AAT3D Industry 4.0

How can AAT3D help in Industry 4.0?

A high-end metrology platform like CappsNC can perform all CMM tasks directly on a NC machine. CappsNC uses a separate PC that is connected to the NC machine tool via Ethernet. This dedicated PC performs all the measurement calculations. On-machine measurement programs can be created offline in familiar DMIS language with collision avoidance and program simulations. 

As soon as features are measured, CappsNC calculates results compliant to ISO and ANSI standards. That data is then used as direct feedback to the manufacturing process. 

AAT3D Industry 4.0 Flow

CappsNC - Be Proactive not Reactive

AAT3D’s Industry 4.0 philosophy is not to determine if the part is good or bad as this is reactive instead of proactive. Rather, our goal is to be proactive, improving the process by capturing data quickly and directly from the NC source. 

CappsNC converts metrology data from on-machine probing into manufacturing parameters in real-time by smart systems. By using closed-loop real-time feedback to adapt the manufacturing process and store metrology data in a database, big manufacturing distributed metrology data is obtained. The ability to automatically produce metrology data on the NC machine tool with a CMM level software is essential for adaptive machining and Industry 4.0. 

Metrology data gathered from the part being machined is converted into useful machining parameters. CappsNC can feed this data back to the NC controller. This helps the machining process adapt to changing machining and environmental conditions. This closed-loop metrology feedback enables ’Smart Machining’ . Smart machining dynamically corrects and automatically controls the machining process using “cut-measure-cut” to always produce good parts while minimizing costs and efforts. 

Metrology data is an indicator of every factor that effects manufacturing, thus our concept measures and stores all metrology data gathered from NC manufacturing on-machine probing.

This real-time metrology data is converted into relevant manufacturing parameters and used to adjust the NC manufacturing process by enabling the quick search of cases from previous data to make comparative & predictive decisions. 

CappsNC predicts future changes in the NC machining process and proactively takes precautions against them. This approach is far superior to reacting after the process has gone out of control.