Overview of MTConnect protocol

MTConnect is a manufacturing technical standard to retrieve process information from numerically controlled machine tools.

The following image shows the data source input window for the MTConnect protocol:

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In order to connect a MTConnect device, you need to select the MTConnect protocol and enter the following data source parameter:

Parameter

Description

URL

The URL of the MTConnect device. The port is also part of the URL.

Example:

http://mtconnect.mazakcorp.com:5610/

MTConnect data point parameter

The following image shows the MTConnect data point parameter window:

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The following table shows the parameter of the MTConnect data point window:

Parameter

Description

Datapoint Address

ID of the DataItem from the MTConnect device.

Example (excerpt of an xml-file):

<DataItem category="SAMPLE" coordinateSystem="MACHINE" id="xpm" name="Xabs" nativeUnits="MILLIMETER" subType="ACTUAL" type="POSITION" units="MILLIMETER"/>

→ Datapoint Address: xpm

Type

The following datapoint types are supported:

  • int

  • long

  • double

  • boolean

  • string