Technologies and Enterasys Networks
Introduce the First
the Manufacturing Industry
ANAHEIM HILLS, CA & ROCHESTER, NH
— March 1st , 2002 – Ascendant Technologies Inc. and Enterasys
Networks Inc., a leader in enterprise networking solutions, today announced
WireFreeDNC™, the manufacturing industry’s first integrated single-port
wireless solution for shop floor communications.
Integrating Enterasys’ RoamAbout™ wireless LAN technology with
Ascendant’s eXtremeDNC™ communication software (Distributed/Direct Numerical
Control) to connect Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) equipment to the
engineering production network, WireFreeDNC™ delivers mobile connectivity
resulting in increased productivity and network availability.
The solution is available immediately from Ascendant Technologies, Inc.
and its respective dealers.
“The manufacturing environment places unique
demands on the communications infrastructure,” said Ray Wright, vice president
of Industry Solutions, Enterasys Networks.
“WireFreeDNC™ is the first solution of its kind to enhance mobile
shop floor communications and deliver increased efficiencies.
We are delighted to work with Ascendant to develop technologies that
answer the business needs of our clients.”
reliability to the classic RS-232 serial connection between computers and CNC
machine tools by removing the long runs of RS-232 cable and replacing them with
digital wireless TCP/IP connections,” said Roy Mandir, President of Ascendant
works by attaching the Enterasys RoamAbout Ethernet Adapter to a machine
tool’s serial (RS232) communications port and placing the RoamAbout Access
Point anywhere on the user’s wired network.
Customizing and combining the features of the wireless Ethernet adapter
into the software application produces a wire-free connection controlled from
within the eXtremeDNC server application. The
application communicates with CNC machines on the production floor to deliver
necessary control information to the tool when producing product.
WireFreeDNC provides a direct connection to every CNC machine in the
facility and eliminates the use of wired or wireless multi-port-serial hubs and
respective RS232 cables for establishing machine tool communications, while
simultaneously delivering the highest levels of network security and reliability
In addition, the mobile WireFreeDNC solution better
accommodates today’s dynamic manufacturing environment where operators
continually make changes to CNC machine tools to facilitate just-in-time (JIT)
manufacturing. These changes
require costly and labor-intensive rewiring and reprogramming.
Enabling mobile employees with convenient access to business-critical
information, such as scheduling, repairs and technical data, WireFreeDNC
enhances user efficiency and productivity.
Furthermore, the technology reduces time and eliminates expenses
associated with the movement and the placement of RS232 cabling for CNC machine
The system conforms to IEEE 802.11b high rate
specifications and can communicate up to 250 serial-enabled machines per Access
Point, which may be placed anywhere within a manufacturing facility.
Adding high-gain antennas on the RoamAbout Access Points enables
building-to-building communication and allows connections of up to 10 miles
(line of site) from the Access Point.
For more information on RoamAbout wireless
technology, please visit http://www.enterasys.com/roamabout/.
For more information on eXtremeDNC communication
software, please visit http://www.ascendtec.com/extremednc.html.
“Ascendant Technologies, Inc.”
Ascendant Technologies is a developer of leading
edge software applications for the manufacturing industry. Ascendant’s Open Architecture Designs promote integration
of industry standard software. This
approach promotes streamline applications and adherence to Standard Operating
Procedures. Ascendant is committed
to unsurpassed customer service and unparalleled technical support.
For more information about Ascendant Technologies,
please visit their web site at: http://www.ascendtec.com
or contact: Alexander Khayat, National Marketing Director at (800) 808-3791.
Enterasys Networks (NYSE: ETS) is a leading
worldwide provider of communications infrastructures for enterprise-class
customers. Enterasys’ networking
hardware and software offerings deliver the innovative security, availability
and mobility solutions required by Global 2000 organizations coupled with the
industry’s strongest service and support.
For more information, visit www.enterasys.com.