Within the devolpment of milling processes the customer most frequently lays emphasis on cycle time reduction.
Therefore, SWSTech is continuously dealing with cycle time optimization issues and has already spent a lot of efforts into this topic in the past.
The optimization process can be divided into the following sub tasks:
- Development of a suitable machining strategy
- Definition of the degree of automation and of the auxiliary equipment needed
- Definition of the clamping concept on the machine tool
- Adjustment of the roughing process to the overall stability of the configuration
- Optimization of material removal and idle runs during roughing (Vericut OptiPath®)
- Development of a finishing strategy taking the geometry constraints into account; often 5-axis simultaneous milling strategies form part of the process
- Selection or design of finish cutters
- Programming of finish paths with smallest machine axis acceleration values, avoiding idle runs, and with reduction of axis compensation moves during 5-axis simultaneous milling
- Optimization of tool change sequence
A time optimization always requires a program testing and optimization run on the respective machine or a similar machine that the process is developed for.
If such a machine should not be available in SWSTech it is possible to have the tests carried out on the customer's machine.
SWSTech provides a complete process documentation.
SWSTech may demonstrate the final process on the customer machine on demand.