Connecting to Multiple CNC Machines Simultaneously
Are you thinking of adding new CNC machinery to your shop this year? What about your existing CNC machines… do you fear that adding a new and potentially different brands of machinery will cause you problems? After all, each machinery manufacturer from Biesse and SCM to Onsrud and Homag, have different methods of communicating to their machinery. Do
you have the proper CAD/CAM software to communicate to each of them? If you own Microvellum Software or are considering the purchase of our woodworking software, the job of connecting to these different machine types and producing the machine specific programs is simple.
Through the advancements of our Direct-Link CNC technology, shops implementing Microvellum Software can take advantage of a one-step process for sending optimized CNC programs to their machinery… no matter the number of machines, the model, or brand.
Here’s how we do it…
Let’s say that you have five machines that you need to connect to within your shop – a Biesse flat table router, an SCM point-to-point machining center, an Onsrud flat table router, a Weeke point-to-point machining center and a TigerStop automated chop saw. The process of connecting to these machines is pretty standard and can be completed in a very short amount of time. Within the Global Tooling setup, are controls for Common Tools. These variables allow Microvellum to switch the common tool number for the actual machine tool number for the specific machine automatically during processing. This configuration for Common Tooling is included with any machine connection for a company integrating multiple machine brands or types. After the common tool numbers are setup and each machine is connected, all you have to do is process once and optimized machine g-code for each machine is generated and distributed to the multiple destinations automatically. If your CNC equipment is connected to a network, Microvellum can transfer the CNC files directly to the machine and ready for your operator to run.
Taking it a step further, Microvellum also allows users with multiple machines to control the destination of specific parts based on material type, machining, part type or other user definable property.