Machine Interfaces – CNC Control Software
The Freedom® Platform team has developed its own set of robust, easy to install, MTConnect Adapters that enable connectivity with any industrial asset. They are available as part of the Freedom eLOG® platform, or as stand-alone interfaces.
As the communication standard for the manufacturing industry, we have adopted the MTConnect protocol which provides rich data sets in a consistent format which can also be used to integrate with other applications such as ERP and other business systems. Freedom Software Adapters are available for all types of controllers on all types of machines. Examples include but not limited to:
• CNC’s (Fanuc, Siemens, Heidenhain, Bosch, Mazak, Okuma,etc)
• PLC’s ( A-B, Siemens, Modicon, etc)
• Robots ( FANUC, KUKA, ABB etc.)
• Any Controllers with OPC-UA
The Freedom Server is a Linux-based system that hosts the Freedom software. In an effort to leverage the latest technologies and create unique value for our customers the Freedom platform is available in three options:
Freedom Software Adapter
Freedom Software Adapters exist for many of the current standard CNC, PLC, and Robot controls that are used on the majority of industrial assets. This interface is installed directly on the assets industrial controller. Freedom Software Adapters communicate directly with the industrial controller via open architecture tools supplied by the control vendors. No PLC programming, asset configuration, or NC programming is required. The Freedom Software Adapter is extremely simple to install, taking only a few minutes to configure and when connected to a Freedom Server, communicates the real-time status of the industrial asset via MTConnect. Freedom Software Adapters are available for all types of controllers on all types of machines.
Examples include, but are not limited to:
• CNCs (Fanuc, Siemens, Heidenhain, Bosch, Mazak, Okuma, etc.)
• PLC’s (Allen Bradley, Siemens, Modicon, etc)
• Robots (Fanuc, ABB, KUKA, etc)
• Any Controllers with OPC-UA
We offer a Freedom Sensor Adapter for deploying additional sensors to any type of industrial asset but also for connecting to legacy assets whose only option
for communication is through discrete I/O. This off-the-shelf, self-contained, DIN-rail mounted electronic appliance mounts in the industrial asset’s power panel and is connected to I/O signals from the asset as well as from external sensors. The Freedom Sensor Adapter has MTConnect on-board and connects directly to the Freedom Server. It does not require PLC programming, asset configuration, or NC programming.
This adapter is expandable offering a variety of signal monitoring capabilities such as:
Freedom Gateway and Freedom eDGE provide the “edge analytics”, visualization, and secure network connection (to the asset monitoring client) as the foundation for an a la cart machine monitoring device that can scale to an enterprise machine monitoring solution. They allow you to transform any industrial asset into a Smart IIoT asset
Freedom Gateway is an industrially hardened IIoT edge appliance installed in the electrical cabinet of the manufacturing asset acting as a host for the Freedom eDGE software package. Additionally, it provides I/O interfaces for legacy machines, supports external sensor implementation/aggregation, and delivers both wired and wireless connectivity for ancillary devices.
Freedom eDGE is a web-based system that can be accessed from any device connected to the Freedom Gateway with a standard web browser.