Lathe controller helps operator structure the program
Heidenhain’s CNC Pilot 640 lathe controller features smart.TURN, which is a dialogue guidance system that helps the operator structure the program and define technology data, machining strategy and global data settings. In addition, the CNC Pilot 640 has options for full-surface machining with C- or Y-axis and dual-spindle operation. Fast data transfer and communication with outside devices are also possible with this lathe control.
End-user features include the complete support of the opposing spindle during automatic work-plan generation in the TURN PLUS mode, better definition of the cut-off point and pick-up devices and an enhanced fixture dialog. Also, the ICP editor allows the parameterization of holes and threads by the user when including contour elements.
In the DIN Plus mode, cycles can be assigned to contour sections and functions can control special machine components. DXF- and other externally created files can be imported and tested in graphic simulations.
Another benefit of the CNC Pilot 640 is that it has an add-on for multiple drilling and milling processes on the end face and lateral surface which is usable in one machine setup. The lathe control also has a teach-in mode for simple, non-recurring tasks, rework or thread repair. All this is complemented by a comprehensive tool and technology database that takes account of tool wear, turret assignment and all other parameters that define tools and workpieces.
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