Probing carried out on the CNC machine allows the earliest possible detection of manufacturing errors in an interruption-free production chain. Internal process quality control ensures that additional, time-consuming setup and installation measures can be avoided. The advantages for companies include: reduced waste, time savings and increased competitiveness. In addition, ongoing quality control is an important pre-condition for the automation of manufacturing processes.
Probing starts as early as the NC programming stage. The hyperMILL® CAM software defines the touch probe in the same way as a conventional tool type. Just as milling cycles are available for tools, hyperMILL® offers probing cycles for the touch probe that allows fast and easy programming and this is completely integrated in the NC code.
OPEN MIND has developed three strategies for measuring workpieces that are available in all 2D probing cycles:
OPEN MIND has designed its measurement solution for the entire NC machining process. This begins with setting-up the workpiece if touch probe systems set the origin. Workpiece measurement during NC machining makes it possible to detect and respond to manufacturing errors early on. For example, if deviations in dimensional accuracy are identified after roughing or semi-finishing, the subsequent machining process can be adapted accordingly. Probing cycles integrated in the machining process therefore enable active process control.
The hyperMILL® CAM software features a total of seven probing cycles for 3-axis as well as 5-axis machines:
All the probing cycles are fully integrated in the NC code: The postprocessor interprets this output and translates the code into the language of the probe or control system. Before the hyperMILL® probing cycles can be used, the postprocessor must therefore be adjusted. Respective control cycles are then called in the machine controller and the machine begins to collect measurement results.