Our machines are characterized in that they have two PCs. The first, normally not accedibile by the end user, is used for the control of the axes and the machine logic. The second, this instead accedibile by the end user, is used to proceed with the programming of the machine. These two PCs are distinguished one another and exchange data via the protocol TCP/IP. This separation adds a lot of confidence in using the machine. Even if the PC used for programming of the processing should have a fatal “crash”, the axes of the machine will continue to be monitored regularly. The Pc used in programming is also a Pc whose OS is completely standard and then you can install other programs besides ours, such as CAD/CAM, without ever going to catch on the real-time management of the machine axes. The fact that it is technically possible to install our program, such as under Windows 8, even on our 1992 machine derives from the fact that there are two PCs and each of which can have its history and evolution different from each other.
We have said that the two PCs are sharing data via TCP/IP. For those who don’t know the TCP/IP protocol is the Internet protocol. This means that the PC that controls the machine can communicate beside with the PC located on the machine, even with your other PCs in your LAN (“Local area network”) located for example in your technical department. It is a service widely used by our customers as you can program your machine, while maybe it’s doing a different job, from a “remote” position. If you have multiple machines from the PC “remote” then you will have to decide to which machine you want to connect. The Pc that controls the machine can communicate with multiple PCs “remote”. Thanks to this configuration if you put up your “VPN (Virtual Private Network) from any Pc that has access to the Internet (e.g. from home), you will be able to see what your machine is doing.