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Manufacturing Data Collection (MDC) and Monitoring

CIMCO MDC-Max is the complete MDC solution that automatically gathers and processes manufacturing data from the shop floor in real-time. Easily generate reports and charts with automatic calculation of OEE, cycle time, idle time, setup time, downtime and more. MDC-Max features real-time machine monitoring with Live Screens and has a fully customizable Operator interface for entering downtime reasons directly at the machine.

MDC-Max can benefit the one man operation with a few machines and the corporate enterprise with multiple factories. The MDC-Max software is highly flexible and easily customized to fit your current and future data collection needs. Since MDC-Max is a networked solution that stores data on a central server you can monitor production from multiple locations and access the data from anywhere.

  • Automatic / manual data collection
  • Use existing network to monitor CNC machines, robots, PLCs and ATE test stands
  • Real-time monitoring
  • Real-time monitoring
  • Web Client for tablets and smartphones
  • Unlimited number of data collection events
  • Multiple plant support

When we talk about data what we actually mean is events. The first task when installing CIMCO MDC-Max is to consider what machine and operator events you want to collect information about.

Machine events can be collected automatically by CIMCO MDC-Max and most installations will include events such as Cycle Start, Cycle Stop, and Part Complete as a minimum. When these events occur at a machine CIMCO MDC-Max is automatically notified and data about the event is stored.

In CIMCO MDC-Max data is structured and visualized as reports. You can setup MDC-Max to generate both real-time and historic reports based on the data collected. MDC-Max features a modern tabbed interface where each open report is shown in a separate tap. This maximizes screen space for each report while allowing many reports to be open and updating in the background.

Real-time Monitoring

One of the unique features of CIMCO MDC-Max is the Live Screen feature which provide a great status overview for every machine and can be displayed on large plasma or LCD screens. Live Screens can be configured to show a list of all machines and their current status. Further, data such as machine name, job name, part count, running time, downtime, etc. can be associated with each machine to provide a complete overview.

Live Screens are normally displayed on large TV screens that are installed in convenient locations so that all personnel can easily see the status of each machine. However, Live Screens can also be displayed on smartphones, tablets, and touch screens using the MDC-Max Web Client and can thereby be viewed on any device with a browser and internet connection.

A new version of the Web Client is currently being developed. Read more about it here.

Control signaling units

CIMCO MDC-Max comes with support for controlling Tower Stack lights, Beacons, sound alarms and other signaling units that can be used for visual and audible feedback of machine state.

MDC-Max has a flexible approach to configuring and controlling signaling units. Status events can be sent automatically from machines or manually by Operators using the MDC-Max Web Client. In MDC-Max, events can be configured to turn on/off specific colors on a stack light or trigger a sound alarm. Mutliple machines can even control a shared stack light or other signaling unit.

A manual drill is out of coolant. The Operator presses the “Materials” button on the MDC-Max Operator screen running on a mounted tablet. The event is received by MDC-Max in an instant and the yellow color on the machine’s stack light is turned on. Further, a text message (SMS notification) is sent automatically to Maintenance for coolant refill.

Network Options

CIMCO MDC-Max can easily be added to your existing network supporting a variety of hardware options including serial wiring, Ethernet or a wireless networking. MDC-Max collects information from machines connected to your network either directly (direct connection) or using additional hardware (hardware connection). The data collection method depends on your specific type of machine and its monitoring capabilities.

If the machine you wish to monitor has one of the data collection interfaces available (see table below), a direct connection can be achieved by simply connecting an Ethernet cable to the machine. In this case no additional hardware is required beyond what might be needed for operator input (e.g. tablet). However, it can be costly to activate or install the monitoring feature if not enabled on a machine control and a Hardware connection might be preferred.


Below you can read or download all the documentation related to CIMCO MDC-Max, including user guides and brochures. Click on a language to expand the list of available documentation for that language.

Please see our Online Documentation for the latest user guides.

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CIMCO MDC-Max Configuration Manual CIMCO MDC-Max Brochure CIMCO Software Brochure
CIMCO MDC-Max Use Guide CIMCO Software Brochure (Low-res)