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Controls CNC Standard Package for Machine Tool Manufacturing New Features Added to Control Software Hurco has announced that all of the new “i” series Hurco machines will include the integrated Hurco control with WinMax9 software. According to the company, new features of the WinMax9 include: • DXF scaling: Lets the machine operator Continued on Page 35 B&R’s CNC standard package helps machine tool manufacturers quickly implement automation tasks. B&R Industrial Automaton now offers standardized system modules for CNC machines. This, according to the company, allows users to utilize the CNC standard package and profit from functions that are found on all CNC machines. “Consisting of hardware components, all necessary software functions and the available simulation options, the software package makes it possible to shorten development times and quickly implement automation processes,” said a company spokesper-son. CNC Functions The package offers complete inte-gration of CNC, PLC and motion con-trol in one controller. “Users can take advantage of all basic functions for op-eration, configuration and diagnostics of the entire system, and in particular all the axes and CNC channels,” said the spokesperson. “This standard CNC package not only gives customers a quick start, it also gives them complete freedom to implement their innova-tions without the control system Continued on Page 33 Laser Cutting Machine Features Custom CNC Customized CNC technology from NUM is helping laser cutting machine manufacturer Favor Laser (New Taipei City, Taiwan) to accelerate product de-velopment and address new markets. Using hardware and software de-signed by NUM, the Taiwanese com-pany has developed a high precision laser cutter that is capable of produc-ing very small or very large parts from sheet metal with a feed rate of up to 60 meters per minute. All Favor Laser machines are based on a flying optics system, where the metal sheet that is being cut is Continued on Page 33 For more information on Controls Visit www.mfgnewsweb.com CNC Operator Panel for Advanced Machine Tool Applications The XO laser cutting machine’s versatility makes it useful for high volume production of intricate precision components. Siemens’ OP 019 CNC operator panel is designed to provide seamless design integration to the Sinumerik Operate graphical user interface and Sinumerik 840D sl CNC for use on high-end milling, turning, grinding, laser cutting and other machine tools. Continued on Page 37 32 June 2013 • WEST MANUFACTURING NEWS • www.mfgnewsweb.com
CNC Standard Package For Machine Tool Manufacturing
B&R Industrial Automaton now offers standardized system modules for CNC machines. This, according to the company, allows users to utilize the CNC standard package and profit from functions that are found on all CNC machines. “Consisting of hardware components, all necessary software functions and the available simulation options, the software packagemakes it possible to shorten development times and quickly implement automation processes,” said a company spokesperson.
The package offers complete integration of CNC, PLC and motion control in one controller. “Users can take advantage of all basic functions for operation, configuration and diagnostics of the entire system, and in particular all the axes and CNC channels,” said the spokesperson. “This standard CNC package not only gives customers a quick start, it also gives them complete freedom to implement their innovations without the control system manufacturer having to provide custom programming.
“Interpolation times are in the microsecond range with full synchronization between the individual control programs. POWERLINK real-time communication helps ensure that the CNC axes and also all drive and I/O peripherals are synchronized to the interpolation clock and position controller cycle with accuracies in the nanosecond range.”
System functions can be accessed in the Visual Components software.The preprogrammed visualization components include both classic components, such as parameter settings and movement program operation, as well as tools such as simulation, logging and process diagnostics.
CNC Operator Panel
The heart of the CNC package is a 15” panel in portrait format, based on a Power Panel 400 with additional integrated operating elements. Programmable function and navigation keys control the visualization system, and a navigation wheel can also be used for input elements on all pages of the visualization application. Six preset page selection keys provide access to the main pages.
The CNC panel features a handheld device, making it possible for the machine operator to move freely around the machine. Machine processes can be controlled using a handwheel and additional operating elements.
For more information contact:
B&R Industrial Automation Corp.
Roswell, GA 30076
Laser Cutting Machine Features Custom CNC
Customized CNC technology from NUM is helping laser cutting machine manufacturer Favor Laser (NewTaipei City, Taiwan) to accelerate product development and address new markets.Using hardware and software designed by NUM, the Taiwanese company has developed a high precision laser cutter that is capable of producing very small or very large parts from sheet metal with a feed rate of up to 60 meters per minute.
