Agility on the factory floor means that machines must be able to run and change over quickly. With JIT & Lean manufacturing, waste is minimized. Reducing setup time by upgrading to an embedded DNC solution like the ORiON Production Interface (or our latest OPI-5 Unit) is one way to implement IIoT on your factory floor. In trying to make your machine tools into "metal printers", you need a smart edge device embedded in every CNC machine tool.
Nexas makes the OPI-5 with a Quad Core 64 bit ARM processor that has a total of 10 processors inside with 8 Gigs of non-volatile SD flash memory to handle all your DNC needs. With power like that, production optimization algorithms and Artificial Intelligence are now possible.
The ORiON Production Interface (OPI-5 Unit pictured below) is designed to be installed in a machine tool control to enable remote network wired/wireless access for DNC file loading and machine monitoring.
The OPI enables USB and serial DNC links (with protocols) to the machine as it acts a file store and embedded DNC engine. It runs on a Ubuntu Linux platform that works well connected to a normal Windows plant network. The OPI-5 has many useful capabilities, including mapped drives with its SAMBA Server and normal browser based operation/configuration. Gone are memory constraints, long serial cables, slow BAUD rates, long setup times and frustrating blind operation with proprietary interfaces - today a tablet, smart phone or laptop will do...
The OPI enables USB and serial DNC links (with protocols) to the machine as it acts a file store and embedded DNC engine. Click here for the Nexas OPI-5 Feature Sheet or the OPI-5 Installation Manual.
The OPI-5 pictured above also supports bar code reader input in standard Code 39 format on any USB port. It also is flexible with power as it can accept 7-30VDC input 2.0A – so it is plug and play with Fanuc, and handles all other CNC controls due its broad power range.