Confirm FOCAS is installed
FOCAS is an optional function. If it is installed, the setting screen will be available. The screen is located under the system hard key; followed by the continuous menu soft key several times.
Keep scrolling through the available softkeys until the [Embed Port] soft key is displayed. All of the available ethernet interfaces will be shown.
Of the three listed here, [Ether Board] is the best choice. It is an add on hardware board for Ethernet communication. Press the [Ether Board] soft key. If the [FOCAS2] softkey is now displayed, FOCAS is installed !!! Plug your Ethernet cable into the add on boards RJ45 plug.
If you didn’t find the [FOCAS2] softkey, then check to see if it exists under the [Embed Port] softkey. If it does, then connect your Ethernet cable into the RJ45 plug directly on the mainboard of the FS0iD contol. Setting FOCAS2 In order to set the FOCAS settings, we first need to be in MDI mode. Parameter Write Enable (PWE) is then enabled under the <OFS/SET> hard key [SETTING] softkey.
Once PWE is set the IP Address of the control is set by <SYSTEM>, [Ethe Board], [COMMON]. The IP address will be a fixed address assigned by the network administrator.
Finally the TCP Port number is set under the [FOCAS2] settings. This port is typically 8193, however, any valid TCP port number can be used.
If everything is set correctly the FANUC FS0iD CNC should be reachable from any computer on the same network. In Microsoft Windows, start a new command prompt and ping the CNC.
You are now ready to use FANUC FOCAS to read and write information to the CNC. Although the FOCAS drivers and libraries is a programming interface for C/C++ or Visual Basic, there are many available options that don’t require programming such as MTConnect and OPC converters to FOCAS.