To improve efficiency and remote management on the CNC shop floor, industrial networking is required from both device level and infrastructure level. Implementing an industrial serial device server can replace the front-end PC, eliminate manual monitoring processes, and provide remote management. A Virtual COM Driver, provided with most serial device servers today, can provide continued use of existing application software found on the shop floor.
For network infrastructure, there are two types of connectivity solutions: hardwiring or wireless. A hardwired setup can incorporate network redundancy through a ring topology to ensure that connectivity and data will not be lost. A wireless setup can be beneficial if the locations of the machines require relocation regularly.