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New Solutions for Job Shops, Aerospace and CNC Training

June 11, 2008
Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc. (www.siemens.com) offers new products and services under the theme “Productivity in Motion.” For the job shop, new versions of Siemens’ ShopMill and ShopTurn software packages were developed to allow users ...

Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc. (www.siemens.com) offers new products and services under the theme “Productivity in Motion.”

For the job shop, new versions of Siemens’ ShopMill and ShopTurn software packages were developed to allow users to achieve higher productivity and simplicity, and greater speed. The software features step-bystep, on-screen programming, to enable job shops to respond to customer demands by reducing programming, tooling and production times.

The new SINUMERIK 802D controller line is an operator panel-based control system that combines the numerical control (NC), the programmable logic controller (PLC) and the human machine interface (HMI) in a single unit. It has the capability of fiveaxis machining (two of which may be spindles) and is designed for the low- and medium-range milling and turning machine markets.

For the aerospace market, the new SINUMERIK 840D controller line features the SINAMICS S120 drives that can be used for up to 31 axes. It is a distributed, scalable, open and inter-connecting system offering a wide range of specialized functions for milling, drilling, turning, grinding and handling technologies.

SinuTrain, the Siemens package of CNC training software on CD-ROM, is designed to run on Windows XP operating systems. It provides machine tool control-identical simulation training.

Until Sept. 30, 2008, Siemens is offering the complete SinuTrain package of Siemens SINUMERIK CNC versions 802D/810D/840D/840Di, including the training keyboard, for $1,200. Additionally, other

SinuTrain program components are being offered at discounted pricing until Sept. 30, 2008. SinuTrain provides mill and lathe operators practical hands-on experience, prior to using the CNCs on their actual machines. With SinuTrain, actual NC programs are developed and simulated, using a direct connection to the company’s CAD systems to further speed the program generation protocol. In this way, the company said operators learn the control language commands and also visualize part programs on a PC screen that is identical to the actual machine screen. As a further benefit, Siemens said programs generated through SinuTrain on the PC software can then be used on the machines.

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