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Stillam Adds Swiss-Style Machining CAM Software to its Software Solution Basket

Designed for Swiss-style CNC machining, programming, cycle time optimization and full machine and process simulation.

Stillam CNC Programming Solutions has announced that it has been appointed as the South African distributor of Esprit CAM software, a product which was created in 1982 by DP Technology and is now part of the Hexagon AB stable. Their customers are family machine shops, multinational aerospace companies and everyone in between, providing them with a highly adaptable CAM system.

“We have been looking to find a solution for our customers who have specific Swiss type CNC machines and Esprit has exactly that. However, Esprit does not only offer a solution for these specific machines. Esprit is a high-performance CAM system for CNC programming, optimization and simulation, supporting all classes of CNC machines through a common user interface and workflow. Using a digital twin of the CNC to simplify the programming process, Esprit provides G-code without modification. Combined with Esprit’s ability to solve workflow challenges with custom automation solutions, Esprit is the smart manufacturing solution for any machining application,” said Ryan Scott, one of the center’s founders. from Ikusasa CNC training, Stillam CNC programming solutions, B&R Metrology and Trading Places. , all companies involved in providing solutions for machining and metalworking environments.

“Their products are 2-axis 5-axis milling, 2-axis 22-axis turning, 2-axis 5-axis wire EDM, Swiss-type, milling and B-axis multitasking machines, simultaneous high speed 3, 4 and 5 axis toolpaths, on-machine inspection (probing) and additive direct energy deposition.

While growing, the company has maintained close partnerships with industry leaders in OEM machine tool manufacturing. These include GF AgieCharmilles, Citizen, DMG MORI, Doosan, Emco, Fanuc, FFG Europe, Haas, Hurco, Makino, Mazak, Mitsubishi Electric, Miyano, Muratec, Nakamura-Tome, Okuma, Romi, Sodick, ONA, Sodick and Tornos and tooling for Fraisa, Ingersoll, Iscar, Kennametal, Marposs, Mitsubishi Materials, Sandvik, Walter, Widia and YG1. Renishaw is also on the list of partners.

Stillam CNC Programming Solutions has announced that it has been appointed as the South African distributor of Esprit CAM software, a product which was created in 1982 by DP Technology and is now part of the Hexagon AB stable. Their customers are mom-and-pop machine shops, multinational aerospace companies and everyone in between, providing them with a highly adaptable CAM system

“Swiss-style CNC turning centers are commonly used to machine complex parts, in small batches, with many cutting tools, in a single setup. To provide programming, optimization and simulation specifically tailored to these machines, Esprit combines a full suite of milling, turning and inspection cycles with support for Swiss-specific machine components such as tailstocks , guide bushings, group slides and posts for tooling, secondary spindles and collinear axes. Esprit SwissTurn addresses the unique challenges of Swiss-type turning with versatile support for C-, Y-, and B-axis turning and milling, all in the same G-code program.

“From 3D CAD file to machine-optimized G-code, Esprit unleashes the full potential of the Swiss-style turning center. It meets Swiss programming requirements with a natural workflow powered by a full suite of milling and turning cycles, high-speed machining, and FreeForm cycles for simultaneous 3- and 5-axis milling. You can fine-tune cut paths with extensive control, minimize cycle times with multi-channel process synchronization, and reduce on-machine setup time with full machine and program simulation. Esprit is an all-in-one programming solution that produces zero-modification G-code for all classes of Swiss-type CNC turning centers.

“Esprit supports all of its machining processes on every conceivable machine tool configuration, covering a full range of machine types, including mill-turn and multitasking for up to 5-axis simultaneous milling. Not only does Esprit support a full range of all machine types, it also provides a full depth of functionality for every machining process so you can maximize your machine’s capabilities and get the most out of your investment in Machine tool.

