c-Connect – digitizing one step at a time
How do machining companies manage to digitalise their manufacturing processes without significant investment? How do they reap the benefits of connectivity without a complete overhaul of their existing machinery? And how can they reliably transfer data without having to interrupt production for too long? c-Com has the answer, and its name is c-Connect.
available to all involved. Information regarding tools and machinery is transferred to the cloud via RFID chips and DNC servers. Manual data transfer is not necessary. This, or something like it, represents the ideal scenario for connected manufacturing.
Yet it is a scenario that only rarely reflects reality because systematic connectivity usually tends to involve considerable investment. c-Com has developed the c-Connect module, including a box of the same name, for companies wishing to go digital without incurring high costs.
Quick and easy assembly
This involves mounting a c-Connect box on every machine and linking the two via USB – a quick and easy process. “Machine parks with very different machinery can be connected rapidly and without any fuss,” says Fiorucci. After all, c-Connect is compatible with all common machine controllers and thus represents an affordable entry model for digitalisation in the field of machining. And it also has plenty of potential for expansion, as Giari Fiorucci explains: “c-Connect leaves all options open. The level of digitalisation can be increased gradually. For example, all the benefits offered by other c-Com modules can be integrated.”
Directly transferring measuring data
transfers them to the machine tool at the touch of a button. Not only does this eliminate errors, but it also saves on unnecessary non-productive time. “Another benefit is that stock movements are registered on the c-Com platform. It is also possible to obtain data such as tool life or reason for replacement in c-Com when a tool is taken out of service; in other words, to digitalise the tool operation card,” adds Fiorucci.