Whether you want to increase your existing level of productivity, identify production bottlenecks or streamline workflow
CIMCO MDC-Max is the solution of choice
Production is not flowing as it should. You have problems keeping up with demand, too much waste, too much machine downtime, tooling costs are too high and you have no real idea what to change or where to start. Problems like these can be complicated and there are often many attributing factors. You may be forced to analyze your entire production process in order to know what causes a specific problem. Even then, you will have a snapshot of your production that takes hours or even days of work to create.

With CIMCO MDC-Max you get a full representation of your production. You will have real-time monitoring of your entire production operation and every second is recorded so you can easily examine the data and pinpoint bottlenecks. MDC-Max will provide information on the entire shop floor every second of the day allowing you to clearly identify and prioritize the changes needed.
CIMCO MDC-Max is a complete MDC solution that benefits 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.

CIMCO MDC-Max analyzes the data it collects and presents a variety of statistics and reports. This information can be directed to smartphones, tablets and TV-screens for real-time monitoring of your production. 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.
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. Operator event data is sent manually by machine operators. Using a smartphone, tablet, barcode scanner or PC an operator at a machine can send status information to CIMCO MDC-Max indicating specific events. Usually you want to collect downtime reasons such as Waiting for Setup, Waiting for Maintenance, Scrapped Part, Inspection, etc. CIMCO MDC-Max can be customized to collect specific information on any event.


The majority of companies only want to know if a particular machine is running and producing parts or if it is stopped. With a basic data collection setup MDC-Max can show the amount of time the machine has been in production and the amount of time allocated to downtime.

With the advanced data collection option MDC-Max can provide accurate reporting of machine tool efficiency on any job. MDC-Max can show the total percentage of downtime for each type of machine stoppage such as Tooling, Setup, Machine Maintenance, etc. This additional information is provided by the operator using a tablet or a barcode scanner. The operator uses the tablet or simply scans a barcode to indicate the downtime reason. This information can then be used to pinpoint exactly what is causing a loss of production.
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.

MDC-Max comes with built-in reports, but the true power lies in its ability to create customized reports. Visualize data as tables, pie or bar charts, add in production targets, work shifts, calculate key performance indicators such as OEE, MTBF, MTTR, and more. You can also generate event logs chronologically by operator, machine, and job to know exactly how each machine and operator is performing. MDC-Max supports dynamic reporting where data is updated in real-time. Machine status can be visualized as timelines or Gantt charts with status changes shown with different bar colors so you can see at a glance what is going on.
Cycle time per part (min, max and average)
Number of parts per shift/operator
Number of scrapped parts
Machine downtime
Scheduled maintenance
Unscheduled maintenance
Setup time per part
Operator effectiveness
Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
Mean time between failures (MTBF)
Mean time to repair (MTTR)
and many more...

One of the unique features of CIMCO MDC-Max is our Live Screen which provide a great status overview for every machine and can be displayed on large plasma or LCD screens. This Live Screen 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.

The Live Screen is normally displayed on large screens that are installed in convenient locations so that all personnel can easily see the status of each machine. However, it can also be displayed on smartphones, tablets, and touch screens using the MDC-Max Web Client and can thereby be viewed from anywhere there is an internet connection.

If machines are running unattended MDC-Max can even be configured to send an email and a text message to a stand-by operator's or supervisor's smartphone if a machine stops.

With the MDC-Max Web Client we have taken operator events to the next level. The web client can display your live screens and be customized to send any operator event you can think of. Machine status and operator events can be accessed directly in the web client interface making it extremely easy for operators to send downtime reasons for a specific machine.

The web client is optimized for even the smallest displays using responsive design techniques. This means you can access the same interface on smartphones, tablets, and PCs. Thereby the traditional operator screen at the machine has become mobile and can fit in every operator's pocket. This is not only convenient for the operator, but also a cost-efficient alternative to having client PCs or bar code readers installed at each machine.

CIMCO MDC-Max comes with full support for Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. Reports can be exported easily for further analysis in Excel. MDC-Max can even update your Excel spreadsheet automatically, so the latest data is always available.

CIMCO MDC-Max can also be integrated with most ERP/MPS systems on the market. This means you can have a completely integrated solution that can significantly reduce administrative tasks. Please contact us for more information about how CIMCO MDC-Max can be integrated with your software systems.

CIMCO MDC-Max can be fully integrated with CIMCO DNC-Max, CIMCO NC-Base and CIMCO MDM giving you a complete DNC, manufacturing data management, and machine data collection system from one supplier. CIMCO DNC-Max controls CNC program transfer to all of your machines.

Programs can be requested directly from the machine control - operators do not need to leave the control to download programs. A program that is changed and uploaded by the operator can automatically become the active version of the program while storing the previous version as a backup copy of the file or the uploaded file can be stored in a quarantine area. This offers the ability to track changes and revert to any previous version if necessary.

CIMCO NC-Base and CIMCO MDM are both full featured manufacturing data management systems that help you manage, control and securely store your manufacturing related data. While CIMCO NC-Base is ideal for handling your NC-programs and related documents, CIMCO MDM can be customized to handle any kind of data such as CAD/CAM programs and any related documents.
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 or using additional hardware. 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 Supported Machine Controls 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 the option below might be preferred.

If your machine does not support one of the monitoring interfaces signals can be acquired from the machine using an input device such as the MDC-Box or Moxa ioLogik device. These devices handle the connection between your machine and network and facilitate signal transmission, in the form of machine event data, to MDC-Max.

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The machine controls listed are just some of the many controls we support for direct connection. If your control is not listed please contact us for information about your specific machine and control. We are continuously adding support for additional machines.

Control Required interface Extent of data access
Fanuc FOCAS Full compatibility
Haas M-Net Full compatibility
Mazak MTConnect Full compatibility
Okuma MTConnect Full compatibility
Mitsubishi MTConnect Full compatibility
NUM MTConnect Full compatibility
Heidenhain DNC Opt #18 Full compatibility
Siemens (840D, 810D) Hardware adapter Most compatibility

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