On CNC Machine Probing Software
There are a lot of different technologies and pieces of equipment that have revolutionized the manufacturing industry, and CNC machine probing software certainly falls into this category. This is a form of metrology software that will operate on machine tools so that metrology information is produced directly onto the machine through the use of on-machine probing.
Some of the benefits and features of CNC machine probing software
- Multi-sensor interfaces; to touch probes, analog scanning probes, CCD camera, and laser line scanning sensors
- Allows the machine tool to measure and provide detailed reports like a CMM
- Allows the use of complex alignments not normally available to machine tools without elaborate G-Code
There are a lot of reasons why more and more people in the manufacturing sector are turning to on-machine probing. In-process metrology can verify the dimensions and alignment of the workpiece, making certain that the tool path is not thrown off when there are small differences in the workpiece alignment in the setup the setup. Touch probes are exceptional when confirming the precise size and location of the fixture or workpiece, and this is accomplished quicker than you can with manual measurements, and errors are reduced too.
Ensuring that the tooling is in the correct position is as critical as ensuring the accurate positioning of the workpiece. Very small errors in the tool offset can cause a pass to be completely thrown off, potentially scraping a workpiece and exposing the machine tool or tooling to potential damage. Just in the same way that minor errors can be identified throughout the set-up of the workpiece, in-process touch probes can detect inconsistencies of tool settings or tool wear in an accurate manner so that expensive errors are avoided.
CNC machine probing software is also beneficial in terms of enhancing process control. By measuring the workpiece as a process within your manufacturing flow, errors can be identified by the user through monitoring machined features. For instance, when working with a hard-to-machine material, tool deflection can result in a lower material removal rate than anticipated. Nevertheless, a touch probe has the ability to determine when the part is outside tolerance throughout the process so that you can either be alerted as the user or the machine can even adjust automatically so that the cutter compensates the issue that has been flagged/
So there you have it: some of the benefits that are associated with CNC machine probing software. We hope that the information that has been provided will help you to recognize the benefits and efficiencies your manufacturing plant can reap the rewards of by going down this route. If you would like to find out more about this software or have it installed at your manufacturing business, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for more information.
CappsNC is a metrology software that works on any machine tool to produce metrology information directly on the machine through on-machine probing and use this information to enable smart machining and generate measurement reports.
Multi-View graphics provides a UI programming environment to make it very easy to create programs for any machine tool configuration.
Once the program is generated, CappsNC can connect with most machine tool controllers with a real time direct interface. A G-Code program is created from the DMIS program so that the machine tool can be used to measure in the same manner as regular cutting programs by the operator or by an automation cycle.
A live 3D simulation is displayed in CappsNC graphics and calculations are performed as soon as data is collected. The calculated metrology characteristics, such as best-fitting a data set to a CAD model, are used as a part of the on-the-fly decision making and written back to the machine tool controller as a part of the adaptive machining cycle.
Benefits of On-Machine Probing
On-machine probing is an important step towards improving efficiency. By not having to remove the part from the CNC machine and take the part to the quality lab for measurement, multiple steps and time are saved.
In many cases as soon as a part is removed from the CNC machine, it cannot be placed back in the exact location, so if the part is found to be incorrect in the metrology lab, the part may not be able to be saved. With on-machine probing, “cut-measure-cut” can be performed using the on-machine metrology tools and direct metrology feedback within CappsNC, avoiding scrap.
If a part is to be taken to the quality lab for inspection, depending on both the complexity of the part and the workload in the quality lab, the inspection process in the lab may take additional time and will certainly take manpower.
Through on-machine probing with CappsNC on-machine metrology software, scrap can be avoided, time can be saved and manpower requirements can be reduced – all combining to create a cost savings.