EMO 2017 Virtual rendering of machining via communication link

Editor: Rosemarie Stahl

To enable a better optimisation of machining processes, Open Mind introduced a simulation solution at EMO Hannover. Hyper-Mill Virtual Machining is able to create a virtual rendering of reality in the machine based on NC data.

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Actual machining operations are mapped virtually with Hyper-Mill Virtual Machining Center, allowing for a comprehensive simulation.
Actual machining operations are mapped virtually with Hyper-Mill Virtual Machining Center, allowing for a comprehensive simulation.
(Source: Open Mind)

True to EMO's motto of this year, “Connecting systems for intelligent production”, the simulation is a further step in the connection between Open Mind's CAM suite and the machine tools. According to the company, with added networking and virtual mapping of the processes, machining operations can be checked and optimised before running the job. Various analysis functions further enhance safety and bring added transparency by enabling users to check machining situations, Open Mind says.

Actual machining operations are mapped virtually with Hyper-Mill Virtual Machining Center, allowing for a comprehensive simulation.
Actual machining operations are mapped virtually with Hyper-Mill Virtual Machining Center, allowing for a comprehensive simulation.
(Source: Open Mind)

Besides the core solution Hyper-Mill Virtual Machining Center, there are additional features available, such as the Optimizer, that offers simulation and analysis options. According to Open Mind, it allows for automatically choosing the best setting from a range of possible tool angles for multi-axis processing. The Optimizer is also said to be able to avoid programming errors, thus eliminating the need for making changes to the machining programs at the machine.

Via a bi-directional communication path between machine tool and CAM workstation, Connected Machining, allows for a dialogue between the program and the machine. Using this communication, it is possible to get actual machining data in real time

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