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Southern Manufacturing & Electronics

Farnborough, Hants(GU14 6XL)

11/02/2020 - 13/02/2020

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is the most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition in the (more)

Industry 4.0 Summit

Manchester Central Convention Complex(M2 3GX)

31/03/2020 - 01/04/2020

The UK’s leading conference gathering of senior level executives from the UK manufacturing industry (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference 2020

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes(MK1 1ST)


Vision solutions have been applied in almost any industry you can think of. Food, beverage, pharmaceutical, (more)

PPMA Show 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

29/09/2020 - 01/10/2020

PPMA Show 2020 is the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and packaging (more)

Advanced Engineering 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

04/11/2020 - 05/11/2020

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

Industry 4.0 compatibility of Heidenhain controls and first touchscreen CNC

Industry 4.0 compatibility of Heidenhain controls and first touchscreen CNC

To underline its expertise in the area of Industry 4.0, Heidenhain will present at Southern Manufacturing its Connected Machining system of production, in which all work steps from the design to the deliverable component are interlinked via one of the company’s TNC controls.

The manufacturer’s premise is that a workpiece is produced on a machine tool, so information should be consolidated there and data on the status and quality of the workpiece must flow back into the production IT system. The machinist, who is responsible for the quality of components and for staying on schedule, needs to have access to all this data.

Two-way communication with a CAM system is facilitated by Remote Desktop Manager software, while using Batch Process Manager, the operator is able to monitor the NC program and tools and schedule the execution of several production orders simultaneously. StateMonitor software captures data from machines, presenting a real-time view of their status and sending messages to computers and mobile devices throughout the company. Automatic workpiece measurement on the machine delivers data for quality assurance, which can be archived or evaluated.

In other news, Heidenhain is offering an optional variant of its TNC 620 control, whereby instead of having soft keys at the side of the screen plus function keys and a numeric keypad below, operation is via graphics on a large touchscreen. It gives users the choice of a smartphone / tablet-style interface when operating this mid-range, 4/5-axis CNC system for prismatic machining and probing.

Its familiar look and functionality has been combined with modern operation using tapping, swiping and dragging motions on the screen. The interface speeds entry, location and manipulation of data, resulting in easy operation and tangible increases in productivity. An operator can zoom in or out and move or rotate graphics directly on screen dynamically and smoothly.


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