The Machine Tool Goes Digital

As digital and virtual simulation optimize its mechanical, control and networking capabilities, the machine tool of the future will be redefined as a functional node in the broader network of the Internet of Things.
Software: Articles

Welcome to the Internet of Things

The Intel® IoT Platform illustrates an end-to-end model of the foundation necessary for seamlessly and securely connecting devices, delivering data to the cloud, and delivering value through analytics. In the world of IoT, job shops, contract manufacturers and metal service centers will compete to make more money by being better at connecting data silos, processing data, communicating it and integrating everything together, all at once, into the faster delivery of better products.
On this playing field, anything that can be connected, will be connected. Those who can adapt to connecting will thrive. Those who can’t, well . . .

Big Data in Manufacturing: A Compass for Growth

Data is now all grown up, with new multi-dimensional capabilities and broader horizons. It serves like a compass, pointing the way for manufacturing growth. Shops must embrace Big Data in order to remain competitive. Those that make the most of the customer, product, and equipment data they capture, stand to improve their ability to innovate, please their customers, and bring more profitable products and services to market more quickly.
Big Data analytics is taking over manufacturing and providing a totally new dimension to the value of research and trend analysis. Instead of only reporting past activities, data now predicts future events, foresees risk and helps shops build and deliver not only better products, but a richer overall experience for their customers.

Analytics: The New Frontier in Manufacturing

In the Internet of Things, manufacturers must navigate through a complex landscape of challenges in order to provide unprecedented gains in agility, productivity, quality, responsiveness, risk mitigation, and economic value generation. Data analytics is the way to do this.
Data analytics is a key technology that is creating new frontier for manufacturers to uncover new insights that can speed their decision-making and improve their business performance.

How to Simplify Complex Geometry Tool Repair

By enabling the entry point of the grinding wheel to follow the corner radius of the cutting edge, the software now facilitates the grinding of a defined rake angle on complex body forms and on cutting edges which pass from the body of the tool to its tip – a task that was previously extremely difficult to achieve.
A new release of NUMROTO tool grinding software meets the growing challenges of grinding and servicing new generations of complex geometry drills and end mills.

Cut Curved Surfaces with Higher Accuracy, More Quickly

Super-NURBS controls high speed and high-quality CNC machining for faster roughing speeds and better surface finishes that eliminate hand finishing by completing parts on the machine tool.
Super-NURBS advanced programming functionality for CNC machining from Okuma is excellent for machining parts with high-accuracy requirements such as those for mold & die and aerospace/defense.

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Software: Industry News

Snap-On Plant Awarded for Continuous Improvement

The Milwaukee plant installed eNET Machine Monitoring on many of their machining cells. Utilizing the actual cycle time data they gathered, the shop was able to demonstrate how even a few second improvement in machine cycle time can significantly increase product output. (first view)
Their Milwaukee shop improved machining cycle times to increase output and win first place in Rapid Continuous Improvement.

System Insights Joins Partners in THINC

They provide cloud based and on-premise predictive analytics software for Smart Factory and Industry 4.0 that monitors, analyzes, and optimizes operational performance on the factory floor.

D3 Technologies Acquires PacifiCAD

D3 now serves the Central U.S., Gulf Coast, Mountain and Pacific Northwest regions with Autodesk Manufacturing and Process Plant solutions.


Software: Products

IMTS 2016: Controls & CAD-CAM

Booth E-3346: Version 8 of VERICUT CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software from CGTech simulates all types of CNC machining, including drilling and trimming of composite parts, water jet, riveting, robots, mill/turn and parallel kinematics. The software operates independently, but can also be integrated with leading CAM systems.
Here is the world of custom automation and the latest software that is needed to extract the maximum efficiency from your machine tool and optimize your plant operations with cost efficiency.

An Artillery of Software Automation Tools

Booth E-3240: Version 11 of Predator Software includes new solutions for machine monitoring, DNC communication, CNC program editing, document control, and tool management that will available soon. DataXchange Machine Monitoring from Scytec includes new OEE charts, views from their real time dashboard, multiple part time analysis reports, a shop floor layout view in the dashboard, and various equipment status comparison charts that analyze equipment utilization across a span of different days.
Shop Floor Automations will present new software releases for machine monitoring, DNC communication, CNC program editing, document control, and tool management.

Next Generation Safety Certified Robot Monitoring Software

With SafeMove2 software, the tools to facilitate collaboration between man and machine are a reality. If an operator needs to interact with the robot system, safety sensors can be incorporated into the robot cell to detect the person’s presence. After being detected, it will either supervise the robot’s speed or monitor it while it is standing still. Once the person clears the zone, the robot can resume operation. The end result is less down time and increased productivity.
SafeMove2 from ABB Robotics integrates safety features directly into the robot controller, such as cutting-edge safe speed limits, safe standstill monitoring, safe axis ranges and position, and orientation supervision.