the person determine what causes such problems before they get to the machine’s location.
This technology has simplified CNC maintenance. Since it’s based on mainstream technologies rather than a select number of vendors, it will continue to grow in future. This will open up a new era due to the new capabilities not available in older equipment.