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Modal Custom Macros

These commands can fully emulate canned cycles to perform repetitive CNC machine operations like hole making.
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Merging Subprograms with Canned Cycles

This can ease programming of redundant commands in hole-making operations.
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Lean and Six Sigma: Synergy at Work

Greater benefits can be achieved by using these two concepts together.
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Variables in Custom Macro

Choosing the appropriate type of parametric programming variable is especially important in complex applications.
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Prevention vs. Correction

These three points about service and maintenance can help ensure that production time is actually productive.
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Overcoming Common Operator Misconceptions

Find out what methods your CNC operators are using and make sure they are the best practices for the job.
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Accessing Parameter Values from within Programs

A new parameter reading function gives CNC programs more intelligence, enabling them to behave as you need them to.
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Documenting within CNC

Including messages directly in the program can help operators run it accurately.
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Monitoring Spindle-On Time

Custom macro can help you easily track a CNC machine’s productivity.
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Custom Macro Enhancements

This parametric programming version hasn’t changed much over the years, but there have been some important updates.
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Reducing a CNC’s Least Input Increment Value

If you work in the imperial (inch) measurement system, reducing the least input increment can help you hold size for workpiece attributes with small tolerances.
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G Code Basics

Here are five program-related tasks every operator should know.
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Tool Life Management

A custom-macro-based system can predict when a tool will become dull.
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Offset Specification with Cutter Compensation

Whether it’s based on the cutter’s radius or diameter, compensation means a range of cutter sizes can be used, and it allows for sizing adjustments.
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Taking Advantage of G-Code Grouping

These preparatory functions make sure your CNC machine does what you want it to do.
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Parameters Can Make Things Interesting

These function settings can cause identical machines with identical controls to behave differently.
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Have it Your Way

Confirming initialized conditions ensures that programs will run as expected.
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Machining Complex Shapes

Update your methods to reap the benefits afforded by newer machines.
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Refining Tool Length Compensation Usage

Some methods enable offset values to be determined offline.
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A Path to Better Productivity

This simple blueprint outlines all that’s needed to boost CNC machine output.
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