Digitalising in small steps with c-Connect

The complete delivery chain is networked using the open cloud platform c-Com. Data are available to all involved. Data on tools and machines in production reach the cloud automatically via RFID chips and DNC servers. There is no manual transmission of data.

This or a similar concept is the ideal scenario for networked production. However, only rarely is this the scenario in reality. Complete networking mostly involves major investments. For businesses that want to get started in digitalisation without high costs, c-Com has developed the "c-Connect" module including the box of the same name.

The usage of c-Connect pays off for customers several times over. On the one hand, c-Connect makes it possible to transmit the tool data digitally from the setting fixture to the machine including the registration of the inventory movements. It is also possible to monitor, among other aspects, the machine status using the c-Connect Box by means of various sensors. 

For this purpose, a c-Connect Box is mounted on each machine and connected to the machine using the USB port – quick and easy. In this way production facilities with entirely different machines can be networked quickly and without complications. c-Connect is independent of the machine controllers and therefore a low-cost entry model for digitalisation in the area of machining. No channels are closed with c-Connect, the digitalisation can be expanded gradually. For instance, all advantages offered by the other c-Com modules can be integrated.

At a glance
  • Most cost-effective machine networking on the market
  • Tool data transfer to the machine and back to the cloud platform c-Com
  • Transfer and evaluation of tool lives and reasons for replacement
  • Monitoring and evaluation of states of the machine
  • Notification issued about machine standstill
  • Independence of machine controller and manufacturer
  • Manual errors while entering the tool data in the machine controller excluded
  • Machine standstill minimised
  • Effectiveness of the tools can be analysed
  • Unnecessary non-productive times are saved, the machine can be set-up more quickly
  • Simple, quick installation and commissioning of the system
  • All data is available transparently to all involved in real time
Directly transferring measured data

Where in large-scale series manufacture RFID chips and DNC servers are normally used, in smaller companies relevant measured data are often transferred from the setting fixture to the machine tool by means of manual entry. This procedure is not only time-consuming, it is also susceptible to errors and can, in the worst case, result in damage to the tool, machine or part. Such manual errors during data transfer are completely excluded using c-Connect. The setting fixture measures the tool and the measured data are then transferred automatically to the c-Com platform. The tool is scanned at the machine, the c-Connect Box retrieves the measured data from c-Com and transmits them to the machine tool at the press of a button. Not only are errors excluded, unnecessary non-productive times are saved. In addition, the inventory movements are registered in the c-Com platform. Furthermore, on the removal of the tool it is possible to add tool data such as tool life or reason for replacement to c-Com. This feature makes it possible to digitalise the tool card.

Monitoring of the machine

With the c-Connect Box it is also possible to monitor all values that can be acquired using sensors. In this way the c-Connect Box checks and measures, for example, the temperature, the atmospheric humidity or the status of the machine signal lamp. If a defined value is exceeded or dropped below, a push message is sent immediately to the operator or the person responsible, for example in the form of an SMS, Twitter message or e-mail. The same applies if there are malfunctions. As soon as, for instance, the machine signal lamp switches to red, notification is immediate and the fault can be rectified. In this way, among other aspects, long downtimes during unmanned production, for example overnight, are prevented.

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