Communications & Networks
Lantronix, Spectrum CNC team to wirelessly network CNC machines
July 29, 2009 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Lantronix Inc., a provider of secure, remote management, device networking and data center management technologies, has joined with Spectrum CNC, developer of DNC software, to deliver a highly-dependable wireless industrial automation solution that eliminates the need for wiring throughout the production floor.
Spectrum CNC’s Multi-DNC is a software-based machine tool communications system, and the first product to enable simultaneous uploads, downloads and dripfeeding of data into multiple CNC machines. Following its launch, customers began demanding a wireless solution that would simplify installations, reduce costs and increase flexibility for machine movement.
Spectrum CNC chose Lantronix to assist in engineering the product because of its expertise in wireless network connectivity. Lantronix’ engineers paired its embedded wireless device server, MatchPort b/g, with Spectrum CNC’s software. The combined product allows wireless connections between CNC machines using IEEE 802.11b/g networks. Spectrum CNC can now offer its customers the flexibility to locate equipment practically anywhere on the shop floor while monitoring it via a centralized operations console.
“Working with a recognized industry leader like Lantronix ensured our ability to innovate the most reliable wireless solution, which provides great benefits to our customers,” said Toni Novak, president of Spectrum CNC. “MatchPort was the perfect complement to our software and has allowed us to edge out competitors, while continuing to evolve our offerings to meet our customers’ needs.”
“Spectrum CNC has provided innovative technologies to the industrial automation space for years, and we’re happy that we can contribute our expertise to assist in the evolution of their solutions,” said Jerry Chase, CEO of Lantronix. “The combined offering meets growing customer demand to create a more flexible operating environment for computer controlled manufacturing equipment while cutting cost.” For a case study, visit www.lantronix.com/solutions/industrial-case-spectrum.html.