Chevalier's exclusive intelligent Machine Communications System™ (iMCS) is a comprehensive remote monitoring system that connects clients with Chevalier through international communications protocol (OPC UA / MTConnect / umati) to compile performance data, remote machine monitoring, alarm history, maintenance, data analysis and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).
iMCS software is user friendly, IoT ready and specifically designed for an end-user’s analytic needs. This level of monitoring fosters a greater understanding of production assessment that leads to streamlining and maintaining operations for greater efficiency and productivity.
- Machine status - Monitoring of machine condition and real-time machine data
- Utilization - Statistical analysis of all machine conditions
- Program transfer - Transfer of files seamlessly between CNC controls and management center
- Diagnosis - Assessment of machine system and components through on-line system diagnostics
- Maintenance - Preprogrammed service and maintenance recommendations
- Production - Real-time production management with data collection statistics
This application is for visualizing information, big data analytics and forecasting. Chevalier provides various application platforms for customers according to their needs: CiFactory by Chevalier, StateMonitor by Heidenhain, MT-LINKi by Fanuc, SkyMars by Chevalier and other compatible application platforms.
To perform data collection and translation of information among these various communication protocols, Chevalier’s iBOX™ integrates with IoT functions to connect machines through these protocols: OPC UA, umati or MTConnect regardless of the control — Chevalier, Fanuc, Siemens, Heidenhain and other various controls.
All Chevalier machines function with iBOX connections. A machine’s sensors send signals regarding temperature or vibration information directly to the iBOX for data collection. After data analysis, the message is transferred back to the machine’s CNC control.
The iBOX has the ability to connect to existing machinery in the factory. The general-purpose communication standards, such as MTConnect, OPC UA and umati protocols, are supported. Chevalier provides an open development environment in which production devices can be connected and converted into production data. A device layer includes machine, sensors, robots and other devices.