Merlin Connect
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Merlin Connect

Industry 4.0 software

Industry 4.0
Software

  • Do you have or are you about to buy machinery that is ready for industry 4.0?

  • Are you looking for a special software to interconnect your machines?
  • Do you work in the Italian market and you’re looking for a software that allows your clients to get the economical supports for industry 4.0?
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Merlin Connect
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merlin connect software per industria 4.0

Merlin Connect

Il software per industria 4.0

Industry 4.0
Software

  • Do you have or are you about to buy machinery that is ready for industry 4.0?

  • Are you looking for a special software to interconnect your machines?
  • Do you work in the Italian market and you’re looking for a software that allows your clients to get the economical supports for industry 4.0?
Contact us

Merlin Connect is an Industry 4.0 software package developed by A3 Soluzioni Informatiche which is suitable for any market sector. Our industry 4.0 tool connects to your machines, reads their data and transmits them to the IT and/or ERP management system you use for your business.

Everything is done automatically: once the connection is set up, Merlin Connect extracts the data from the machine and makes them available for staff to consult (via a proprietary interface or ERP system). It can also transmit information from the selected source to the machine.

Merlin Connect is an Industry 4.0 software package developed by A3 Soluzioni Informatiche which is suitable for any market sector. Our industry 4.0 tool connects to your machines, reads their data and transmits them to the IT and/or ERP management system you use for your business.

Everything is done automatically: once the connection is set up, Merlin Connect extracts the data from the machine and makes them available for staff to consult (via a proprietary interface or ERP system). It can also transmit information from the selected source to the machine.

.FUNCTIONS

Machine interconnection: data collection and monitoring

Merlin Connect is the ideal application for the Industrial Internet of Things. It establishes a connection with the company’s machines and acquires the data generated during operation (number of parts produced, average production time of each part, start and end times, errors etc.). The processed data are then organised and made available to staff through a dedicated interface.

Connecting your management system with your machinery

Thanks to this function, it is possible to create a two-way connection between your machinery and your management system, allowing them to communicate. The machine produces the data and Merlin Connect collects and transmits them to the system. Conversely, the ERP system can send information to the machine using the functions offered by Merlin Connect, which acts as a “go-between”. This feature is particularly useful for companies which use production control management systems or technical drawing programmes.

Data storage

After extracting the data, Merlin Connect stores them in special databases. This function allows you to store information and create records which can be consulted by your staff. In addition, the database acts as a real ‘repository’: if you need to send data to third-party software, you can do so with Merlin Connect without having to migrate data or find new ways of exchanging them.

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.3 OPERATING MODES

Thanks to implementation in numerous projects, Merlin Connect is now compatible with a variety of technologies used to send and receive data (e.g. web services, FTP or MQTT protocols, .csv files, .xls files, intermediate database tables, Modbus/TCP, Profinet, OPC-UA servers, etc.). The system has three operating modes.

1. With a Cloud interface

Data can be consulted without an ERP system: Merlin Connect has a proprietary cloud interface which can also be accessed from a smartphone, so users can view data and send management and configuration data to their machinery.

2. With an ERP management system

Merlin Connect can import machine data directly into the ERP system (or make them available to it) where they can be analysed and processed according to your needs. At the same time, it can read or receive data from the ERP system and transmit them to the machines (or make the information available to them).

3. Stand-alone

The software collects the machine data so it can export them and make them available as files, tables, web services or other outputs. Alternatively, it reads the data from the various outputs and makes them available to the machinery.

.INSTALLATION

Depending on your needs and the operating mode you choose, Merlin Connect can be installed with two different solutions:

  • On a device provided by us with the software pre-installed and ready for use;
  • On an existing computer or server which uses the Windows operating system.

 

The data can be displayed on:

  • Any of your company’s monitors (or a smartphone);
  • An all-in-one device (screen + computer) with Merlin pre-installed (for example, an on-board device).

Depending on your needs and the operating mode you choose, Merlin Connect can be installed with two different solutions:

  • On a device provided by us with the software pre-installed and ready for use;
  • On an existing computer or server which uses the Windows operating system.

The data can be displayed on:

  • Any of your company’s monitors (or a smartphone);
  • An all-in-one device (screen + computer) with Merlin pre-installed (for example, an on-board device).
CLOUD INTERFACE (1)ERP SYSTEM (2)STAND-ALONE (3)
MERLIN DEVICE

(with pre-installed software)

PC/SERVER WINDOWS

(pre-existing)

MONITOR

(pre-existing)

ALL-IN-ONE MERLIN

(Merlin Device+Monitor)

CLOUD

READY TO USE

VERSATILE

FLEXIBLE

.FAQs

Merlin Connect is compatible with a variety of technologies: the only feature it needs for integration is that the machine is able to exchange data with external systems.

