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Siemens : CNC solutions for mechanical equipment manufacturers and users
21st June, 2006

CNC solutions for the workshop, automation concepts in machine tool building and mold making, as well as services covering all aspects of machine tools – these are the focal points of the presentation by Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) at this year's Metav trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany. With ShopMill and ShopTurn, Siemens will present user-friendly programming and operator interfaces for CNC turning and milling machines for medium-sized users. Center stage is also occupied by a comprehensive portfolio of tools, comprising Mechatronic Support, Virtual Production, Sinumerik Machine Simulator and Virtual NC Core for simulation in machine design or for optimizing programs and workpieces. Siemens will also present the basis for modular and future-oriented machine concepts in the form of Sinumerik solution line and the new Sinamics generation of drives.

For users of CNC machinery, the workshop programs ShopTurn and ShopMill from Siemens A&D guarantee user-friendly interfaces and simple handling. The technology packages are just as suitable for cycle-controlled flatbed machines, inclined bed turning machines, and horizontal or vertical turning and milling centers as they are for complex machining centers in machine tool building and mold making. Siemens offers solution packages with integrated and simple operation for all these different machines from a single source. ShopTurn and ShopMill can be used for all batch sizes from small-sized production right up to mass production.

ShopTurn for turning machines has a powerful contour computer for high-speed calculation of demanding tangential or non-tangential contour transitions. In addition, the software incorporates all the usual cycles for turning or turning-milling, as well as the manual functions such as linear input and incline input for a cycle-controlled turning machine. With ShopMill for milling machines, machining cycles are available from pocket machining to island machining, through free contours and swivel cycles on 5-axis machines, right up to the high-speed setting cycle (HSC) for mold-making programs. These features are a benefit above all for medium-sized users because they reduce refitting times and save on training costs for operating personnel. The SinuTrain training software offers a unique basic training and further training program for the workshop area. The training program is identical to the Sinumerik control or the Sinumerik solution line and thus enables simple and practice-oriented training of new employees.

Another focal point of the trade fair presentation will be the tools covering all aspects of mechatronics and simulation. With Mechatronic Support, Sinumerik machine simulator, virtual NC core and virtual production, Siemens A&D will present a portfolio of services for simulation in mechanical equipment manufacture. They help to significantly reduce the development times for new machines and serve to optimize CNC programs and surface finishes. Virtual analysis of machine and drive configurations as well as machining steps can significantly reduce the prototype phases both of the machines and of the workpieces to be processed.

The trade show presentation is supplemented by the Sinumerik solution line control series. With the introduction of the Sinumerik solution line CNC range, Siemens has brought all interfaces of a CNC into line with the Industrial Ethernet/Profinet standard, making it easier for operators to integrate their machines into machine networks. The combination of Sinumerik solution line and the Sinamics drives range enables distributed and simple configuration of automation solutions. This means modular and easily scalable concepts can be implemented with machine tools, and machining centers can be assembled individually from standard modules. Thin Client technology is used for operator input. The drives communication system via Drive Cliq provides improved diagnostics facilities and fast recognition of the drive via the electronic rating plate right down to the motor. The solution line system platform is also characterized by open architecture in the user interface and the real-time NC core, enabling integration of application-specific functions with real-time capability, and customized design of the user interface.

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