Machine Data Collection

The higher the pro­por­tion of auto­mat­i­cally col­lected machine data sig­nals, the bet­ter the data qual­ity with less report­ing effort. Since gen­er­ally it takes decades for the machin­ery to grow, machine con­trols have a ten­dency to be het­ero­ge­neous. FORCAM FORCE™ offers a flex­i­ble machine con­nec­tor for auto­matic data collection.


FORCAM FORCE™ allows for the col­lec­tion, edit­ing and sav­ing of data from a vari­ety of sources, as well as for the graphic and tab­u­lar visu­al­iza­tion of the results. The automa­tion con­trol (SPS, CNC, PC) of the plant, equip­ment, mea­sur­ing tools, check­ing facil­i­ties – they can all be data sup­pli­ers as well as data recip­i­ents. Sen­sors may also be linked through so-called field­bus con­trollers, and last but not least machine oper­a­tors may also enter and cor­rect data, should that be required or necessary.

For the con­nec­tion of var­i­ous con­trols, a num­ber of phys­i­cal and log­i­cal com­bi­na­tions are opti­mally supported:

  • S5 S7 TCP/IP native, RFC1006, Mod­bus etc.
  • Cycli­cally polled or via event trig­gered trans­mis­sion from control
  • Direct access to dig­i­tal or anal­o­gous sig­nals (voltage/ electricity)
  • Con­nec­tion via avail­able net­work, co-processor CPMPI, …
  • Access to Siemens, Allen-Bradley, Fanuc etc.
  • Stan­dards such as OPC, RPC, MT-Connect
Flex­i­ble con­nec­tion of machine controls

After col­lec­tion all data will be nor­mal­ized via an inte­grated scripted lan­guage. Using logic, the data is then con­nected to sta­tus infor­ma­tion. The mal­func­tion map­ping enables the easy allo­ca­tion of error mes­sages to error texts, and the clas­si­fi­ca­tion into a multi-level error hierarchy.

 Stan­dard sig­nals for the col­lec­tion of machine data are: machine on/ off, production/ down­time, quan­tity and mal­func­tion as a col­lec­tive message.

In order to facil­i­tate main­te­nance and the exe­cu­tion of sys­tem mod­i­fi­ca­tions through in-house main­te­nance, con­fig­u­ra­tion is car­ried out via the web inter­face of FORCAM FORCE™.