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5ME debuts MTConnect FDI
October 2, 2015 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Oct. 2, 2015 – 5ME says its Freedom Digital Interface (FDI) with integral MTConnect adapter allows shops with legacy equipment to monitor machine tool performance using the company’s Freedom eLOG or other MTConnect monitoring software.
The FDI has eight digital inputs (24VDC or 120VAC) and two analogue inputs (0-10VDC), and each input is user-configurable based on specific use. An onboard adapter outputs a Simple Hierarchical Data Representation (SHDR) signal to the user’s MTConnect agent. 5ME’s Freedom eLOG software suite extracts manufacturing data to produce web-based reports and analytics on asset utilization, availability, performance, quality and OEE. It is brand, asset and process agnostic, says 5ME. The software also integrates with ERP, MES, maintenance and quality business systems, and can be accessed anytime via smartphone or tablet device, it adds.