“Hexagon AB is a powerful company that is active in many areas of manufacturing and life in general. The companies we represent fall under the Manufacturing Intelligence division. These include Edgecam, Alphacam, Radan and WorkNC and now Esprit. We can now offer a complete range of solutions for all machining and manufacturing operations beyond the metrology, measurement, training and recruitment services that we offer with the other companies in the group.

Asset Management Now Connects to 85% of CNC Machines in Minutes, Delivering Rapid Transformation of Shop Floor Operations
“Hexagon recently launched cloud-native CNC machine tool asset management, a program that connects to almost any machine tool, enabling machine shops to maximize their return on investment (ROI) at the same time. helping its real-time status dashboards with mobile operator alerts and allowing global manufacturers to analyze machine fleet usage across multiple plants. »

Esprit offers a CAM solution for specific Swiss-type CNC machines

“Increasing overall equipment efficiency (OEE) is every manufacturer’s goal, but without reliable information it can be difficult to identify improvements in machine shop operations. Purchasing a new machine tool will increase productivity, but few manufacturers are able to fully exploit the potential of these expensive assets, as critical information such as machine tool availability is often recorded via documents. or spreadsheets. This can introduce human error and data not being made available quickly enough for analysis and action.

“In operator-intensive departments, this lack of data presents challenges in assessing machine availability and performance over time. For unattended serial machining, timely performance information becomes critical because consistent historical data helps predict problems and plan operator inventions and maintenance. While OEE is based on the availability, performance and quality of a machine tool’s parts, it is difficult to accurately measure OEE without immediate access to comprehensive operating data.

“Hexagon’s SFx Asset Management application is already trusted by global manufacturers to improve employee productivity and utilization of Hexagon metrology devices, and now also records CNC machine tool operating data so teams can analyze and mitigate downtime. The application can be used by production personnel in manufacturing organizations to identify bottlenecks and optimize the use of CNC machines, and by management to measure the return on investment of these assets and identify valuable improvements of the TRS.

Asset Management Now Connects to 85% of CNC Machines in Minutes, Delivering Rapid Transformation of Shop Floor Operations

“Integrated with Hexagon’s cloud-native SFx platform, the application acquires and processes Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) data in real time to enable shop floor operators to access the state of the machine tool. Role-based access allows staff to access the status of required machines, so they can check program and usage information from anywhere using a computer , tablet or mobile phone. Customizable system alerts make it easier for an operator to monitor multiple machines and help build greater confidence in continuous production. The accompanying SFx Asset mobile app provides secure, mobile-optimized access to status alerts and KPIs without the complexity of a virtual private network (VPN).

“Machine tools only make money for you when they are running. It is therefore essential to report on the root cause and duration of downtime to react quickly and make changes if necessary. Examining historical usage data to see, for example, whether a cycle ran on schedule or whether a machine tool had to wait three hours for a setup is just as important as reacting to crashes. All of these factors contribute to the overall efficiency of a machine tool and when you have made a significant financial investment it is important to take full advantage of the technology at your fingertips,” said Greg Holdsworth, Product Manager senior for digital operations, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division.

“When a machine tool is down for any reason – such as maintenance, a collision, or waiting for materials or setup – a tag can be generated by SFx Asset Management to categorize the cause of the downtime Once the machine tool is running, the system automatically removes the tag and saves the new activity.Charts generated by the app display machine tool availability to simplify job planning and highlight usage over time, clearly identifying opportunities to improve productivity gaps.

“Any manufacturer can implement SFx Asset Management in hours by connecting a local server to the CNC controllers they use, which can be from any leading vendor. This includes Fanuc, Haas, Heidenhain, Mazak, Siemens, and anyone who supports popular MTConnect technical standards for CNC data exchange. Using a plug-and-play personal computer equipped with the Internet, SFx Asset Management server software efficiently connects multiple machines to Hexagon’s highly scalable native cloud platform. Any global user, regardless of location, can then immediately benefit from secure, role-based access to required assets and sites. »

For more details contact Stillam CNC Programming Solutions on TEL: 011 663 2600 or visit www.stillam.com