All Favor Laser machines are based on a flying optics system, where the metal sheet that is being cut is supported on a stationary table and the cutting head, which directs the laser beam, ismoved horizontally above the surface of the sheet. “This approach has several significant advantages over machines that move the workpiece beneath a static laser beam,” said a company spokesperson. “The cutting head has a low and constant mass which facilitates fast and precise positioning, whereasmoving theworkpiece -which changes mass throughout the cutting process - is slower andmore difficult to achieve, demanding complex and expensive motion control systems to maintain cutting accuracy. As well as improving machine throughput and productivity, when cutting thin material the faster cutting speed of flying optic laser cutters helps prevent heat build-up from deforming the workpiece.”
Favor Laser’s new XO high performance laser cutter is a 4-axis machine, but uses two motors for the X-axis. Horizontal positioning of the cutting head is handled by the X and Y axes, while the Z-axis controls the height of the head above the surface of the workpiece and the fourth (U) axis is used for loading and unloading material.Patented adaptive optics compensate for the length of laser beam, which varies depending on the position of the cutting head relative to the laser oscillator. A high-speed servo is used for the Z-axis. The gap between the cutting head and workpiece is continually monitored and adjusted to maintain beam focus and maximize cutting efficiency.
Favor Laser uses NUM’s Flexium 68 CNC system for its new XO machine.The CNC was chosen for both hardware and software reasons: Flexium 68’s motion control hardware closely matched the control required for this type of machine, plus it included built-in configuration flexibility for future enhancements and offered software functionality that would simplify application programming. “In particular, the Dynamic Operator (DO) function,which is unique toNUM,was judged ideal for the program that dynamically controls the gap between the cutting head and the workpiece,” said the spokesperson. “By using fast calculation and communication facilities, the DO function enables event-driven machine cycles to be integrated into the real-time CNC kernel.”
Favor Laser also sought a CNC systems supplier that was prepared to actively participate in development of the XO laser cutter. According to the company’s General Manager, Mr. Lai, “After choosing theNUMCNC system on economic and technical grounds,we were delighted to discover that NUM Taiwan had the engineering expertise and resources, and above all the willingness, to assist us at every stage of design. Thanks to their help, which included developing custom hardware and CNC software, we have been able to bring our new XO high performance laser cutter to market on time and on budget. As a result of reduced development and build costs we have gained an enormous competitive advantage.Our machine is likely to be priced about 20-30% below that of comparable machines from Japanese and German manufacturers.”
All motion control elements of the XO laser cutter are supplied by NUM.In addition to the motors, drives and Flexium 68 CNC kernel, the machine uses NUM Ethercat I/O terminals and a dual-processor Flexium FS152i operator panel with a 15” flat screen and hard drive running theWindows operating system. The custom human-machine interface (HMI) was developed entirely by NUM Taiwan and is designed to be intuitive and easy to use.Currently available in English as well as traditional and simplified Chinese, the HMI can be adapted to other languages to support international sales.It makes use of graphics - including visualization of the workpiece and cutting course - to simplify machine operation and minimize training needs.
The XO laser cutter uses NUM brushless servomotors and NUMDrive C servodrives exclusively. To help ensure smooth operation, high inertia BPG series motors are employed for the main X, Y and U positioning axes (the X-axis uses two motors) while the Z-axis is fitted with a medium inertia BPX series model equipped with a holding brake. The X, Y and Z axes are fully interpolated to help provide smooth and continuous control of the cutting head’s position and height above the workpiece. The Z-axis has a working range of 100 mm, while the X and Y axes have working lengths of 3 and 1.5meters, respectively. “This large working area, combined with an XY positioning accuracy of ±0.01 mm, makes the XO a versatile machine that is equally capable of precision cutting ofmultiple small parts or the cutting of large parts from a single sheet of metal,” said the spokesperson.
A choice of CO2 laser oscillators with power outputs of 3.3, 4 and 6 kW allows machine performance to be matched to the workpiece material to provide cutting feed rates as high as 60 meters/minute. The machine can also perform a number of specialist metal fabrication functions including micro welding and micro joining.
“During any laser cutting process, the operating conditions can change abruptly, demanding quick adjustment of a large number of parameters to ensure consistent performance,” said a company spokesperson. “Controlling the power output of the laser oscillator is a design challenge and requires fast and stable communication facilities. To meet these demands, NUMTaiwan developed a pulse train control card for the CO2 laser oscillator in the XO machine.Implemented entirely into the hardware (the use of software would impose unacceptable timing restrictions), the card translates duty cycle and frequency control signals, which are optically coupled to the oscillator to minimize transmission delay. It is suitable for use with many commercial laser oscillators and can be adjusted for any laser power output from 1 to 10 kW in 1 kW steps. NUM intends on adding the card to its product line in the near future, making it available to other cutting machine manufacturers.
