November 19, 2020
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What’s new in this release
Data access is the most critical factor in successful Smart Manufacturing. Without data, you can’t perform upstream analytics for preventive maintenance, nor can you calculate OEE. However, not every tool has a well-established 300mm standards-compliant SECS/GEM interface, let alone any SECS/GEM interface. That’s where PFSC™ can help.
In this release of PFSC, we have augmented our SECS/GEM communication capabilities, adding a file data collection infrastructure that lets you normalize, collect, and store almost any process or results file data on the equipment – all without writing any code. If there’s additional data you’d like to harvest from the tool’s PLC, we’ve enhanced our most popular PLC drivers to collect more data faster and more efficiently. We’ve added support for arrays, complex types, methods, and events to our OPC UA PLC driver and provided a high-speed communication option for our ADS Twincat PLC driver. And, once you’ve stored data in PFSC’s database, you can visualize it with PFSC’s newly enhanced charting that helps you contextualize what you’re looking at through annotations (e.g., recipe step completed) and statistical calculations (e.g., min, max, average, standard deviation).