Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. introduced a new, open MTConnect adapter to help manufacturers further leverage Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) opportunities. IIoT can help its users to improve productivity and reduce manufacturing costs, and further facilitate shop floor monitoring. MTConnect is an open standard that allows the sharing of a common language between machines and other electrical equipment from various manufacturers.
Compliant with version 1.31 of the MTConnect standard, the new, open MTConnect adapter captures the NC data from machines on the shop floor in real-time and formats it into the MTConnect standard. Using one common communication tool for all equipment helps to minimize the need for specialized, proprietary software from multiple equipment vendors.
The MTConnect adapter, combined with a third-party client software interface, is designed to help provide management, plant managers and shop floor personnel with a comprehensive overview of shop floor activity. Once provided with that data, shop floor personnel can more quickly detect problems or inefficiencies in their production line and take actions to remedy the situation.
Keywords: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Shop Floor Monitoring, Machines, Electrical Equipment, ARC Advisory Group.