When you talk about connectivity and machines, what exactly does that mean?
Machine connectivity provides the avenue to help you better understand the digital assets you already own. It’s the first step to applying automation to your machine technology, so that you can use the technology to its fullest potential.
Maybe you didn’t know that automation techniques can be applied to your software as well. By connecting your equipment, you can enhance processes, incorporate logic into your operation, and prioritize scheduling. Integrating your shop floor can enable you to track and trend setup times, cycle times, alarm conditions, spindle loads, and tool life. All of this can increase your productivity by identifying critical, real-time shop floor information.
MTConnect is a great conduit for this information, since it’s a free, open-source solution that connects multiple devices into a common data stream. New Okuma machines come with the software pre-installed from the factory – ready for you to plug into all potential benefits.
How did Okuma apps get started and how do you use them?
The Okuma App Store originated in the U.S., as opposed to our main headquarters in Japan. The idea was to create a user-friendly, common place for Apps that had already been written for various machines. App Store Apps have been written by Okuma software engineers, our distributors, our partners, and even some customers. The open-architecture platform gives our customers complete control over their machines.
If you have experience with .NET programming, you have the power to create your own Apps from the ground up. Our application programming interface (API) comes with the purchase of an Okuma machine. The API is a library that connects what the machine sees (NC side) to what you see (Windows side) so you can code Apps to match specific needs.
What is a unique piece of software that you don’t typically hear about?
Our servo-navi software, essentially, is a feature that allows operators to optimize cutting processes by accelerating or decelerating cycle rates based on workpiece weight and cutting complexity. For example, the servo-navi process could slow down machining on heavy workpieces to improve quality of axis movements and then continually optimize the speed of the machining process as the workpiece becomes lighter. The result: optimized cycle times, optimized cutting performance, optimized finished part. It’s a great feature that comes on most of our lathes and machining centers.
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Networked and monitored via an Internet portal, upgrades to MSD series presses can also be used to upgrade existing systems. It consists of an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connector, which uploads required data from the control system of the servo presses to the Internet and provides access to the mySchuler portal. Processed information can be accessed from anywhere at any time.
Deviations can be detected early and corrected quickly. The IIoT connector on-site at the servo press allows the system control to communicate with a protected computer center, which manages,
evaluates, and graphically prepares the machine and process data. The mySchuler portal provides operating and maintenance instructions for machine, technical data, and dimensions, current contacts in sales and service, as well as news about Schuler and its products.
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The CIM clamping system provides high precision, accuracy, and repeatability through an internal tool indexing mechanism that locates the tool in the correct orientation. The collet holds the tool securely for high stability, and tool change does not require holder removal. Designed to fit standard and special Carmex Tiny Tools, the CIM system eliminates retaining screws and features three clamping flats on the shank for maximum flexibility. The system’s internal coolant feature allows flow through the CIM holder and Tiny Tool for delivery to the cutting edge.
Microscopic vision system
MiSCAN is a multiple sensor microscopic-form measurement system combining coordinate measuring machine (CMM) and vision measurement system technology with a micro-form scanning probe.
The MPP-NANO probe can use styli as small as 125µm to measure microscopic workpieces. The observation camera simplifies measurement setup.
Gear skiving machine
The LK 180/280 DC gear skiving machine offers a machine-integrated tool changing system with up to 12 storage locations. In addition to chamfering during machining, this offers the option of additional SkivingPlus functions such as turning, drilling, milling, or measuring. The 90° positioned chamfering device delivers deburred and chamfered workpieces and does not influence cycle time.
The machine also allows users to produce internal gears with a defined chamfer.