If you intend to integrate with MachineMetrics by connecting your machines through a cellular network, please review this article in detail before attempting your integration. If you plan to integrate your machines via a wired or wireless network, please review the articles available for those specific network options instead. You can find all of our available network articles here.
This article provides detailed instructions for a successful MachineMetrics integration through a cellular network, including an overview of the required hardware, as well as the necessary prep work for your network and machines.
Topics covered in this article
- Cellular Viability
- Preparing your machines
- MachineMetrics Edge Hardware
- MachineMetrics Edge Software
- Connecting the MachineMetrics Edge Device
- Next Steps
Someone within your organization who is familiar with your cellular signal should make sure that your machines have an AT&T signal near each machine you want to integrate. If you aren't sure about your current cellular signal strength, please reference our knowledge base article on how to test the strength of your cellular signal.
Cellular connected machines are completely separated from your networking, through a secure M2M network on MachineMetrics' custom API.
Note: Billing for this service is monthly at approximately $15 per month, per machine.
Preparing your machines
You may need to drill two ¼” holes in the electrical cabinet of each machine in order to accommodate the MachineMetrics Cellular Edge Device’s twin cellular antennae. These are used by the Edge Device to communicate with AT&T, and will be required for a successful connection, but are only necessary if you have difficulty with establishing a signal with AT&T.
Upon finalizing your contract with MachineMetrics, you should have been shipped a Cellular Edge Device for each machine you intend to connect wirelessly. Please ensure you have the proper number of Edge Devices to complete your integration. If you appear to missing any edge devices, please contact your customer success manager.
Note: If you will need access to your machine's control on your internal network, you will want to consider the wired integration option instead, which can be found here.
MachineMetrics Edge Hardware
A MachineMetrics Cellular Edge Device is required for each machine when pursuing a cellular network connection. It is powered by 24V from the machine or a nearby 110V outlet. The Edge requires a cellular network with strong signal near your machines.
Visit this article for a list of our Hardware Kit and Connection Schematics.
MachineMetrics Edge Software
This device hosts our proprietary software which allows for machine data collection, buffering, and cloud migration. The MachineMetrics Edge also runs an IoT device management service called Balena. This allows MachineMetrics to remotely keep Edge Devices up to date and monitor their status. An outbound-only VPN is configured from the Edge to Balena that MachineMetrics manages in order to troubleshoot issues and send updates automatically. The operating system is a lightweight version of Linux.
Note: Mitsubishi M70 (other than M700 that operate Citizen machines) and Heidenhain TNC640 controls require installation on a separate Windows PC that has access to the Machine’s control.
Connecting the MachineMetrics Edge Device
Below is a video overview of how to Install your Edge Device into you Machines.
Note: On the bottom of the Edge you will find its serial number. It’s important to write down or take a picture of this number; will need this number once it is time to register and configure your Edge Device.
Now that MachineMetrics is able to communicate with your network, you will need to set up each of your machines so they are capable of communicating with MachineMetrics. This is accomplished by activating the data collection protocol available for each machine's control. You won't be able to successfully add a machine to your MachineMetrics account without first activating their respective data collection protocols.
If you are reading this article, you are likely doing so because your company is qualified to manage network setup and machine integration in-house. Managing one's own integration is only available for companies whose machines have either FANUC FOCAS or MTConnect available on their controls, or for Citizen-Cincom Machines with Mitsubishi Controls.
Click on the appropriate article listed below for detailed instructions on activating your machines. If you aren't certain which protocol applies to which machine, please reach out to your customer success manager for clarification.
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