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  1. YoDoug®

    Machine monitoring

    I could imagine that sometime in the next year or so we will get tablets at the machines to track different down times and quality.
  2. YoDoug®

    Machine monitoring

    We currently don't have an ERP system. We have a SKUvault account that tracks inventory/sales, but not a full blown ERP. We have a giant Excel spreadsheet that pulls from SKUvault. That is what we use to drive production. Short term we are working on being able to pull a smaller CSV from the master spreadsheet to automatically generate orders in the Fastems FMS. Long term we have been shopping for an ERP system, but we are finding there are not a lot designed for small companies. They all seem to be designed for giant corporations and full of features we don't need.
  3. We started a subscription to Scytec for machine monitoring about 2 months ago. So far we are pleased. We have set usage targets based on our sales history and we can easily see if we are running enough parts to keep up. We can also look back at the history of part numbers, quantities, etc. I find it helpful to be able to look back at the last time we ran a part and see how many and when it was. Below is a screenshot of last month for our two lathes. We need to hit about 65%-75% in cycle to keep up. We don't track specific down times or quality as of now. Anybody else using this type of data collection and what else do you find valuable data wise?
  4. YoDoug®

    Arumatik block length

    That doesn't seem right, 5 axis moves with X**.**** for each axis is 40 characters.
  5. YoDoug®

    Right Angle Probing

    Is the slot size consistent and can you spare a little extra stock on the ends? If so you could cut the part .2 long on each end, mill the extra .2 down until you are into the slot, then probe the bottom and sides of the slot.
  6. YoDoug®

    CAT40 holder on lathe

    Why not go with Capto? You should be able to find what you want off the shelf and a C6 is a stronger connection than a CAT40.
  7. Mike, I was taught that you always want to start at TD=01 for main spindle and TD=07 for sub. I know when I was working with TopSolid on the 5x Multus post we saw weird things when you didn't start at TD=01. If you are not at the exact correct position of the first move in TCPC you can get weird and undesirable movements to that position. Since CAS needs to be disabled for TCPC you are not protected. I would stick always starting at TD=01 for 5x.
  8. YoDoug®


    I heard one story from a tooling rep where a shop using the ceramics couldn't figure out why their tool life was inconsistent. Turned out it was occasional drips from residual coolant in the coolant nozzles that ended up being the culprit. They ended up having to add a blow off cycle before running the ceramics.
  9. YoDoug®

    Coolant question

    We use Qualichem XC-250 here. Our machines rarely sit for more than a day so I can say about break down. We do like it. We use These filters/skimmers to keep our coolant clean. https://kellerfilters.com/products/tramp-oil-removal/
  10. That was my thought. If you are using the same tool at different rotation positions for finishing, but in a multiaxis mode you loose you separate offsets for different features of the part. One offset to rule them all doesn't work very well in tight tolerance turning.
  11. YoDoug®

    Compensation Poll - Take the poll

    I am a firm believer that when a job starts to really wear on you the best way to overcome is more compensation.
  12. YoDoug®

    ABB RobotStudio

    Yeah, about the tutorials! They make it look super easy, but they are missing about 10 crucial steps in between each to actually use the software. We had our ABB distributor come in for a couple of days and he gave me some pointers and tips in RobotStudio. Otherwise I would not have been able to use it based on their tutorials. I would suggest taking their class or other training. There is a pretty decent forum for RobotStudio/ABB.
  13. YoDoug®

    ABB RobotStudio

    I use RobotStudio, probably not anywhere near the extent of it's capabilities but I do use it. We only do machine tending with our robots so no path programming is needed. Our programs are very algorithm driven so I just write the rapid code myself. However I do use RobotStudio to simulate and do layout/reach studies. I am in the process of adding the Safemove zones in robot studio for further protection against crashes. Just being able to real time connect to the robot to check IO and even program is awesome. The code editor has predictive text and intellitype like VisualStudio or other modern programming IDE's.
  14. I understand the reasoning for the cutter. The forces are towards the solid body making it stronger. However, instead of positioning in X and cutting in Y, couldn't they just reorient the blade so you position in Y and cut in X? Especially in MT machines with lots of Y travel.
  15. YoDoug®

    Export points as Vectors?

    I do not use Mcam anymore so I can't help you get the post but to help clarify what you are looking for I have a few questions. A fixed point in space does not have vector information by itself. Are the points you are wanting extract on a surface that can use the normal as vector definition? Also, The code sample you show has X,Y,Z,0,0,0,0, I am assuming this quaternions for vector definition? I know there are posts that can output Euler angles normal to surface for points for 3D comp, I am sure it could be converted into quaternions.

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