Single part tracking for CNC equipment
MICA used to enable CNC machines to provide single parts tracking and material interlock functionality. It also serves as a gateway to the FabEagle® Line Controller system.
Requirements from Automotive Suppliers
In the Automotive industry the tracking of each single part through the CNC machining process is becoming mandatory. Analyzing the collected data for process improvements and quality control is requested by end customers and provides competitive advantage to the manufacturer.
Material Tracking and Data Acquisition
Adding material tracking capabilities to each CNC machine requires additional hardware like Data-Matrix-Code (DMC) scanners, switches and indicator lights. For the collection of process data that is not available from the interface of the machine e.g. analog flowmeters and temperature sensors are necessary and connected with extension hardware to MICA. Additionally to prevent the machines from starting e.g. in case of potential material mishandling an interlock relay within the CNC machine is controlled by our software.
Automatic distribution of software and configuration
For the fleet of MICAs an automatic configuration and software distribution was developed to support Continuous Development and Integration of updates. The software also supports remote health monitoring and provides maintenance personal in case of hardware failure with automatic software provisioning.