The NTMA Manufacturing and Technology Team is proud to present you with these informative webinars below.
Program Optimization from CAM Programmer to Machine Operator
Join Roger Hart, Head of R & D at Siemens, as he explains how “Analyze MyWorkpiece Toolpath” enables a 3D representation of the program and the possibility to view individual processing paths directly. With this, there is no lost productivity as the program is not “blindly” and slowly executed block by block. Adjust the NC program directly or by accessing the original CAD/CAM model. Changes to CAM code can be made easily and directly by the machine operator or part designer. Manufacturing engineers can quickly evaluate a program for correctness and part tolerance. Rounding and chordal tolerance can be inspected to validate tool paths without going to the machine.
High Fidelity Simulation for Machine Tools
Join Gabe Manescu, Senior Digitalization Consultant at Siemens, as he explains how the Virtual NC Controller Kernel (VNCK) integrated solution enables your company to perform highly accurate simulations, thereby ensuring the reliability of your validation process and reducing manufacturing cost by minimizing your need for prove out and first-article machining trials. This solution enables you to validate the operation of an NC-driven machine tool by driving its kinetic motion in a 3D solid assembly model and simulating a motion study entirely within NX CAM. In this scenario, programmers validate an NC program by having NX CAM post process the program’s tool paths and send the posted output to the embedded Sinumerik controller kernel. In turn, the controller kernel processes the data exactly as it would on a real machine and drives the 3D machine-tool model to display the simulation. This advanced level of simulation enables programmers to inspect and validate entire machining operations, including the computed tool path motions and a machine’s controller-driven machining cycles (e.g., drilling, thread cutting and tool changes).
Using Digital Transformation and Predictive Analytics to solve Shop Floor Production Scheduling
Mark Lilly, President and CEO of LillyWorks will discuss how to take the data you have today, or even if you have no or little data in electronic form, and use the powers of Digital Transformation and Predictive Analytics to address the complex challenges of getting hundreds, maybe thousands of jobs and work orders out to their respective customers on-time!
Toolholding and Workholding Technology for 5-Axis Machining
Join Cory Cetkovic, Product Manager Sphinx from BIG KAISER, as he presents how to optimize machine tool efficiency and minimize down-time by investing in modern 5-axis workholding and toolholding systems. This webinar uses 5-axis application examples to focus on common areas for interference, and creative workholding and toolholding suggestions that improve work piece accessibility. Understanding basic constraints of 5-axis machining allows audience members to unleash the full potential of their 5-axis machine tools.
How to Select an ERP System
ERP systems touch every aspect of your business from quote to cash and everything in between. Selecting the right ERP system for your business is critical to the ongoing success of your manufacturing business. In this webinar, learn 10 steps to select the right ERP system for your business from experts Andrew Batterton, Senior Sales Engineer and Chris Pinaire, Director of New Implementations, of Global Shop Solutions.
Why Production Scheduling is so Hard and How to Fix It
If you’ve tried ERP-based production scheduling, or bolt-on scheduling tools, and have now reverted back to manual whiteboards or Excel spreadsheets, this webinar is for you!
Mark Lilly, President and CEO of LillyWorks will discuss the underlying problems with traditional scheduling methods and why most companies are struggling to meet delivery commitments to their customers and seemingly being in constant expedite mode. Then, he will reveal a practical method and supporting software now used by over 100 manufacturing companies that fixes the issues with traditional scheduling and ensures that you’re able to get your orders out to customers on-time, in less time, every time.
How to Take Full Advantage of Your Touch Probe
Join Gisbert Ledvon of Heidenhain Corp. as he discusses what type of touch probes are available and how to use them in different applications. The participants then will learn how to utilize touch probes to calibrate their 5-axis machining center. He will conclude the session with an example of in-process inspection.
How Has 5-Axis Technology Changed My Business? – The Job Shop Story
Hear from Nick Honeycutt, owner of Honeycutt Manufacturing, about their journey implementing advanced technology, 5-axis Machining, for the first time in their shop. Nick will share with you their shop’s challenges, wins, and what they wished they had known. Come join this insightful conversation with Nick Honeycutt, and NTMA National Associate members, Tiffany Bryson of GROB Systems and Daniel Vitullo of Siemens.
Adaptive Control & Monitoring
Join Jim Stewart of Siemens to learn about an exciting new capability in the Digitalization space, Adaptive Control & Monitoring. ACM monitors and optimizes cutting performance by measuring cutting torque in real time and automatically adjusting cutting speed to maximize cutting efficiency and dramatically extend tool life. The monitoring function can trigger alarms and notify the operator in case of abnormalities. This approach boosts productivity, extends machine and tool life, and ensures a stable production process. Each machining operation is optimized in real time, taking into account casting or forging variations such as porosity, work hardening or dimensional variation and many more. ACM results in: Cutting Time Reduction, Cutting Tool Breakage Protection, Tool Life Extension, Tool Life Monitoring, Tool Impact and Crash Detection mitigation. In short, cut better quality parts faster at lower cost.
How You Can Profit from Feed Rate Optimization
In today’s competitive environment, it’s important to improve the quality of the programs that drive our CNC Machine Tools. CAM systems continue to improve and allow for more efficient toolpaths and shorter cycle times. There are also independent software solutions that can help CNC Programmers improve the quality of their code. Feed Rate Optimization software improves tool life and reduces cycle times. Combine the benefits of G-Code verification with physics-based feed rate Optimization and put more money in your pocket. Join Iulian Arsene, Technical Support Engineer at CGTech and, we’ll show how easily you can do that.
Machine Monitoring, Best Practices
We will discuss the benefits of machine monitoring and data collection for job shops. The attendees will get an overview what are some of the industry options but also learn how a shop implemented data collection successfully, increasing productivity and profits.
Creating Virtual Tooling for G-Code
Anyone who programs CNC machine tools understands the importance of simulation. Since simulation requires the use of virtual tooling, tooling vendors have made a significant effort to work together to supply accurate and consistent data for this purpose. Many people store and manage this data using proprietary Database software. Others use the Machining Cloud to access this data to select and assemble tooling on-line. In this segment, Steve Arteman will illustrate how simulation software has evolved to take advantage of these advancements and show improvements we’ve made to quickly create or import tools for simulation.
Improving Quality and Efficiency through Virtual Machining
Despite the risks involved, there are still manufacturers that view CNC G-Code verification as an unnecessary extra step in the manufacturing process. Verification isn’t just used to avoid costly collisions, it can also help the programmer create a more efficient process. Verification can improve work piece quality, improve tool life, shorten cycle time, and much more. Join Iulian Arsene, Technical Support Engineer at CGTech as we discuss all the benefits of using verification software for independent CNC Program verification and optimization.
Additive Manufacturing – A Guide to Get Started in Your Shop
Join Tim Bell from Siemens, as he walks you through:
- Brief Additive Technology overview (different processes and use cases / applications)
- How relevant will that be (is that already) for Job Shops….or is this just a hype they can afford to ignore
- What parts should they start out with (what could be a realistic / practical growth path)
- What investment is necessary
- What ROI should they expect
- What skill set do Job Shops have to prepare for
- What are the challenges Job Shops will be facing
- What do suppliers offer to mitigate the risk deploying this process on their shop floors
- Show some examples of smaller companies who made this step already….and succeeded