Complete traceability for the life-cycle of any piece of NC code comes as standard with the MCS smart solution for the management of manufacturing-related information.
Ensuring that accurate, fully traceable, CNC code is transmitted to machine tools can often be the last thing manufacturers think about in the CAD/CAM equation. And yet fast, reliable data transfer is an essential aspect of an efficient production line in making every second count.
Phil Gill (pictured right), Manager of Manufacturing Control Solutions (MCS), from Vero Software, says: “If manufacturers have optimised CNC code to produce a component in the shortest cycle time, it makes sense to use the most efficient way of getting that code to the machine, ready for production to start.”
MCS DNC Pro specializes in providing solutions for the management of NC files, while also measuring the effectiveness and efficiency of plant and machine tools. At the recent MACH exhibition, Phil Gill demonstrated how MCS maximizes productivity and achieves faster communication for NC code; securing a sale direct from the stand.
“There’s much more to MCS than transferring the code into machine tools,” he says. “Whether CNC machines are old or new, they each have unique requirements when it comes to receiving machining programs. While older machines will use RS232 ports, newer ones may have Ethernet or network-based communications built into the controls. Because MCS contains some unique software, it treats all machines the same; it’s loaded into the control system and the operator uses the softkeys on the screen to drive it, making it very simple to get a file from the network into the machine without the need for disks or USB keys.
“Full support for FTP, SMB and NFS protocols ensures a standard process for managing all NC-related files, no matter what type of machine control needs to be connected.”
As soon as the code goes from the network into the machine tool, MCS is functioning in the background, logging everything that is happening, ensuring full traceability of every line of code throughout its life cycle.
“This includes when the code is first produced, when it was made available to production, when it went to a machine for the first time, and if and when it was modified. It means the logbook inside the system has everything fully detailed. This feature has proved to be vital for companies working with DIN EN ISO 13485 Standards or ISO 9001, and the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to provide specific information about code for compliance audits and checks.”
MCS DNC Pro also logically organizes NC part programs working with smart IDs that can be linked to ERP or work-order-related procedures. “Standardizing procedure reduces the effort and time required to manage critical production-related data,” says Phil Gill.