CNC Software Eases Use with Predefined “Function Toolkits”

Through its Open Core design, Rexroth’s IndraMotion MTX CNC system enhances PLC programming efficiency and flexibility by providing open standards, software tools, interface technology and mobile device compatibility.

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Through its Open Core design, Rexroth’s IndraMotion MTX CNC system enhances PLC programming efficiency and flexibility by providing open standards, software tools, interface technology and mobile device compatibility. For ease of use, the CNC’s software comes with predefined function toolkits. For example, with the “vcp” function toolkit for volumetric error compensation, the CNC automatically compensates for mechanical inaccuracies in the entire machining area. The three-dimensional compensation of deviations in position, straightness, rotation and perpendicularity is said to be especially useful in the case of large-volume components because errors outside of the margins can be costly. The necessary compensation values are recorded with a laser interferometer and saved in tables that the control system offsets in the process without performance losses.

The software’s “encrypt” function toolkit enables protection of user programs from unauthorized third-party access. Users can select and run encrypted programs on the machine, and the program code is saved on the control in an unreadable format. It is also possible to bind the encryption to a specific piece of control hardware so that encrypted programs can then run only on that one machine. No interventions in parameters or software are necessary, providing machine users with a global production network an efficient way to protect intellectual property.

For greater energy efficiency, the integrated “cta/ega” software assistant analyzes the duration and energy consumption of each machine movement. This database then enables programmers to optimize motion control to increase energy efficiency while maintaining maximum productivity. In addition, IndraMotion MTX offers options for increasing economic efficiency and uptime with integrated safety technology options.