the enhanced chip control offered by the constant engage- ment cutting technology, pockets can be machined at full depth, he added, thereby eliminating the need for multiple peck cuts, and will also allow the part to be machined with air, and without the need for coolant in many cases. The Job List gives Hurco customers the ability to link

together a series of programs, to run in sequence, with or without operator intervention, Cope said. Hurco’s Stream Load feature allows extremely large programs to stream directly from the machine’s hard drive, without the need for DNC or drip-feeding to the control. While machinists all

look for ease of operation, programming flexibility is especially critical, noted Ryan Legg, product market- ing manager and Solution Partner manager, Siemens Industry Inc. “We are also starting to see a transforma- tion in the machine control HMI. Technology we have seen for a while in the con- sumer sector is migrating to the industrial sector, such as multi-gesture interfaces” common on cell phones. “We address these topics

at Siemens with our Sinumerik Operate user-friendly stan- dard HMI, as well as shop-floor programming flexibility with our ShopMill and ShopTurn shop-floor programming pack- ages,” Legg said. Features such as Animated Elements make programming and operation very intuitive, he said, by more easily visualizing the machin- ing process and being prompted to enter the appropriate machining variables. Heidenhain recently updated its RemoTools software

eters to spindle speed and feed rate. The RemoTools SDK works with standard programming languages, including C++ and Visual Basic.

OEM-developed CNCs Only a few CNCs are developed by machine tool builders specifically for their own machines, but those that do see distinct advantages over independent CNC developers’. “In one word, the answer is mechatronics,” Kosmala said. “To optimize your electro-mechanical ma- chine and control as a sys- tem, you have to engineer the electrical and mechani- cal in harmony. On a generic ‘vanilla’ control designed with the intent for use on a wide range of builders and machine types, it might be more difficult to achieve a similar optimization.” With Okuma’s mechatron-

The full line of Fagor Automation CNCs offers users the option of G-code or conversational programming modes.

ic approach, the company leverages and harmonizes the mechatronics of the machine tool and the control, Kosmala said. “That’s so core to who we are. With our Thermo- friendly concept, Okuma machines are designed to expand in the same plane, and our TAS [Thermal Active Stabilizers] in the spindle and throughout the machine allow us to see different hot spots and react to those readings accordingly.”

Using an OEM-built control offers huge advantages,

development kit (SDK) for users to add proprietary pro- tocols to their machines, adding functionality like that of MTConnect, said Julian Renz, TNC product special- ist, Heidenhain Corp. “MTConnect is a good tool, but it’s limited in terms of what you can extract from the tool,” he said, noting the firm’s proprietary tool lets users extract more data from the control, from PLC machine param-


Cope said. “Not only does this mean there is one source of accountability for service, it also provides the unique opportunity for interaction with the engineers who wrote the software, and who invented the control technology on your specific machine,” Cope said. “Over the years, the Hurco control has been improved by the direct feedback that we receive from our customers.” If a customer submits an enhancement request to make things easier for them, Hurco’s engineering staff will review the request, he said, and add it to a future build of the software. “This type of control enhancement just wouldn’t

Summer 2016

Photo courtesy Fagor Automation Corp.

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