Software New user interface for effective collision avoidance
Intelligent software algorithms are essential for real-time collision avoidance, but they are only half the story. The other half is a well-designed user interface that enables operators to drive the software effectively. In their latest cooperation Module Works, technology providers for digital manufacturing solutions, and the Chiron Group, CNC machine tool manufacturers, put operator experience at the center of a new GUI for the Module Works Collision Avoidance System (CAS).
The Module Works CAS uses real-time machining data and look-ahead technology to detect immanent collisions and stop the machining process before an actual collision occurs. The Chiron Group uses CAS as part of their Protect Line digital system to protect their high-end machining centers from potentially expensive damage and downtime.
In addition to sophisticated algorithms, effective collision avoidance requires careful setup by the operator to ensure the system accurately represents the entire machining process, including the fixtures, workpiece and tools.
The user interface therefore plays a pivotal role in the acceptance and effectiveness of the system: “We asked ourselves: ‘What do operators need from a GUI in order to use the CAS effectively?’” says Jasper Sanders, Product Manager at Module Works. “The obvious answer was to ask the operators, so we created a project team with the Chiron Group and their machine operators. This proved a great approach. In less than twelve months we were able to launch a new GUI that raises usability and operator acceptance.”
“Collision avoidance is indispensable for safe and cost-effective manufacturing. Through the cooperation we have a system that truly supports machine operators and encourages them to use the full benefits of the collision avoidance technology on our machining centers”, says Pascal Schröder, Development Coordination Digitalization at the Chiron Group.
The results of the cooperation between the machine tool builder, technology supplier and machine operators will be exhibited for the first time at EMO 2021 in Milan (4-9 October, 2021).
The Protect Line digital system is on show at the Chiron Group booth (Pavilion 4, Booth B05).
Module Works is also demonstrating its Collision Avoidance System at the Module Works booth (Pavilion 7, Booth H15).