On stand H17-620 at MACH 2018, visitors will see a raft of new CAD/CAM developments from OPEN MIND Technologies. The exhibition will be the launch-pad for the latest edition of hyperMILL, Version 2018.2. New developments in will include the new hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining Center, the Vandurit rollFEED turning method and a deluge of additional new features that will simplify and enhance the CAM programming and machining process. And of course, the powerful hyperMILL MAXX Machining performance package will demonstrate how machine shops can reduce cycle times by as much as a staggering 90 per cent.

With Industry 4.0 fast becoming the buzzword of the manufacturing industry, OPEN MIND will be providing demonstrations on how intelligent production can fit into the machine shop via the hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining Center package. The CAD/CAM specialist introduced this at EMO 2017 through its current release Version 2018.1. At MACH 2018, OPEN MIND will announce the arrival of Version 2018.2.

Built with Industry 4.0 in mind, the new simulation solution creates a perfect virtual rendering of reality in the machine based on NC data. The new innovation generates a bi-directional communication link between the machine control and the hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining Center to deliver a new level of process control and optimisation. As component production gets more complex with lead-time requirements ever shortening, manufacturers must optimise productivity by minimising processing. The highly efficient NC code-based hyperMILL VIRTUAL Machining simulation solution enables manufacturers to do just that.

Through added networking and virtual mapping of the actual processes, machining operations can be reliably evaluated, checked and optimised before running the job. The Center, Optimizer and CONNECTED Machining modules of the simulation solution help to decisively step up communication between the hyperMILL CAM suite and the machine tools.

The core solution draws on cutting-edge postprocessors that offer extensive simulation and analysis options based on the NC code following the postprocessor run. The optional Optimizer module offers functions such as automatically choosing the best setting from the wide range of possible tool angles for multi-axis processing. The CONNECTED Machining component implements a bi-directional communication path between the machine tool and the CAM workstation, allowing for an interactive dialogue between the program and the machine.

Actual machining operations, including transition movements are mapped virtually, thus allowing for a comprehensive simulation. Machine simulation is carried out with a defined machine model, taking into account the workpiece and tool as well as the tool holder, fixtures and clamps.

For any machine shop that wants to reduce lead-times, programming times and on-machine cycle times, visit stand H17-620 at MACH 2018.