This CNC feature imports a 3D solid model from which operators can perform conversational-type programming even for five-sided machining applications.
Some software capabilities go underutilized. One machine tool builder’s CNC software includes lesser-known apps that shops can leverage to their advantage.
IMTS Spark: Turnpwr, a control system from Heidenhain’s Acu-Rite brand, is designed for two-axis lathe machinists where manual and automated operation are needed.
IMTS Spark: The 8065 Quercus control system from Fagor Automation is a PC-based controller is adaptable to all modern web-based human-machine interfaces (HMIs).
There are some G-code commands you might want your operators to occasionally execute but not for every cycle. Consider these examples.
The new headquarters consolidates Heidenhain’s Fremont, California, technical support operation into the company’s expanded San Jose business center offices.
To complement the strengths of many of its larger machine tools, Tarus has added a Heidenhain CNC to benefit those manufacturers seeking high-quality contour surface milling capabilities.
A database guru combined off-the-shelf technology with an elaborate proprietary shop management software to drive efficiency throughout all areas of a machine shop.
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.
Faster wireless data transfer could bring new possibilities to machining processes. Modern Machine Shop’s "Data Matters" columnist Matt Danford talks about the manufacturing role for 5G.
The Acu-Rite 300-series digital readout (DRO), available from Heidenhain, now enables users to control sinker EDM machines.
The Gen 3 version of Heidenhain’s TNC 640 machine control is designed for three- to five-axis milling, turning and grinding operations with up to 24 axes.
The Work Cell Operations (WCO) domain for Fastems’ Manufacturing Management Software (MMS) includes manual production tasks, work cells, and standalone machines in the IT-supported planning, control and monitoring of production.
Cox Manufacturing’s commitment to standardization, from the parts it makes to its machine controls and apprenticeship program, is an important factor in its growth.
The machine tool monitoring that many CNC machining facilities are doing today could be a first step toward their use of machine learning. In this conversation, MMS’s “Data Matters” columnist Matt Danford speculates on the coming role of AI for refining machining processes.
Streamline G-code programs created by CAM systems.
Here are two lesser-known ways to trigger the skip signal.
GF Machining Solutions’ Spark Track technology for wire-cutting EDMs prevents wire breakage that occurs when cutting irregularly shaped workpiece features.