“The performance of NUM’s CNC products and the responsiveness of NUM Taiwan has caused Favor Laser to completely re-evaluate its machine control strategy. As well as making exclusive use ofNUMhardware and software for its new XO machine, the company intends to migrate all of its existing product lines over to NUM’s CNC technology. This will involve equipping its range of low cost laser cutters with Flexium 6 or Flexium 8 CNC systems. Although these machines will be produced at Favor Laser’s manufacturing plant in China, all CNC support will be provided by NUM Taiwan.”
For more information contact:
603 East Diehl Road, Suite 115
Naperville, IL 60563
Favor Laser Inc.
New Features Added To Control Software
Hurco has announced that all of the new“i” series Hurcomachineswill include the integrated Hurco control with WinMax9 software.
According to the company, new features of the WinMax9 include:
• DXF scaling: Lets themachine operator scale DXF drawings to actual size - no need to go back to the CAD system or redraw them.
• FastDraw graphics engine: The new engine within the Hurco control that runs the verification graphics is almost seven times faster.
• Font magnification (NC only): Lets the machine operator increase the size of any installed font for easier reading.
• Mill frame with enhanced corner geometry: Lets the machine operator define the type of corner, the angle, the length and/or the radius.
• Multiple options to store tool probing results: Lets the machine operator store results in the conversational field, G-code length/radius offset tables or both.
• Programedit lockout: Gives the shop owner or foreman complete control to set the level of access for programs and parameters, including full lockout or partial lockout.
• Roughing stock allowance: Lets the machine operator specify stock allowance with or without a finishing operation. If the Z finish allowance is zero, only the walls will be finished.
• Stick lettering: Mill letters and numbers in quick tool centerline tool path.Orient the letters at any angle and wrap about a cylinder.
• Tool life management: Messages appear in real time when a tool has reached its maximum cutting time.
• UltiMotion: Patented motion control system designed to simultaneously reduce cycle time by more than 30 percent and improve surface finish quality.
• TrueType fonts along a contour: Lets themachine operator specify a contour to which the lettering blocks will be swept along.
• WinMax desktop complete: Has the ability to simulate both the single screen and the dual screen control. Simulates multiple machine modes, including Dry Run, Auto Run, Manual Mode and Recovery Restart.
• Z offset shift: Lets the machine operator shift the Z offset without modifying the original PartZ Work Coordinate setting.
For more information contact:
Hurco Companies, Inc.
P.O. Box 68180
Indianapolis, IN 46268
AZ, SE NV
D & R Machinery Exchange, LLC
5020 S. Ash Ave. Ste. 105
Tempe, AZ 85282
Foothills Machinery Sales
6855 West 116th Avenue
Broomfield, CO 80020
Rosco Precision Machinery, LLC
4114 B Place NW, Unit 105
Morrison Machine Tool Group
27240 Turnberry Ln., Ste. 200
CA (San Jose/South Bay)
Western Machine Center, Inc.
19630 Hicks Rd.
Los Gatos, CA95032
N. CA, N. NV
Henry Servin & Sons
2185 Ronald St.
Santa Clara, CA95050
UT, ID, MT
Indianapolis, IN 46268
CNC Operator Panel For Advanced Machine Tool Applications
Siemens’ OP 019 CNC operator panel is designed to provide seamless design integration to the Sinumerik Operate graphical user interface and Sinumerik 840D sl CNC for use on high-end milling, turning, grinding, laser cutting and other machine tools.
Featuring touchscreen operation, this Sinumerik operator panel OP 019, now extended to include the Power Control Unit (PCU) 50.5, allows highspeed key actuation at the 19” glass front, which conforms to the IP66 protection rating. Another feature of the OP 019 design is the wide LEDs, which is intended to allow the operator to clearly visualize every key actuation no matterwhat the angle of vision, plus an integrated key lock that helps safeguard against operating errors. The operator panel is able to provide a basic machine display with three or four channels showing up to 13 axes. The display features 1,280 x 1,024 pixel resolution for enhanced detail viewing of digitized drawings.
Glass contact buttons located on the perimeter of the display panel are designed to provide easy and reliable functionality, even when the operator is wearing gloves. The OP 019 operator panel has a height of 15.75”. Parallel display of dual-channel or axis machine data is provided. OP 019 panels are designed to replace existing Sinumerik display panels in the field.
For more information contact:
Siemens Industry, Inc.
Drive Technologies -
390 Kent Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007