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NOV 2018

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MMS NOVEMBER 2018 122 mmsonline.com JEDD COLE | EDITOR | jcole@mmsonline.com Systems and Software Automation Platform Updated with CNC, Dedicated CPU Mitsubishi Electric Automation's C80 series CNC enables increased productivity and lower cycle times for the company's Melsec iQ-R automation platform. The rack-based C80 features a CNC-dedicated CPU to maximize the control's performance. The system's CNC functions and drive units promote high-speed, accurate machin- ing and its high-speed system bus provides large-capacity data communication, resulting in increased productivity and reduced cycle times. According to the company, the system is designed especially for rotary dial machines, production machines using multiple processes and automotive transfer lines. Benefits include improved productivity, flexible system configuration, user-friendly functionality, low maintenance and safety measures compliant with global standards. The system enables users to control all CNC CPUs on a PLC rack. Three CPUs control up to 21 system compo- nents and 48 axes for high-axis-count applications. In addition, the system can communicate with any module that can be used in a rack-based solution. | Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc. | 847-478-2500 us.mitsubishielectric.com Updated CAM Software Provides Multi-Axis Machining Methods AlibreCAM 2018, the latest version of MecSoft's CAM solution for Alibre Design 2018, performs continuous five-axis machining operations on Alibre Design models. Updates include Fillet and Chamfer machining methods for 2 1 / 2 axis; Horizontal Finishing follow con- tainment, performance and stability improvements for three axis; and Drive Surface machining for four axis. For continuous five-axis machining, meth- ods such as Surface Normal, Curve Projection and Swarf machining have been introduced. The company says that the new ability to perform five-axis continuous machining in AlibreCAM opens up significant productivity improvements for users. | MecSoft Corp. | 949-654-8163 mecsoft.com

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