CNC integrates adaptive control to add productivity

Fanuc iAdapt S adaptive control solution has been integrated into computer numerical controls to improve the ability for CNC material removal and decrease CNC cycle time.

07/06/2011


Fanuc iAdapt S is said to increase machine tool productivity.Fanuc Factory Automation America (Fanuc FA America) has integrated its iAdapt S adaptive control solution into the CNC system for increased machine tool productivity. Fanuc iAdapt S improves material removal and minimizes cycle time by automatically optimizing the cutting feedrate based on the actual spindle load. Additionally, integration of the iAdapt S product within the CNC now eliminates the need for mounting space, simplifying installation while improving the capabilities of the original iAdapt product.

The original iAdapt product introduced the concept of roughing cycle productivity to CNC customers.  The “On Demand” control feature simplified the use of the adaptive control by making it easy to setup and operate.

The new iAdapt S has an arsenal of improvements which allows the operator to improve machine cycle time and tool life.  By automatically optimizing the cutting feedrate based on the actual spindle load, iAdapt S improves material removal and minimizes cycle time.  In fact, productivity is increased as cycle times are reduced by up to 40% as every part is automatically optimized in real-time, including the first.  iAdapt S compensates for material and process variations including: material hardness, tool wear, depth of cut and width of cut.  Additionally, feedrate control is 100 times finer which increases the responsiveness and accuracy of the adaptive control.  To view and improve the machining process, a graphing feature has been added, which displays both the spindle load and feedrate override versus time. A new 64-entry setting table has been introduced in iAdapt S which allows easy saving of settings for later use and recall. A new Torque Override feature has been added to allow the operator to dynamically modify the adaptive control set point during the machining cycle.

Additionally, iAdapt S keeps roughing tools fully loaded, putting the heat into the chips rather than the part, thus extending tool life. As a result, there are fewer minor stoppages, which increases productivity and reduces labor costs.

Fanuc Corporation, headquartered at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Japan, is a diversified manufacturer of Factory Automation (FA), Robots and Robomachines. Since its inception in 1956, Fanuc has contributed to the automation of machine tools as a pioneer in the development of computer numerical control equipment. Fanuc is committed to developing efficient, reliable and innovative products.

Fanuc FA America is the exclusive provider of industry leading Fanuc CNC systems and solutions in the Americas, providing a one-stop shop for comprehensive CNC solutions including industry-leading control systems, a complete range of drives and motors and CO2 laser solutions. Fanuc FA America also offers engineering support, genuine parts, repair and factory automation solutions and training programs to machine tool builders, dealers and users. Fanuc FA America has headquarters in Hoffman Estates, IL, and supports 37 offices and service centers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

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