September 01, 2016

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has arrived on factory floors, and Makino’s new ProNetConneX provides the data and connectivity necessary for intelligent factories to rapidly respond to fluctuating market demands. ProNetConneX offers manufacturers a built-in, instant on-ramp to the IIoT, with secure connectivity to leading software management systems via the MTConnect standard. With support for both secure local network and private cloud-based data resources, ProNetConneX gives users the ability to connect, collect and analyze machine data from anywhere in the world.

“Factory floors are in a state of evolution, where digital connectivity and integration are bringing manufacturing operations out from behind the curtains and into the fold of enterprise planning, scheduling and product life-cycle systems,” says James Brown, manager of controls software development at Makino. “Makino has developed ProNetConneX to provide simple and secure transmission of machine information across connected devices on the factory floor. From machine status monitoring and utilization to ERP [enterprise resource planning] system integration, ProNetConneX equips companies with holistic knowledge and control of their manufacturing operations.”

ProNetConneX facilitates the free-flow of machine data for Intelligent Factories through a variety of capabilities, such as:

  • Real-time data collection and accessibility
  • Machine health monitoring
  • Cloud data collection either locally or Internet
  • Secure local network and cloud-based systems connectivity
  • MTConnect v1.3 compliancy

ProNetConneX is fully integrated into Makino’s latest machine controls, requiring no supplemental hardware. Additional machine sensors can be installed within machines and added to ProNetConneX to expand data collection capabilities based on manufacturers’ unique needs.

Compatibility with the latest MTConnect standards enables Makino’s ProNetConneX to connect with a company’s choice of software management system, including solutions from Memex, Scytec, Lemoine, Freedom eLog and Forcam . For example, using ProNetConneX, machine data can be supplied to the Forcam system for part production monitoring, control and interfacing to MRP/ERP systems. Data security and cloud services are enabled in cooperation with one of today’s leading network hardware providers, making the networking platform familiar and easy to use for IT technicians.

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