We know that manufacturers have a variety of machine makes and models of all types and ages. Our goal was to make it easy to connect to those assets. So, we developed unique software interfaces and devices for obtaining machine data, analyzing it, and displaying without the need for changes to the controllers or machine itself.
The Freedom® AI team has developed its own set of robust, easy to install, MTConnect Adapters that enable connectivity with any industrial asset. They are available as part of the Freedom eLOG® platform, or as stand-alone interfaces.
As the communication standard for the manufacturing industry, we have adopted the MTConnect protocol which provides rich data sets in a consistent format which can also be used to integrate with other applications such as ERP/MES and other business systems. Freedom AI Software Adapters are available for all types of controllers on all types of machines.
Freedom AI Software Adapters exist for many of the current standard CNC, PLC, and Robot controls that are used on the majority of industrial assets.
This interface is installed directly on the assets industrial controller. Freedom AI Software Adapters communicate directly with the industrial controller via open architecture tools supplied by the control vendors. No PLC programming, asset configuration, or NC programming is required.
The Freedom AI Software Adapter is extremely simple to install, taking only a few minutes to configure and when connected to a Freedom AI Server, communicates the real-time status of the industrial asset via MTConnect.
Freedom AI Software Adapters are available for all types of controllers on all types of machines.
Examples include are but not limited to:
The Freedom AI Server is a Linux-based system that hosts the Freedom AI software. In an effort to leverage the latest technologies and create unique value for our customers the Freedom AI platform is available in two options:
– An Industrial Cloud Managed by the Freedom AI Team
– An On-Premise Virtual Server hosted by the Customer
....and there's no special software to install
on user devices, all you need is a web browser.
Our Freedom AI Industrial Cloud option is a scalable multi-tenant solution that is hosted externally on a third-party hosting service. The key benefits are;
For those assets with an industrial controller that does not support open architecture, we offer a hosting appliance.
This DIN-rail mounted industrial PC provides a Windows platform on which the Freedom AI Software Adapter resides.
The Hosting Appliance offers:
The Freedom AI Sensor Adapter is for deploying additional sensors to any type of industrial asset but also for connecting to legacy assets whose only option for communication is through discrete I/O.
This off-the-shelf, self-contained, DIN-rail mounted electronic appliance mounts in the industrial asset’s power panel and is connected to I/O signals from the asset as well as from external sensors.
The Freedom AI Sensor Adapter has MTConnect on-board and connects directly to the Freedom AI Server. It does not require PLC programming, asset configuration, or NC programming.
This adapter is expandable offering a variety of signal monitoring capabilities such as:
Freedom AI Gateway is an industrially hardened IIoT edge appliance installed in the electrical cabinet of the production asset acting as a host for the Freedom AI eDGE software package.
Additionally, it provides I/O interfaces for legacy machines, supports external sensor implementation/aggregation, and delivers both wired and wireless connectivity for ancillary devices.
Gateway is configurable to meet any production asset monitoring situation:
Your solution for Edge Analytics, Freedom AI eDGE is a web-based system that can be accessed from any device connected to the Freedom AI Gateway with a standard web browser.
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