Modern Machine Shop

NOV 2017

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138 MMS November 2017 mmsonline.com SYSTEMS AND SOFTWARE For more information about systems and software, go to mmsonline.com/erp and mmsonline.com/cam. views, X-caliper dimension labels displayed with models, a new report template editor and easier G-code offsets. CGTech, call 949-753-1050 or visit cgtech.com. CAM SOFTWARE'S DIGITAL TWINNING PROMOTES EX ACT SIMULATIONS The Esprit CAM system from DP Technology is designed to streamline workflows, prevent silos in the manufacturing processes, increase tool life and machine utilization, and facilitate process improvement via access to knowledge. The soft- ware now enables users to create a digital "twin" of their machine tools to ensure that what happens onscreen occurs on the shop floor. The virtual workpieces and cut ting tools result in exact simulations, greater productivity and better tool paths for higher quality parts. A digital thread ties together each step of the workflow, ensuring that none of the processes are siloed. The software reads part data from the CAD software and creates machine-optimized G code and setup sheets, which it passes on to shopfloor management, tool data management and enterprise resource planning software. The ProfitMilling and ProfitTurning apps create tool paths by considering the machine tool first, including its axes, positions, limits, acceleration, and attainable and requested cutting speeds, instead of working from the shape of the part. This enables machines to run faster, produces better surface finish and increases tool life. Knowledge-based machining can cut program- ming time by capturing best practices and enabling users to focus on process improvements instead of repetitive tasks. The software automatically selects the optimum machining cycles, tools and conditions for part features based on best

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