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AUG 2018

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MMS AUGUST 2018 242 JEDD COLE | EDITOR | IMTS 2018 Systems and Software ON DISPLAY Rack-Based CNC Series Improves Machine Performance Mitsubishi Electric Automation expands its MELSEC iQ-R automation platform with the introduction of the C80 series of CNCs. The rack-based controller features a CNC-dedicated CPU designed to improve its performance. CNC functions and drive units enable high-speed, accurate machining, while a high-speed system bus provides large-capacity data communication. These features combine to reduce cycle times and increase productivity, according to the company. The controller suits rotary dial machines, pro- duction machines using multiple pro- cesses and automotive transfer lines. According to the company, it provides a flexible system configuration, user-friendly functionality, safety measures compliant with global standards and low maintenance requirements. It also enables control of all CNC CPUs on a PLC rack. Three CPUs control up to 21 system com- ponents and 48 axes, making it suitable for high-axis-count appli- cations. In addition, the controller can communicate with any module used in a rack-based solution. Communication speed between the CNC and drive contributes to improved system responsiveness. | Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc. | East, Level 3, Booth 134102 CAM Software Improves Workflow, Enables Machine Simulation Open Mind Technologies' HyperMill CAM software includes a range of features: greater blending capabilities, 3D-optimized roughing and finishing, global fitting, rota- tional abilities for CAD electrode applications and virtual machining simulation. Virtual machining enables real-time communication between the machine tool controller and a remote simulation, which improves workflow. For 3D Z-level Shape Finishing, the Automatic Face Extension capability can be used to extend selected mill- ing surfaces. | Open Mind Technologies USA Inc. | East, Level 3, Booth 133351

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