Touchscreen HMI Simplifies Machine Monitoring
FANUC America’s iHMI (Intelligent Human Machine Interface) is designed to provide a simpler, more efficient and intuitive way to interact with the company’s 30i/31i/32i-Model B CNCs.
FANUC America’s iHMI (Intelligent Human Machine Interface) is designed to provide a simpler, more efficient and intuitive way to interact with the company’s 30i/31i/32i-Model B CNCs. The iHMI features a flat-panel touchscreen display and a highly graphical, straightforward navigation. It also incorporates a suite of new tools and features designed to improve ease of use and operational efficiency while bringing more control to the shop floor.
The Cycle Time Estimation function can quickly and easily process programs created in CAD/CAM software and provide an estimated cycle time that is accurate to within 5 percent, the company says. Accurate estimates help operators to plan better, leading to greater overall efficiency.
The Servo Viewer lets the operator monitor key machine tool operations data in waveform display without an external PC. Information on servo performance, spindle performance, CNC data and PMC signal can help operators reduce cycle times by optimizing cutting conditions and machining programs.
The Maintenance Manager proactively monitors control components such as servo amps and CNC fans to identify potential issues before they occur. The iHMI offers a manual to guide operators through repair or replacement procedures.
Other new functions include a Data Management tool for logging operational data for use in other iHMI applications and sharing via MT Link; a Tool Manager for maintaining data on tool usage and life expectancy; an intuitive and simplified CNC operation screen; conversational programming; machining simulation; and more.
It is common to machine several identical workpiece attributes from within a single program. Consider the four identical circular counter-bored holes that must be milled in the workpiece shown in Figure 1.
This concept examines the sequences of operation of a CNC machine by way of reference material related to key operational procedures.
This perspective for a good programmer is a practical one, since the CNC operator must understand the machine's basic components, its directions of motion, and all buttons and switches available on the machine tool itself.