Whenever Hyla Soft visits a machine shop, we can usually count on seeing at least one of the following:
There are too many risks associated with CNC machine operation: running an outdated program, placing a program on the wrong machine, or failing an audit, to name a few. Since CNC machining manufacturers typically work with expensive equipment and materials, these risks are unacceptable. The company’s CAM engineers often know that this situation is not right, but they are not sure how to best address the issues.
The answer to these problems, encountered in most machine shops, is a CNC machining environment involving both Direct Numerical Control (DNC) and Machine Data Acquisition (MDA).
The purpose of a DNC system is to provide a central repository for manufacturing and NC data, and to make this data available to the shop floor. Benefits of a complete DNC solution include:
The purpose of MDA is to collect information from equipment to assist manufacturers in identifying and addressing causes of equipment problems. Benefits of a complete MDA solution include:
Shop Floor Connect for Siemens Teamcenter is an application add-on for Teamcenter PLM software that delivers critical production information directly to the shop floor and CNC machine controller.
More than just a traditional DNC system, the connection to the centralized Teamcenter database avoids data duplication and manages revisions to make sure the correct manufacturing data is used during production. It also enables your production staff to access current and released CNC programs, drawings, 3D models and other data sources through a web-based user interface that runs on any browser-enabled device or controller.
Shop Floor Connect for Teamcenter includes the following features:
Shop Floor Connect for Teamcenter is an application that communicates directly with Teamcenter, Siemens PLM software’s comprehensive system for managing product lifecycle management (PLM) data and processes from design and engineering through production.
Teamcenter provides an environment that you can use to manage product and process definitions, data files and resources. It maintains workflows and roles for users who work in process chains, as well as provides tracking capabilities for monitoring document revisions and release statuses.
Unlike traditional direct numerical control (DNC) systems, Teamcenter eliminates the need for an independent shop floor database; its data remains within a controlled environment until it is sent to the machine tool. Shop floor users can see the source data while it remains inside Teamcenter’s managed environment. Data files needed for production can be pulled directly to the point of use in a controller or pre-setter.
Hyla Soft is an expert integrator of complete, end-to-end DNC systems. Our areas of expertise include CAM workflows and requirements, PLM integration and CNC machine connectivity. We have connected dozens of CNC machine makes and models to state-of-the-art DNC systems.
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