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Easy-to-Use Software Package Automates Touch Probing

Developed to support both Fanuc and Siemens CNC systems, Marposs Corp.’s software package improves machining operations by automating measurement processes and reporting for the company’s optical and radio touch probes.

Marposs Corp.’s CNC probing recorder software package is an automatic measurement and reporting system for process control in machining operations. It’s compatible with the company’s Mida arms for setting tools and performing wear and integrity checks on them inside lathes or turning centers irrespective of size.

The CNC probing recorder software package from Marposs Corp. (Auburn Hills, MI) is an automatic measurement, report, and process control acquisition system for statistically analyzing measurement results using the company’s optical and radio touch probes.

The software’s intuitive design, guided measurement-process creation routine, and automatic results acquisition enable even inexperienced operators to prevent production of low-quality workpieces. It was developed to be used with Microsoft Excel and supports both Fanuc and Siemens CNC systems, providing interface with the machine tool via an Ethernet connection.

Guided measurement process creation. The probing recorder selects the corresponding set of available workpiece measurement cycles according to the machine it’s operating. Once the number of measurement processes to run is defined, nominal value, tolerance margins, cycle type, and desired result is entered via the edit masks. The recorder automatically suggests the name/number of the program to be activated in the cutting program on which the data-collection cycle will be run.

Automatic measurement acquisition. The probing recorder automatically enters measurement results in the cells corresponding to workpiece number, batch number, and number of the process in progress, creating a report showing the trends of individual measurements over time.

Reports and statistics. Data can be saved automatically and exported in Q-DAS ASCII transfer format so it can be processed in the future using software for statistical calculations. Data can be recalled at any time and a report generated for workpiece or measurement type, including statistical data.

Additional benefits include:

  • Graphic result reports that are intuitive and easy to consult.
  • Color-based identification for rapid analysis of good and reject items.


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