Conversational Programming Feature Now Standard on Select Okuma CNC Machines
Okuma America Corporation, a world-leading builder of CNC machine tools, announces that select machines from Okuma’s core product line now come equipped with the Advanced One Touch-Interactive Graphics Function (AOT-IGF), a conversational programming software designed for Okuma’s lathes, machining centers and multitasking machines. AOT enables shops to easily create simple part designs without the need for highly-trained programmers, achieve faster setup times, and increase machine productivity.
Maximize a Machine Tool’s Full Potential
With AOT onboard, a highly-intuitive graphical user interface provides step-by-step instructions that guide operators through the process of selecting material type, tooling, processes, and cutting motions for the desired part design. From there, the system then simulates the cutting process in a 3D graphical view before exporting the NC (numeric control) program. Using AOT to create custom programs allows shops to maximize their machine tool’s full potential, while eliminating concern regarding correct program syntax.
Advantages of Using Advanced One Touch
A key benefit of AOT is that it allows shops to get the most out of their machine tools while avoiding typical manufacturing pitfalls. Specifically, it allows users to:
- Easily create and edit part designs directly at the machine tool
- Follow step-by-step instructions to streamline the process of selecting material type, shape, tooling, processes and cutting motions
- Import 2D drawings straight into AOT using the DXF (drawing exchange format) import function
- Simulate the cutting process and show a cutting time study
- Program conversational files and run the NC (numeric control) code
- Import NC code straight into AOT from CAM (computer-aided machining) systems or other programs
- Automatically post program notes for future reference
- Perform a process restart from the conversational file, making it easier to re-run features without knowing specific line numbers to restart from
Shops that do not currently have AOT installed on their machines can give Advanced One Touch a try by downloading a free 60-day trial. The trial version is for use on a PC and will provide an interactive preview of the functionalities and benefits of the software. For more information and to download the free trial visit Okuma’s AOT webpage.
Related Glossary Terms
Cone-shaped pins that support a workpiece by one or two ends during machining. The centers fit into holes drilled in the workpiece ends. Centers that turn with the workpiece are called “live” centers; those that do not are called “dead” centers.
- computer numerical control ( CNC)
computer numerical control ( CNC)
Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.
- computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)
computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)
Use of computers to control machining and manufacturing processes.
- conversational programming
Method for using plain English to produce G-code file without knowing G-code in order to program CNC machines.
- multifunction machines ( multitasking machines)
multifunction machines ( multitasking machines)
Machines and machining/turning centers capable of performing a variety of tasks, including milling, drilling, grinding boring, turning and cutoff, usually in just one setup.
- numerical control ( NC)
numerical control ( NC)
Any controlled equipment that allows an operator to program its movement by entering a series of coded numbers and symbols. See CNC, computer numerical control; DNC, direct numerical control.