Esprit CAM Captures the Spirit of Smart Manufacturing
DP Technology is helping factories prepare for the digital transformation in manufacturing, with solutions including digital twinning, digital threads, machine-aware manufacturing, knowledge-based machining and cloud-enabled databases.
To prepare factories for an increasingly digital future, and to better support Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing initiatives, DP Technology is focusing on the capabilities of the Esprit CAM System to drive automation in manufacturing. For example, this software enables users to create a “digital twin” of their machine tools for programming, optimization and simulation. According to the company, this virtual machine ensures that whatever happens on screen will also occur on the shop floor.
With Esprit, a digital thread ties together each step of the workflow from CAD design to finished part so that none of the manufacturing process is partitioned away from other shopfloor or front office functions.
“The goal is to eliminate silos,” says Vice President Don Davies.
He notes that the CAM system’s ProfitMilling and ProfitTurning “machine aware” apps represent what he calls a fundamental change in the way tool paths are created. Whereas most CAM software works from the shape of the part first and considers the machine last, if at all, Esprit first considers the machine tool—its axis positions and their limits, acceleration, and attainable and requested cutting speeds. Shorter cycle times, better surface finish and longer tool life are the results, he says.
Knowledge-based machining, the term for artificial intelligence built directly into a CAM system, is another smart manufacturing capability. Davies says it makes it possible to capture shop-proven practices that obtain optimum machining cycles, tool selection and cutting conditions. In addition, as shops move to data-driven manufacturing, integration with cloud-based databases (such as MachiningCloud) further facilitates access to knowledge, product data, resources and process controls for machines, cutting tools and workholding. Because information is stored in the cloud, it is always up to date, available on demand and can be accessed anywhere, Davies says.