FANUC now enables CNC users to reference custom macro system variables by names in addition to hard-to-remember numbers. Here’s how.
While the mistakes listed here will not sound an alarm or cause a program to fail, they will cause confusion, wasted time and scrap parts.
There are some G-code commands you might want your operators to occasionally execute but not for every cycle. Consider these examples.
Modern CNCs enable transfer and backup of more than just machining programs.
There are several situations in which a CNC programmer must work with spindle probe results in the G-code program itself. Here are some strategies to consider.
Any time saved by skipping preparation for programming can be easily lost when the program makes it to the machine. Follow these steps to ensure success.
Streamline G-code programs created by CAM systems.
Here are two lesser-known ways to trigger the skip signal.
Priorities, processes and personnel are three things new engineers must understand about the shop floor.
These subjects are the building blocks of training newcomers on a specific CNC machine tool.
A blended-learning approach uses external resources to teach the basics, saving in-house training for company-specific issues.
External work offsets can be valuable because they let you shift the point of reference for fixture offset entries from the machine’s home position to a more logical one.
Like a sports team, your company can also benefit from a written plan.
Parameters tell the CNC every little detail about the specific machine tool being used, and how all CNC features and functions are to be utilized.
Not all maintenance tasks should be performed based on a calendar date. You can use a custom macro to monitor your machines.
Determine the optimal index position based on cutting tools’ current geometry offset settings.
A setup program can be used to test for overtravel issues before a workpiece is run, eliminating program verification delays.
Parametric programming provides three easy ways to access external data.
Put in the effort to eliminate machine-specific programming methods.
Properly evaluating machine tool capability requires understanding how the both user and the builder can influence precision.
Demand that all employees are constantly learning and staying up to date with the latest manufacturing technology.