Predator MDC™ with MTConnect

Predator CNC Service MTConnect

Why use Predator MDC with MTConnect?

Leverage the power of Predator MDC with MTConnect to simplify machine monitoring and manufacturing data collection:

  • Track cycle time, setup time and teardown time
  • Collect downtimes, idle time and part counts
  • Analyze metrics per job, part, operation, shift, user, cell and more
  • Works with any MTConnect enabled CNC, CMM or sensor
  • Wired or wireless Ethernet based data collection
  • Single spindle and multiple spindles (up to 5) based machines
  • Single path and multiple paths (up to 32) based machines
  • Software based no special data collection hardware required
  • Supports MTConnect adapters and agents from any MTConnect compatible vendor

NOTE: Predator MDC supports MTConnect v1.4, v1.31, v1.3, v1.2 and v1.1 simultaneously.

MTConnect Pricing

MTConnect support is included with the purchase of Predator MDC. MTConnect Agents and Adapters can vary in terms of pricing and capabilities. The machine tool builders and equipment manufacturers that support MTConnect can provide additional pricing and capability details on their MTConnect Agents and Adapters.

Predator CNC Service and MTConnect

Leverage the power of MTConnect with Predator CNC Service to provide intelligent software based machine monitoring via Ethernet. Predator CNC Service supports machine operation modes, cycle counters and more for all makes and models of MTConnect enabled CNC Mills, Lathes, Routers, Lasers, Grinders, EDMs and CMMs.

Predator CNC Service MTConnect

The following software based data collection details are supported with most MTConnect agents and adapters:

  • Cycle Time
  • Idle Time
  • Automatic Time
  • MDI Time
  • Emergency Stop Time
  • Feed Rates
  • Feed Hold Time
  • Alarm Time
  • Spindle Speeds
  • Spindle Loads
  • Spindle Speed Overrides
  • Rapid Overrides
  • Feed Rate Overrides
  • Program Numbers
  • Sequence Numbers
  • Tool Numbers
  • Pallet Numbers
  • Part Counter Values
  • and more...

Predator MDC supports up to 100 additional custom MTConnect tags should additional details be required. Unfortunately, not all MTConnect agents and adapters include every MTConnect tag. Refer to the documentation provided by the MTConnect agent and adapter for which MTConnect tags are included. Some MTConnect vendors charge extra for some MTConnect tags. MTConnect agents or adapters may have to be purchased or installed by the machine builder or machine distributor.

Predator MDC's MTConnect Version 1.4 Standard Tag Support

MTConnect v1.4 Tag Description
Alarm Current machine alarm
Controller_Mode Current path's control mode (Automatic, MDI, Edit, etc.)
Emergency_Stop State of the emergency stop button or circuit
End_Of_Bar.Auxiliary Current state of the auxiliary end of bar
End_Of_Bar.Primary Current state of the primary end of bar
Equipment_Mode.Loaded Current loaded state of the equipment
Equipment_Mode.Operating Current operating state of the equipment
Equipment_Mode.Powered Current powered state of the equipment
Equipment_Mode.Working Current working state of the equipment
Execution Current path's execution or operating state (Cycle, Feed Hold, Idle, etc.)
Functional_Mode Current path's functional mode
Line Current path's line number (Deprecated with v1.4)
Line_Label Current path's line label
Line_Number Current path's line number
Load Current path's spindle load
Maintenance_ID Current or active maintenance personnel
Materials Current or active material
Operator_ID Current or active machine operator
Pallet_ID Current or active pallet number
Part_Count Current path's part counter
Part_ID Current or active part number
Path_Feedrate Current path's feed rate
Path_Feedrate_Override Current path's feed rate override percent
Path_Feedrate_Override.Rapid Current path's rapid override percent
PowerState.Line Current machine's power status
PowerState.Control Current control's power status
Program Current path's CNC program
Rotary_Velocity Current path's spindle speed
Rotary_Velocity_Override Current path's spindle override percent
Setup_ID Current or active setup
Tool_Number Current or active tool number
Tool_Offset.Length Current or active tool length offset
Tool_Offset.Radial Current or active tool diameter/radius offset
Work_Offset Current or active work/fixture offset
Workholding_ID Current path's work holding or fixture number

NOTE: Predator MDC supports up to 100 additional custom MTConnect v1.4 tags per machine or device.

Predator MDC's MTConnect Version 1.3 Standard Tag Support

MTConnect v1.3 Tag Description
Alarm Current machine alarm
Controller_Mode Current path's control mode (Automatic, MDI, Edit, etc.)
End_Of_Bar.Auxiliary Current state of the auxiliary end of bar
End_Of_Bar.Primary Current state of the primary end of bar
Emergency_Stop State of the emergency stop button or circuit
Execution Current path's execution or operating state (Cycle, Feed Hold, Idle, etc.)
Functional_Mode Current path's functional mode
Line Current path's line number
Load Current path's spindle load
Operator_ID Current or active machine operator
Pallet_ID Current or active pallet number
Part_Count Current path's part counter
PartID Current or active part number
Path_Feedrate Current path's feed rate
Path_Feedrate_Override Current path's feed rate override percent
Path_Feedrate_Override.Rapid Current path's rapid override percent
PowerState Current machine's power status
Program Current path's CNC program
Rotary_Velocity Current path's spindle speed
Rotary_Velocity_Override Current path's spindle override percent
Tool_Number Current or active tool number

NOTE: Predator MDC supports up to 100 additional custom MTConnect v1.3 tags per machine or device.

Predator MDC's MTConnect Version 1.2 Standard Tag Support

MTConnect v1.2 Tag Description
Alarm Current machine alarm
Controller_Mode Current path's control mode (Automatic, MDI, Feed Hold, etc.)
Emergency_Stop State of the emergency stop button or circuit
Execution Current path's execution or operating state (Cycle, Idle, etc.)
Line Current path's line number
Load Current path's spindle load
Operator_ID Current or active machine operator
PalletID Current or active pallet number
PartCount Current path's part counter
PartID Current or active part number
PathFeedrate Current path's feed rate
Path_Feedrate_Override Current path's feed rate override percent
Path_Feedrate_Override.Rapid Current path's rapid override percent
PowerState Current machine's power status
Program Current path's CNC program
RotaryVelocity Current path's spindle speed
SpindleSpeed Current path's spindle speed (Deprecated with v1.2)
Rotary_Velocity_Override Current path's spindle override percent
SpindleSpeed.Override Current path's spindle override percent (Deprecated with v1.2)
ToolAssetID Current or active tool number
ToolID Current or active tool number (Deprecated with v1.2)

NOTE: Predator MDC supports up to 100 additional custom MTConnect v1.2 tags per machine or device.

Predator MDC's MTConnect Version 1.1 Standard Tag Support

MTConnect v1.1 Tag Description
Alarm Current machine alarm
Controller_Mode Current path's control mode (Automatic, MDI, etc.)
Emergency_Stop State of the emergency stop button or circuit
Execution Current path's execution or operating state (Cycle, Idle, etc.)
Line Current path's line number
Load Current path's spindle load
Operator_ID Current or active machine operator
PartCount Current path's part counter
PartID Current or active part number
PathFeedrate Current path's feed rate
PathFeedrate.Override Current path's feed rate override percent
PathFeedrate.Override.Rapid Current path's rapid override percent
PowerState Current machine's power status
Program Current path's CNC program
SpindleSpeed Current path's spindle speed
SpindleSpeed.Override Current path's spindle override percent
ToolID Current or active tool number

NOTE: Predator MDC supports up to 100 additional custom MTConnect v1.1 tags per machine or device.