Russian LO CNITI Develops Apple Watch App for CNC Tools

Aug 7, 2015 -- The Apple Company is famous around the world for its electronic devices: desktops, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones. In 2015, the Cupertino manufacturer presented the Apple Watch, a smart device capable of acting as a real personal assistant in its owner’s everyday life. It can be used for sports and fitness, communication via SMS and email, or to run a variety of tools from the App Store. When you think of trendy gadgets, you probably don’t think of machinery production.


The MonitoringCNC application makes it possible to monitor the operation of CNC machine tools without looking farther than your own wrist, from anywhere in the world with an iPhone and an internet connection

The LO CNITI Company (Saint Petersburg, Russia), a pioneering developer of automated control solutions for computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools, considers smart accessories one of the most promising areas of the electronics market, and is celebrating the launch of the Apple Watch in Russia with a demonstration of the world’s first native Apple Watch application designed to provide real time information about the operation of a set of machine tools.


The Apple Watch screens displaying event sorting selection (left) and data about the operator and current task of a particular machine (right)

When the program is launched, the watch displays a list of accessible equipment that the user can scroll through with a finger or the Digital Crown. The user sees the number and designation of each machine tool, and can tap the color-coded box that indicates the current status of a particular tool (cycle, accident, adjustment, etc.) to reach a screen that displays further information about the operator and the task the tool is handling.

Pressing more firmly on the display switches the application to event sorting selection mode. For example, if the user presses the “ALARM” button, the machines with active ALARM signals will appear at the top of the list.


The main screens of the Apple Watch with the monitoring application icon (left) and the event list display (right)

In this way, the foreman of a particular production unit or the manager of an enterprise interested in centralizing monitoring of equipment and personnel can now access the necessary information without looking farther than their own wrist, from anywhere in the world, with an iPhone and an internet connection.

HomeScreen_2xAndrey Lovygin, director of CJSC LO CNITI commented on the release of the new application as follows, “Our company strives to be not only a successful developer and provider of solutions for monitoring industrial equipment, but also be ahead of the curve by offering innovative solutions whenever possible. This project was completed with the help of the Tomsk-based Rubius Company, which has been our technological partner for the creation of mobile applications before. In future versions of MonitoringCNC, users will be able to view technological information from a CNC machine tool’s systems, such as spindle speed, feed rate, or the current coordinates. The Apple Watch application will be in high demand among the owners of small production facilities, which are already taking advantage of our mobile monitoring systems based on tablets and iOS and Google Android smartphones.”


The new application is already available from the App Store for all users of the Foreman hardware and software suite. More detailed information about the product is available on the site:

The Foreman hardware and software suite

The Foreman hardware and software suite automates the process of monitoring production equipment and personnel, enabling enterprise managers to receive prompt analytical information about the efficiency of CNC machines in the shop. More than 50 Russian enterprises use Foreman to monitor and improve the efficiency of their production processes. Further information is available online

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