Systems & Software
Because the CNCs on this shop’s largest five-axis machining centers accept vector coordinates as program input instead of traditional G codes, critical jobs can be shifted readily from machine to machine.
An MTConnect-enabled monitoring system gives this shop a clear and simple picture of machine tool usage.
Introduced at IMTS 2008, this communications protocol for CNC machines and other manufacturing equipment is already helping shops and plants implement effective machine monitoring systems. Although these "early adopters" are motivated by the long-term promise of enterprise-wide efficiency gains, their experience with pilot projects shows that benefits derived in the short term are substantial and worthwhile.
Heidenhain offers a version of its RCN series absolute angle encoders with built-in functional safety components that enable machine shut-off in case of a malfunction.
Available from Heidenhain, Leine & Linde’s Model 862 rotary encoder with Profibus DP supports condition monitoring systems for use in the steel, wind power and other industries.
Available from Renishaw, RLS’s AksIM true-absolute magnetic rotary encoder is designed for embedded OEM motion-control applications.
Siemens’ Sinumerik 808D Advanced CNC offers a range of design features said to improve the accuracy, surface finish, safety and communication of the control for basic milling and turning machines.
DMG Mori offers its CELOS control to simplify and accelerate the manufacturing process with a smartphone-like design.