MEX 2017 Intuitive operating control reduces workload and saves time in production
At MEX, Heidenhain will demonstrate how its TNC control can simplify the use of existing data in networked production and how its new, intuitive operational design can make the user’s work easier.
The next generation of the TNC 620 combines the advantages of the company's controls with the modern way of operation by tapping, swiping and dragging on its touchscreen. The combination of intuitive operation, context-sensitive user support and the operational design ensure reduced workload and saves time in production, the company says.
According to the company, the touchscreen is operated by gestures, similar to that of a smartphone or tablet PC. The user can move the programming and test graphics directly on the screen. The in and out zoom feature allows for the desired view of the component and to move or rotate the graphic with the fingertip. A quick and intuitive navigation is achieved with swiping movements through long lists, NC programs and tables.
The context-sensitive user interface of TNC 620 shows exactly the elements that the user needs at all working stages.
With the function Connected Machining, a uniformly digital order management in production is created. This function supports the networking of controls in the workshop to all areas within the company that accompany the production process.
With Remote Desktop Manager, the user can securely implement all data and information available in the company. This saves time, for example, when the operator can retrieve data required from CAD/CAM applications directly from the TNC control. He can also send feedback to all involved in the process, for example, on cutting data and feed settings subsequently changed in the workshop.
The DNC interface enables vertical process integration, which connects the TNC controls to the entire automated system or control centre system, for example, for configuring automatic feedback messages on active production processes. This increases transparency in manufacturing even with a batch size of one and supports timely order management.
The Adaptive Feed Control (AFC) in the Dynamic Efficiency package of functions increases cutting performance in heavy-duty machining and also improves process reliability because AFC recognises when the spindle load is too high and is therefore able to prevent damage to the tool and component alike.
The combination of the functions CTC for compensating dynamic position errors and for active vibration damping (AVD) comes close to meeting the contradictory demands for accuracy and speed. CTC and AVD in the Dynamic Precision package ensure efficiency when milling high-quality free forms. The combination provides good surface quality and contour accuracy at high feed rates.
LAC, the Dynamic Precision function for adapting control parameters according to the load, improves dynamic accuracy of the axes for any kind of load. LAC therefore optimises jerk values used for workpiece feed axes. This in turn leads to shorter machining time because the feed axes reach the desired positions more quickly.
The company will be in hall 3, booth D11 at the show.