“We have been pleasantly surprised by the results in improving machining flexibility,” explains Serge Locher. A complete programming approach was then finalised with Jorge de Carvalho using hyperMILL®. “By automating the loading of CAD models from Catia, we found that we were eliminating every source of error when automating the casting operations,” says Serge Locher. Furthermore, doing away with manual introductions previously required makes it possible to achieve gains in terms of programming security, time and reliability.
One other of the major satisfactions of PSA Mulhouse’s tool shop programmers lies in the facility with which postprocessors have been implemented for each machine. As translators of the instructions programmed in the right language for each machine and based on its kinematics, the postprocessors form a crucial interface between the software and CNC. “With OPEN MIND, we know that what we are programming and simulating will actually be implemented in production,” emphasises Serge Locher.