Enhanced CNC Optimization Software From SPRING Technologies - Minimizes Air-Cutting Motions and Reduces Machining Times

SPRING Technologies, developer of advanced software for CNC machine tools, has enhanced the optimization capabilities of its flagship NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS package. The improvements are contained in the OPTITOOL module of NCSIMUL Machine, SPRING Technologies' CNC machine verification software for simulating, verifying, optimizing, and reviewing machining programs.

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The new capabilities include algorithms that transform working feed rates into rapid feed rates or specified maximum feed rates for approach and retract motions in both circular and linear toolpaths. The software's Air Cutting Optimization mode can enable users to reduce machining times by 4 – 25 percent by minimizing air-cutting motions and optimizing entry and exit feed rates.

Simple, one-click implementation requires no alteration to the toolpath or CAM system. The software is effective in Fanuc, Heidenhain, Siemens and any other standard CNC control languages. OPTITOOL also enables users to test different optimization strategies and provides graphic analysis comparing initial and optimized feed rates. Further, this optimization can be applied (repeated) on every machined part currently in process, multiplying the gains.

"Optimization of non-cutting motions, as provided by these enhancements of OPTITOOL, represents a major opportunity for significant savings in machining time," said Silvère Proisy, North American Operations Director for SPRING Technologies.

NCSIMUL Machine is an innovative CNC software solution providing realistic CNC simulation of the machining process. Users can simulate, verify, optimize and review machine programs based on the actual characteristics of the machine tools. Three-dimensional graphics help to avoid machining crashes while powerful algorithms and embedded process-based knowledge enable cutting conditions to be optimized. NCSIMUL Machine provides machining verification in three steps: it investigates and corrects coding errors, simulates to locate collisions and correct motion errors, and validates the part cut and machining result. The benefits are many, including reducing the time spent on debugging programs; preventing the costly risk of spindle collision, tool breakage and scrap; and improving cycle times and process optimization efficiencies.

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