Whatever you want. Every machine transmits different data depending on its features and functions. You choose the data you want to display based on your objectives and the information you need (timing, errors, number of parts produced, etc.).

No, Merlin Connect can also be used in ‘own monitor mode’ (#1): thanks to its modern, intuitive interface, you can consult the data extracted from your machines and perform all related operations.

No, Merlin Connect can be connected to any management system, adapting to its technology (web service, FTP, .csv files, .xls files, intermediate database tables, etc.).

Merlin Connect is ready to use: as it is a cloud service, the software can be installed remotely without technicians having to visit your company.

This means you can use Merlin Connect wherever you are and, should you need assistance, there are no travel costs.

Merlin Connect can be up and running within a few days or hours even (depending on the type of installation), after configuring the connection according to the technology supported by the machinery (CNC, PLC, etc.).

Obviously, this excludes the time required for project analysis (requirements, functions, operating mode, etc.).

No, you don’t need any additional hardware. Being a cloud-based service, there is no need to purchase a server to host it or any other equipment. All you need is a PC which uses the Windows operating system and is connected to the company’s network.

.RESULTS: SOME EXAMPLES

Merlin Connect has been chosen by both large and small companies which operate in the food, eyewear, carpentry, mechanical and plastics processing, door and window manufacturing, chemical/pharmaceutical sectors. Thanks to Merlin Connect, these companies have successfully developed important Industry 4.0 projects. Here are some examples:

EYEWEAR

  • Machiney: Syrus 1350 ophthalmic coating plant

  • Project: data are transmitted, via Merlin Connect, from the machine to the ERP management system which organises and makes them available to staff
  • Results: better management of workloads, timely troubleshooting, greater control over work progress, more efficient order organisation

LOGISTICS

  • Machinery: Modula automated warehouses

  • Project: : interconnection between the automated warehouses and the ERP management system to improve synchronisation between the virtual warehouse (Modula) and the actual stock.
  • Results: eliminazione discordanze tra magazzino virtuale e fisico e delle differenze di giacenza, miglioramento dei flussi logistici, gestione globale del magazzino più efficiente.

FOOD SECTOR

  • Machinery: Angelo Po professional catering oven
  • Project: two-way interconnection. Data received: on/off times, cooking times, temperature and energy consumption. Commands sent: timer, on/off times.
  • Results: remote control of the oven, monitoring of functional parameters, optimised development of new recipes and analysis of energy consumption

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CARPENTRY

  • Machinery: Easy Jet 7.14, CNC machining centre for woodworking and woodcarving

  • Project: Merlin Connect reads the file containing the number of parts produced and the production times, making it available to staff for consultation and analysis
  • Results: more efficient scheduling of workloads and delivery times, optimisation of staff activity

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DOORS AND WINDOWS

  • Machinery: Mecal SW 453 Argus double mitre saw for aluminium and PVC

  • Project: the company sends information to the machine via Merlin Connect in order to cut the material. The software records the processing data and transmits them to staff
  • Results: more accurate data on production costs, definition of working time, better organisation of deliveries, leaner operations

Merlin Connect has been installed on:

  • Ovens

  • Industrial washing machines

  • Cold rooms

  • Mitre saws

  • Capping machines

  • Vacuum packaging machines

  • Chamber packaging machines

  • CNC for metal and sheet metal

  • CNC for wood and aluminium

  • CNC for plastic and PVC

  • Corking machines

  • Labelling machines

  • Automatic dispensers

  • Milling machines

  • Shrink tunnels

  • Presses and compressors

  • Automated warehouses

  • Lens-cutting machining centre

  • Bending machines

  • Ice cream makers

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USERS

722

INTERCONNECTED MACHINES

.WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU?

Merlin Connect was developed to meet the needs of different sectors. We know it inside out, which is why we are able to integrate it into a wide variety of Industry 4.0 projects, adapting it to specific conditions and machinery.

Would you like to develop an Industry 4.0 project?

We are at your disposal to show you all the features of the software: we listen to your needs, answer your questions and provide technical assistance from the design phase to after-sales. If you think Merlin Connect is right for you, or would like more information, please contact us by completing the form below.

Thanks to Merlin Connect, you can now give your customers complete packages, offering dedicated integration software with the machines you sell.

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