Verification Software Minimizes Air-Cutting Motions

Spring Technologies has enhanced the optimization capabilities of the OptiTool module of its NCSimul CNC verification software package for simulating, verifying, optimizing and reviewing machining programs.

Spring Technologies has enhanced the optimization capabilities of the OptiTool module of its NCSimul CNC verification software package for simulating, verifying, optimizing and reviewing machining programs. New capabilities include algorithms that transform working feed rates into rapid feed rates or specified maximum feed rates for approach and retract motions in both circular and linear toolpaths. Air cutting optimization mode enables users to reduce machining times by between 4 and 25 percent by minimizing air-cutting motions and optimizing entry and exit feed rates, resulting in savings on every part produced, even on existing programs. 

One-click implementation requires no alteration to the tool path or CAM system. The software is effective in standard CNC control languages, including FANUC, Heidenhain and Siemens. OptiTool also enables users to test different optimization strategies and provides graphic analysis comparing initial and optimized feed rates. This optimization can then be applied and repeated on every machined part currently in process, multiplying the gains.

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