Marposs Corp. has announced its Ready2Probe software application to assist CNC users when programming cycles for measuring and checking components and tools using Mida spindle probes, lasers, TBD (Tool Breakage Detector) and VTS (Visual Tool Setter). Using simple-to-understand icons and menus, Ready2Probe assists users in commands and codes to generate the measurement cycle within seconds, based upon the machine tool part program. This helps to reduce programming time and errors when generating G code while improving quality assurance.
Ready2Probe is a Windows-based application that is compatible with the CNC control interface or a computer. Upon initiation of the Ready2Probe program, users can interact with all of the Mida products. The user then selects the from a calibration, automatic or manual cycle. The software then prompts the user to input cycle time information along with an option to input additional requirements. A macro string is then generated from this information, which the user can copy or automatically transfer into a part program. If needed, the user can also write the macro directly into the CNC by clicking a single button.
The software is so intuitive that even a person with minimal knowledge of Marposs measuring cycles can use it. In addition to Windows availability, the software application is being developed for use on smart phones and tablets. Mobile applications are already available for FANUC CNC users’ running Android 4.1 and up and iOS 10.0 or later, offering easy accessibility on the shop floor.
Related Glossary Terms
Checking measuring instruments and devices against a master set to ensure that, over time, they have remained dimensionally stable and nominally accurate.
- 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.
- quality assurance ( quality control)
quality assurance ( quality control)
Terms denoting a formal program for monitoring product quality. The denotations are the same, but QC typically connotes a more traditional postmachining inspection system, while QA implies a more comprehensive approach, with emphasis on “total quality,” broad quality principles, statistical process control and other statistical methods.