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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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