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.
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.
These subjects are the building blocks of training newcomers on a specific CNC machine tool.
For the most part, CNC controls will follow the instructions given in a program to the letter. With the exception of basic syntax (program formatting) mistakes, the CNC control will rarely be able to tell if a mistake has been made.