Discrete and Process Automation

Metrology Feedback Powering Adaptive Manufacturing

02 October 2018
Source: Applied Automation Technologies

A computer-aided part programming (CAPP) suite for automated manufacturing integrates with metrology equipment to enable adaptive manufacturing. The software suite receives critical measurements from metrology equipment in the cutting machine itself and adjusts tooling speed and position to lower production costs and increase part quality.

CappsNC software from Applied Automation Technologies supports offline programming and can remotely interface with any CNC machine tool. It operates the tool as a coordinate measurement machine, using metrology data to improve the machining process, a concept referred to as adaptive manufacturing.

The software suite allows multiple systems to work together. Machine tools, measuring machines, shop floor gauges and part-loading robots collectively supply the necessary feedback to improve performance through synergism. The operator simply specifies a program to run on one or several machines through a remote interface, while the feedback scheme allows tool corrections to be carried out in real time.

CappsNC integrates metrology into the manufacturing system. The system adapts to accommodate cutting tool offsets and changes due to temperature fluctuations. It carries out corrective parameters that are based on historical patterns, not just single measurements, which have proven to improve part quality and reduce production costs.

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