Multi Connect IMTS 2016 Press Release



The Multi Connect is latest in the Connect Series that combines a PLC, Wireless, Ethernet, Serial RS232 & MTConnect

La Mesa, CA (June 1, 2016) – Shop Floor Automations (SFA) is excited to announce the release of our latest tool in the Shop Floor Automations Connect Series at IMTS 2016 in Chicago, IL. The Multi Connect is a turnkey device, able to continuously monitor the machine’s operating state and other necessary data, while making this information readily available over a network connection using the industry standard MTConnect protocol. The Multi Connect is compatible with a wide range of machine monitoring software packages, including Scytec’s DataXchange, Predator’s Machine Data Collection, and more!

What originally required two different devices combined for the desired result, the Multi Connect replaces in one product! This “configure & go” hardware connects to a variety of equipment via built-in digital I/O, which can be overlaid on existing signals for monitoring cycle start, cycle stop, alarm, and status indictors, such as stack lights. These inputs support 10 to 30 VDC signals and may be configured to detect on/off/pulse type signals. The user can then map the data signals to the MTConnect standard data items.

Network access is provided by a wired Ethernet (100Base-TX) connection in addition to built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n). Additionally, for applications requiring DNC connectivity through serial (RS232/422/485), single- and dual- port models are available.

Small and compact, it is designed for direct machine mounting (DIN-rail mountable), packaged in compact and rugged metal chassis. The unit accepts 12 to 48 VDC input power, while all models are equipped with redundant power inputs to ensure uninterrupted operation for industrial applications.

Some features of the Multi Connect include MicroSD for configuration backup and wireless client function for flexible integration. Along with the all features mentioned, a reliability warranty also comes with this product and covers the hardware for 5 years.

The SFA Connect Series of products includes the USB Connect, Floppy Connect, LAN Connect, and Ethernet Connect. All of these products help enhance machine shops with automation tools that help make their operations more effective and efficient. The Multi Connect was developed in partnership with Moxa and is available from SFA.

The official debut of this device will take place September 12-17, Booth E-3240, at IMTS 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Shop Floor Automations exhibit is located in the East Building of McCormick Place at booth number E-3240. Pre-orders for the Multi Connect will be available at IMTS. More info about SFA and IMTS 2016 available at

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CORRECTION, as of 7/28/16: We will unfortunately not be able to take pre-orders for the Multi Connect at IMTS 2016. However, our sales team will be happy to provide more information, and you can sign up for our email subscription list here for more info on the device as it is release.