The Yaskawa Compass graphical user interface tool from the Drives & Motion unit of Yaskawa America Inc. (Waukegan, IL) saves machine tool builders and experienced programmers time and effort.
The easy-to-customize HMI package for CNC applications integrates with existing computer code. Coupled with the MP3300iec motion controller, the CNC navigator provides preconfigured plug-ins for extruder, spindle, temperature control, stepper control, linear and rotary tool changer, and 2D path planning that users simply drop onto their screens. The plug-ins are developed in the C# programming language so machine builders and programmers can create and import their own plug-ins.
To supplement the use of Compass with MPiec controllers, the company added advanced motion control features to its MotionWorks IEC library. These include bed-leveling compensation, extruder pressure advance control, tangential control and ability to create custom G-codes and kinematics.
Compass is built around a column-based format and includes an extensive style library. As a result, tool builders can brand screens with company colors and graphics, include core machine attributes, and address customer needs with little programming requirements.
Yaskawa’s Drives & Motion division manufactures industrial automation equipment including low- and medium-voltage variable-speed drives, servo motors and amplifiers, machine controllers, spindle drives and motors, and low-voltage industrial switch products.
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