Hexagon Simulation Software Optimizes Machine Processes

Originally titled 'Simulation Software Optimizes Machine Processes'

Eastec 2019: Hexagon’s NCSIMUL software features “digital twin” process models that fulfill customer demands for higher production rates and sterling product quality.

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NCSIMUL software’s “digital twin” process models fulfill customer demands for higher production rates and sterling product quality. The virtual models correspond with the shop floor processes and enable operations to be simulated, tested and altered to avoid possible problems and downtime and while also facilitating process optimization.

The software from Hexagon Production Software works with ISO NC machining codes to simulate, verify and optimize machining programs based on specific parts, tooling and machine tool characteristics. Three-dimensional graphics help prevent crashes while complex algorithms and embedded process-based knowledge enable optimization of cutting conditions. The software is said to reduce time spent debugging programs, eliminates the risk of spindle collision, tool breakage and scrap, and improves cycle times, process efficiencies and machine utilization.

It investigates and corrects coding errors, simulates to detect collisions and correct motion errors, and validates the machining results. The software also monitors production transfers, tool management and machine status. It is said to reduce preparation times by as much as 70 percent.