ToolRoom 15 Top Tips
New ToolRoom 2012 software has many new improvements for operators. Below we have some more tips about the new features. Find out how ToolRoom now makes it easier and quicker to design all the tool geometries you need.
1. A unique feature in the Dresser software is the Auto-Split function. Able to detect sharp corners in profiles, this function allows the profile to be split to enable specified dressing of the profile’s individual segment geometries.
2. When using the white stick for wheel conditioning, programmers can split 1 physical stick into 2 virtual sticks via the Dresser software, or turn 2 physical sticks into 4 virtual sticks. This further pushes the capabilities of white-stick wheel conditioning.
3. Achieving a correct K-land lip has been made easier with the introduction of the Auto Break function. Using the 2D editor in the K-land operation, the programmer is able to automatically split the K-land lip geometry into a specified number of edges at the point of highest curvature.
4. Profile software now includes a HOOK COMPENSATION – 3D CALCULATE option which enables the software to precisely calculate and grind the tool profile. This has multiple benefits. It eliminates the need to digitise the tool therefore enabling grinding of profiles on small tools where digitising may not have been possible. Benefits include enabling tools to be simulated before grinding and the ability to grind accurate profiles on the end-face. This option is available on the DETAILS 2 tab of the profile software.
5. Use the dialog boxes for quick access to coolant and wheel selections.
6. When moving between worksheets try using the FORWARD or BACK arrows, you will find it a lot quicker than closing one worksheet and then opening another.
7. If you dress multiple wheel profiles regularly, then ANCA’s Dresser software will save you time. The Dresser software now enables users to mount multiple rolls to maximise flexibility and minimise set-up times.
8. Turning on control points in any 2D editor highlights the start and end points of each element. The programmer has the ability to drag and drop these points, enabling mouse manipulation of the 2D geometry. This is particularly useful when editing something like the geometry for a custom walk. Control points also work with splines.
9. NC Functions are used to assign NC code to a parameter value instead of an explicit value. This enables a parameter to be set as a function of other parameter values. To open the NC Function editor right-click on a numeric parameter and select NC FUNCTION from the pop-up menu. To assign a function to a parameter first select the NC CODE radio button at the top of the dialog and enter the function. For convenience, a list is shown of other parameters in the operation. Select a parameter from the list to insert the corresponding variable into the function editor. NC Functions are particularly useful in creating template files.
10. The Custom Page, when created, enables almost any parameter to be displayed and changed in a single convenient location. The Custom Page is used to streamline the fine tuning of grinding parameters distributed across several operations. To add parameters to the Custom Page, right-click on a parameter and select the ADD TO CUSTOM PAGE command. The Custom Page will appear as a separate tab next to the COMMON PARAMETERS tab when the first parameter is added.
11. When re-sharpening it is common to have a group of similar tools with a different amount of resharpening required. This is where SET-UP LOADERMATE can assist. In iGrind, a master TOM file is created that forms the basis of all the tools. Edit the parameter(s) accordingly for each tool’s re-sharpening requirements, then from the UTILITIES menu select SET-UP LOADERMATE. In Loadermate, from the JOB menu, select IMPORT FROM IGRIND. Loadermate is then set for each tool with its relevant TOM file.
12. iPunch software now features a new Coolant Temperature Variation (CTV) operation. Released as patch number 47.15 for RN32.1, CTV helps to maintain correct tool size when external influences such as thermal fluctuations, vibration, loading and general wear can have an impact. CTV is useful when grinding large batches with a tight tolerance, or when it is not possible to control the operating temperature of the machine.
13. Template wheels can be created to enable user-defined default values for new wheels. Wheels can be inserted into the TEMPLATE tab by right-clicking on any wheel icon and selecting TEMPLATE. You then edit the wheel dimensions, properties and name the wheel. The new template wheel is then saved. It saves time for commonly used wheel geometries.
14. For zero shear tools a convertor is now available that enables programmers to convert between the hook angle and insert width. To use this feature simply right-click on the INSERT WIDTH parameter.
15. The number pad can be used to enter parameters. It is easy to use because you can put the number pad next to the parameters you want to change which is quicker than using the front panel keyboard. The number pad can be found on the UTILITIES (F11) drop-down menu.
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