Silex Technology, one of the world's leading providers of network solutions, is attending EMO Hannover 2019 to showcase the FBR 100AN, a compact device that can both translate machine protocols and transmit them wirelessly to monitoring stations. This makes it a dual-band wireless bridge for CNC machines that enables machine tool manufacturers and operators to collect their operating data and transfer it to the host system via a LAN or WiFi connection, which can reportedly improve workflows and reduce maintenance costs.
The device also serves as a protocol converter to translate the various machine languages into the OPC UA umati-standard format and transfer them to the monitoring host - via either a wireless or wired connection. Silex is attending EMO Hannover to demonstrate all the benefits the FBR 100AN has to offer, dividing its presence between two stands - first with the electronics and machine specialists at FANUC in Hall 9, and then again with the mechanical engineers from Murata Machinery in Hall 17. Both companies are dedicating a lot of effort to showcasing the solution's interoperability, with more than 100 devices from a number of machine tool and control system manufacturers and various application providers being integrated into the network.