AddUp, Clermont-Ferrand, France, has launched a multi-scale monitoring software: AddUp Dashboards™. The software is available with all of the company’s Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) and BeAM Directed Energy Deposition (DED) Additive Manufacturing machines.
AddUp Dashboards displays data for eighty process parameters including oxygen level, humidity level, state of the lasers, forces measured in all moving components, consumption of powder, state of gas flow and more. Key Process Parameters are adapted depending on the nature of the machine connected, whether PBF or DED. This real-time data is refreshed at five seconds.
The software tracks data from every build and the historical data is available, allowing users can see a complete history of each machine, from how many builds have been completed all the way down to each individual layer for any given build. This historical data is said to be particularly useful as a tool to monitor machine health to keep the machine running at optimal performance.
The software is able to collect and displays data for an unlimited number of machines, regardless of physical location, and requires only a web browser to use. Data visualisation styles can be edited to meet the needs of multiple users. The software also includes an alert system that can be set to custom thresholds.
Dashboard receives data through MQTT and OPC-UA connections, making the software compatible across Industry 4.0 platforms.