Heidenhain CNC is consistent with the aims of Industry 4.0
Germany / USA – Heidenhain’s TNC 640 CNC for machining centres and mill-turn centres is said to provide easy transfer of digital date from the machine to the CNC and vice versa.
According to the company, its functionality enables all participants in a paperless, order-handling environment that includes design, programming, simulation and production planning staff as well as for machinists on the shop floor, to communicate and exchange data smoothly.
Standard features of the control provide access to manufacturing process data through a CAD viewer, pdf viewer, image viewer and a built-in web browser. Operation of web-based documentation software or ERP systems is also possible, as is access to a user’s email inbox. Option 133, its remote desktop manager, the company explains, provides an expanded solution for integrating the TNC 640 into the process chain. A push of a button on the control keyboard switches on the control screen and the screen of a Windows PC.
This can be a computer on the local network or an industrial PC, for example, the Heidenhain IPC 6641 in the machine’s electric cabinet. This gives the machine operator direct connection from the control to all data handling systems in the process chain, including access to management systems, documentation and visualisation information, Heidenhain claims. Even CPU-intensive CAD/CAM tasks do not affect the machining performance.