Simulation based on the NC code ensures processes that are reliable and more efficient
hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining Center is the CNC simulation solution featured in the hyperMILL® CAM software. A perfect virtual representation of the machine reality based on real NC data. Networking between the machine and hyperMILL® provides an unprecedented level of process control and optimisation. This is an important step for Smart Factory.
Components are becoming more and more complex, yet turnover times keep getting consistently shorter. As a result, manufacturing companies must make optimum use of their machines. Auxiliary machine processing times or even costly machine damage, production downtimes and the resulting critical delays must be effectively minimised.
hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining* plays an important and ground-breaking role for NC simulation. The highly efficient NC code-based simulation solution offers a total of three modules: Center, Optimizer and CONNECTED Machining. These modules help to significantly strengthen the close cooperation between the hyperMILL® CAM software and the machine tool. Networking and virtually mapped processes make it possible to evaluate, control and optimise machining operations more reliably, even before the machine runs.
Postprocessors of the latest generation
With its hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining simulation solution, OPEN MIND has also significantly advanced its postprocessor technology* and added numerous innovative functionalities. The NC program generated by the postprocessor and the machining information from the hyperMILL® CAM software can now be linked to each other bidirectionally. The respective machining programs from hyperMILL® can therefore be directly matched to the NC code.
“The hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining Center is key to designing prove-out processes in a far more safe and efficient way.”
Dr Josef Koch, CTO, OPEN MIND Technologies AG
Simulation and analysis allow considerable advantages
Whether in the role of CAM programmer, machine operator or manufacturing planner, the hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining Center has both an intuitive and comfortable user interface. The interface has the look and feel of a real, and therefore familiar, machine control system. This means that programmers, operators and planners can become quickly acquainted with the new simulation technology.
hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining ensures that all processes are transparent to the user and can be analysed in detail. Working with a ‘digital twin’ facilitates significant optimisations without using productive machining time. Benefits include optimised workpiece positions and clamping setups, checked tool paths and the reliable prevention of real machine collisions. This results in improved quality and efficiency during subsequent machining with shorter machining times as well as greatly increased overall productivity.
*Note: hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining requires a hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining postprocessor.
1 | Machine and removal simulation
2 | Networking with the maschine
3 | Remote control for starting and stopping
4 | Each line of code is simulated
5 | Intuitive operation
6 | NC code display
- Checking, evaluating and optimising the machining process
- Matching a job to available machines
- Easily shifting job tasks between available machines
- Support for the acquisition of new machines
- More accurate estimation of costs for bid proposals
hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining
NC code-based simulation and
seamless networking with the machine
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A closer look at the hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining modules
The hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining Center virtually maps actual machining situations, that is, the machine including controller and PLC. The numerous simulation and analysis options are carried out on the basis of the NC code and following the postprocessor run. hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining Center uses the latest postprocessor technology from OPEN MIND.
The optional Optimizer module offers powerful optimisation algorithms to make multi-axis machining more efficient. The hyperMILL® VIRTUAL Machining Optimizer automatically finds the technically best tool position for ensuring perfect machining from the wide range of possible tool positions.
The CONNECTED Machining module enables in-depth networking and synchronisation with the machine. A bidirectional connection is established between the machine tool and CAM workstation. This provides the best possible exchange of information between the generation and execution of programs. A simple click of the mouse establishes the connection with the machine. Moreover, the integrated remote control feature makes it possible to control machining operations on the CNC machine tool easily via a laptop.