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Renishaw’s Productivity+ version 1.90 integrates measurement and process control functionality into CNC machining programs. The software solution eliminates manual addition of probing cycles into G code. Instead, it uses “point and click” feature selection from imported solid models within an interface that is familiar to existing CAM users, the company says.
The software uses on-machine measurement to control the manufacturing process. It builds on existing functionality and flexibility by adding more features for constructed statements, enhanced multi-axis capability, improved reporting capability and more custom macro functionality.
The constructed statements functionality, which allows virtual features to be created from existing measurement data, is complemented by the addition of a new constructed line element. Together, these constructed statements (point, circle, plane and line), are suited for complex job setup operations.
Multi-axis capability and support for machine-specific commands, such as Fanuc G68.2 and Siemens Cycle800, provide programming support for knuckle-jointed (nutating) table and five-axis head/table machine configurations, as well as standard three-axis machines and multi-axis machines with table/table configurations.
The reporting functionality, which incorporates details such as feature name, type and an optional in/out of tolerance check, produces reports in a consistent format for all supported controller models.
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