I am attempting to connect ignition to a Citizen Swiss lathe. Is ignition compatible with MTConnect?
We don’t have any support for MTConnect.
You can use Kepware though, which does have an MTConnect driver, and the make an OPC UA connection to their server.
You are missing out on a significant portion of the market by ignoring MTConnect.
Seriously though, I’ll try to keep it on the radar for after 8.0.
Innorobix Automation developed an MTConnect module for Ignition that can be connected to multiple agents. The neat feature about this module is that it will dynamically create and sort the associated tags per agent and make them available in designer under providers.
Feel free to reach out if you want to see a demo.
What are the benefits of getting MTConnect data into Ignition? I can think of OEE as the only obvious usage, but other than that? Reports? Dashboards? Will Ignition not be an overkill for it? Would appreciate your thoughts on this.
The main push for this connector was to collect OEE data but like you mentioned, the reporting and dashboards turned out to be as important. Implementing Ignition just for the sake of OEE would be an overkill but the intent of such driver is to complement to the overall offering of Ignition and the convenience it provides.