MDSI upgrades five-axis machining software

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Manufacturing Data Systems Inc. (MDSI) has released OpenCNC Version 6.2, said to increase machine performance by up to 25%. The latest release also extends five-axis machining and probing capabilities.


Ann Arbor, Mich. - Manufacturing Data Systems Inc. (MDSI) has released OpenCNC Version 6.2, said to increase machine performance by up to 25%. The latest release also extends five-axis machining and probing capabilities.

The OpenCNC software architecture combines multi-axis interpolation and servo update in one process or interrupt, resulting in higher cutting speeds and improved part quality. The software also provides high-speed machining through adaptive look-ahead, a method of dynamically adapting cutting speeds based on part program tolerances and machine dynamics. In Version 6.2, MDSI has built upon both of these features and also enhanced the servo algorithms - resulting in increases in cutting speeds of up to 25% over the previous version of the OpenCNC software.

'Our high-speed and five-axis aerospace customers in particular have been very appreciative of the performance levels they're achieving with our OpenCNC software,' says James R. Fall, president and ceo, MDSI. 'This latest 6.2 release of our software continues our leadership in five-axis machining.'

Also in Version 6.2, MDSI expanded Rotary Tool Center Point (RTCP) compensation capability, which enables programming from the center point of the cutting tool for five-axis machining. This eliminates the need to re-post process part programs when the tool length changes, thereby reducing set-up time. By providing rotary axis compensation, which automatically compensates a five-axis machine for parts that have not been mounted in the center of a fixture, part set-up time is reduced.

In addition to the standard probing capability bundled with OpenCNC since 1993, Version 6.2 users gain sphere probing, slot probing, and inspection probing cycles. The ability to output probing results through MDSI's patented Significant Events technology gives manufacturers the ability to improve part quality by implementing lean manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques.

Among several other technology improvements, OpenCNC Version 6.2 also includes:

  • The Yaskawa Mechatrolink digital drive interface for Yaskawa servo, spindle, and digital/analog I/O products.

  • Real-time deterministic Ethernet I/O, which is included as a standard item in OpenCNC. The MDSI real-time Ethernet I/O has been running in production at select MDSI customer sites for over a year, but now in Version 6.2, it will be included at no extra cost for all MDSI customers.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Gary A. Mintchell, senior editor

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Controller programming; Safety networks; Enclosure design; Power quality; Safety integrity levels; Increasing process efficiency
Additive manufacturing benefits; HMI and sensor tips; System integrator advice; Innovations from the industry
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me