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    CNC automation

    Automatic manufacturing of single parts and small series with Tebis Automill® 

    In modern manufacturing companies, NC programs for CNC machine centers are no longer created by conventional means with individual manual operations by an NC programmer on CNC controls and CNC programming systems. Instead, a CAM system like Tebis evaluates the digital CAD part model and accesses a previously stored structure of digital representations of the company's manufacturing environment and the manufacturing knowledge stored in templates in order to calculate the NC programs. This lays the groundwork for automated CNC programming and highly efficient manufacturing.

    Tebis Automill

    This is how CMC automation with Tebis works: 

    Your NC programmers first use process libraries containing your machines, controls, tools and clamping devices as individual digital objects. Your Tebis software therefore knows your specific manufacturing environment in detail (virtual machines = VM, clamping devices = Clamp).

    Still more: NC templates also contain your optimized manufacturing knowledge and enable standardized work and automatic functions for your NC programming (technology packages = TP).

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    Real manufacturing situation and virtual simulation with digital twins for machines

    The NC programmer uses NZ templates containing proven manufacturing sequences as well as appropriate tools, machines and clamping devices from the process libraries stored in virtual form. This enables Tebis NC programs to optimally adapt to the manufacturing environment and to detect and avoid collisions in advance during programming.

     

    Knowledge base with your own proven manufacturing knowledge
    Fast learning curve for employees during NC programming
    Low error rate
    Reliable and efficient NC programs
    High degree of collision protection
    Minimized idle toolpaths
    Optimized path speed
    Standardized and automated work
    Shorter programming time
    High manufacturing quality

    Automill process libraries: The basis for CNC automation

    The process libraries specially developed for your company can be used simultaneously for all your Tebis workstations, regardless of their number.

    Fertigungssequenz eines Turbinenrads mit optimal kurzem Fräswerkzeug

    When calculating NC programs, Tebis accesses process libraries with:

    • Virtual machines
    • Virtual tools
    • Virtual units and clamping devices
    • Individually adapted postprocessors
    • Geometry templates for design and manufacturing preparation (features)
    • Standardized NC sequences for frequently used manufacturing standards (NCSets)
    • NC templates for the same or similar manufacturing tasks (Job Managers)
    • Templates for NC documentation

    The manufacturing environment and manufacturing knowledge are stored in these process libraries 

    We archive your process libraries on request and provide them for downloading with every new release. Of course, all of your process libraries can be protected from unintentional disclosure to third parties. 

    For representing your machines in your Tebis CNC programming environment. These ensure reliability in the CNC automation environment. Detailed digital twins of your actual machining centers and robots are generated from our large inventory of catalog machines. The virtual model includes the machine geometry, additional equipment, kinematics, limit switches, dynamic parameters for axes and drives and much more.

    • Your manufacturing planners use the virtual machines for feasibility testing and for precisely determining machining time.
    • Your NC programmers use the virtual machines to define appropriate setups and to check the calculated NC programs for collisions and limit switch problems, up to spontaneously switching an entire manufacturing project to a different machine.
    • Postprocessors use information from the virtual machines when outputting the NC programs in the control format.
    • Machine operators simulate the machining operation based on actual machine kinematics.

    For representing your tools in your Tebis CNC programming environment. The virtual tools include all geometric properties, proven and optimized cutting data and groups of tools in magazines. 

    All tools are supported, including modern high-performance HPC, HFC and circle-segment cutters.

    For representing your actual clamping devices. This enables NC programmers to unequivocally specify the setup. This prevents collisions with clamping devices that would require renewed NC programming. The clamping devices include all geometric and technical properties.

    For outputting the calculated toolpaths in the special format of your CNC controls. Depending on their design and complexity, you’ll require an individualized postprocessor for each of your machines. These are available for milling, turning, laser cutting, turning/milling and for robots (with more than 5 axes). Tebis implementation technicians use available catalog postprocessors to create your individual postprocessors to your exact specifications.

    Use geometry templates, also known as features, for automatic NC program calculation of standardized manufacturing objects like bores, toleranced fits, planar surfaces and pockets. Each feature can be associated with the right manufacturing sequence.

    Features are included in your CAD manufacturing files via the intelligent feature scanner and by manual insertion.

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    Automation: The Tebis feature scanner provides the part with the appropriate NC features. NC programming is then fully automatic.
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    Time savings: The Tebis feature scanner analyzes the part and recommends the relevant features for installation. 

    For representing standardized manufacturing sequences of several NC calculation functions linked to each other with information on strategies, tools and calculation parameters.

    For representing and saving all NCJobs in all setups that result in manufacturing of the part.

    Job Managers with all setups and all NCJobs can be reused as templates for the same or similar manufacturing tasks. The use of intelligent Job Managers is extremely efficient. The automated functions provide significant time savings for NC programmers. The NCJobs contained in the intelligent Job Managers automatically identify the geometry to be manufactured using the stored information on tool use, strategies and cutting data. 

    These are needed to document your NC programs for your shop. They can be output in XML format or as a PDF file for printing on paper and for viewing on-screen.
    Tebis implementation technicians use the inventory of catalog templates to program your individual templates to your exact specifications for more CNC automation in your processes.

    Industry 4.0 requires digital processes

    Switch to CNC automation and embark on the road to Industry 4.0. We digitalize your process with our services. Your machines, tools and clamping devices are then part of your Tebis installation. The same applies to templates with proven methods, machining parameters and cutting data. This relieves your employees of repetitive tasks, accelerates routine work and reduces manufacturing time and errors.
    Our application engineers have optimized our customers’ manufacturing processes in over 2,000 projects, which has advanced CNC automation.

    Digital manufacturing knowledge

    We evaluate your processes and manufacturing methods for standards, derive templates from these and integrate the knowledge in your Tebis installation. You’ll optimize your programming and machine capacity.

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    Digital manufacturing environment

    We prepare exact virtual models of your manufacturing environment. This way your Tebis installation knows all about your machines, tools, units and controls. The flow of information from design to manufacturing is transparent, and this provides a solid foundation for further automation.

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    Preparing CAD models for manufacturing

    The better a CAD model is prepared for NC manufacturing, the less time and effort needs to be invested in NC programming. In many cases, NC programming can proceed automatically in Tebis.

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    Process consulting

    We support you in reducing your project processing time and expenditure for individual work steps. We work together to improve the flow of information, the processes in NC programming and the productivity of your machines.

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