FMS Insight works with recent Makino cell controller versions. FMS Insight can read events from the cell controller and can also insert parts, jobs, and orders; at the current time FMS Insight cannot create pallets or fixtures.
ADE Folder and SQL Server Connection
FMS Insight communicates with the Makino cell controller via two methods. First, FMS Insight uses a read-only connection to the Makino database to obtain log and status information about the cell. Secondly, when downloading parts, jobs, and orders, FMS Insight creates files in the Makino ADE folder. This is a folder which the Makino cell controller watches for changes; when a new file appears in this folder the Makino cell controller will itself import the file. Thus, FMS Insight never modifies the cell data directly but instead just creates the appropriate file in the ADE folder.
By default, FMS Insight uses
c:\Makino\ADE as the ADE folder and connects
to the database on the local computer. Both of these settings can be changed
in the configuration file.
Download Only Orders
When creating data in the cell controller (by writing a file to the ADE folder), FMS Insight has two modes. First, it can include a description of the part, job, and order, causing the Makino cell controller to create a new part, a new job, and a new order. This is the default, since it minimizes the amount of data which must be manually entered into the cell controller. Alternatively, via a setting in the config file, FMS Insight will only create orders. FMS Insight will assume that a matching part already exists inside the Makino cell controller.