Common Variable Utility for Okuma THINC CNC
- Industry: Contract Manufacturing
- Process: Multifunction Machining
- MGI Division: Morris South
- Builder Tool: Okuma MULTUS-B300
- Customer: More Information
- Outcome: Operator error has been dramatically reduced and efficiency is improved. Keystrokes required to input the data went from over 40 to an average of 7.
Make production more efficient by running several part families on different machines with a single software program.
The Robert E. Morris Company developed a Variable Driven program interface that allowed the operator to select data on the touch screen and populate a string of data that would set the Common Variables for the parts. This significantly reduced the number of keystrokes required to input the new program data. The type of data entered into each field and the input range were also controlled, further reducing the potential for operator error. We took advantage of the P200's open architecture by accessing the API to the MDI buffer.
A contract manufacturer purchased an Okuma Multus and a Turn-Key Solution to run several families of different part numbers. He wanted to run all of the part numbers with a single program. The Thinc system's "Common Variables" would need to be used as part of the program to adjust dimensions between programmed parts. The ability to probe the first part when a new program was selected was also a requirement. Since the operators would be responsible for setting the common variables for each part, the contract manufacturer wanted to minimize the potential for operator error when entering variable data.
Once the operator selected the desired variable data, he was allowed to populate the data and send this information to the MDI buffer. The operator would then select the auto mode and press "cycle start" to machine the part. We were also able to configure a touchpad mouse with programmable hotkeys that allow one-touch access to this application. The contract manufacturer reports this application is working perfectly! Operator error has been dramatically reduced and efficiency is improved. Keystrokes required to input the data went from over 40 to an average of 7!