FANUC CORPORATION and MachiningCloud announced their partnership to provide integrated management of tool information at the shop floor. MachiningCloud is a product data provider for cutting tools, CNC machines and workholding. FANUC CORPORATION is the developer of iHMI, Intelligent Human Machine Interface. FANUC iHMI is a user interface for consistent support of shop floor operation by providing the necessary functions for each process —“PLANNING”, “MACHINING” and “IMPROVEMENT”.
FANUC iHMI is not only function for display but also a kernel platform of making the machine IoT, which has functions of uploading machine and sharing information to upper system. The MachiningCloud, iHMI solution was on display in FANUC CORPORATION’s booth during JIMTOF 2016 at Tokyo Big Site, Japan. This partnership integrates management of tooling resources within one platform. Tool data provided by MachiningCloud and tool offset information measured by tool presetters, such as Zoller, also a MachiningCloud partner, can be imported and used by CNC machining and iHMI.
With MachiningCloud, FANUC’s customers will have a simpler way to find the right cutting tools as they will have direct access to current and complete tooling data without the hassle of searching through printed catalogs and multiple websites to find ideal tooling. This convenience and accuracy will save time and increase efficiency on the shop floor.
“We are excited about our collaboration with FANUC CORPORATION as the combination of FANUC’s new iHMI along with the capabilities of Zoller’s tool measurement capabilities on MachiningCloud, the CNC world will gain new operational efficiencies — one step closer to the promise of Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing initiatives.”, says Chuck Mathews, Managing Director and Cloud Evangelist for MachiningCloud.