We have a problem, many of our customers know the CIMCO product because of it’s prolific Editor. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to be a re-seller of the top NC Editor on the market. The product sells itself and many people who contact us are ready to hand over some of their hard earned cash without asking a single question. They already know that the backplot feature will help them validate code they output from their cam software. They also appreciate the NC-Assistant and how it allows them to automatically generate complex g-codes while coding by hand. Or maybe they have dual channel machines and they love the dual channel support. Regardless of their “must have” features, one thing is certain, they may not realize that CIMCO does a lot more than just produce the worlds greatest NC Editor. In fact they probably don’t realize that CIMCO produces high quality flexible products that solve a lot of today and tomorrows problems experienced by a typical precision manufacturer:
- Knowing if their machines are making them money and if not, why not
- Communicating with a wide variety of CNC machines
- Efficiently controlling manufacturing data in one place paperlessly with full control over permissions
- Integrating all aspects of their shop floor software with their ERP or MRP system
Data Collection using CIMCO MDC-Max
There are some incredibly talented individuals who can easily decide which machine to run a particular job on. Or when it’s time to replace that old vertical mill with a horizontal. Then there is the rest of us. For us we use machine data collection to help make those decisions. We learn what our average cycle time is by part, machine, operator and shift. We know when their is a bottleneck not because we happen to be in the right place at the right time but because the report tells us exactly how bad it is. We know their is a training issue before an operator has to confess that they are having a hard time setting up a certain job. We have the big picture of how we stack up against industry standards of Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE). We know all this because we use the flexible and mature CIMCO MDC-Max product to give us actionable data and produce more parts in an informed fashion by using the right machines and replacing machines that are no longer making us money. With both web and windows clients you can also support an environment that is not just Windows workstations including Mac OSX, smart phones, tablets and anything that can run a web browser on to access live screens and operator panels.
Communications using CIMCO DNC-Max
When you need to send and receive files to your CNC machines, you might just use a USB stick, a network drive, some basic DNC software like the one built into CIMCO Editor, or even a floppy drive if you have some very old equipment. Each method has it’s drawbacks and efficiency challenges. Without getting into all the merits an downsides of each method, let’s state the obvious one. They are all different. Chances are you have one or more CNC machines in your facility that you use a different method to send or receive files from. It doesn’t have to be that way, DNC-Max will allow you to consolidate all of your machines on one platform. Before you invest in hardware to allow you to communicate with an individual machine, keep in mind for a very limited cost you can add almost any machine to a DNC-Max installation. More importantly, you will be able to take advantage of translators that allow you to alter files, add specified code or comments based on that machines unique needs or even alter the nc code to adapt to extra features that are available such as conveyors. Like MDC-Max there is also a web capable client for any device that can run a web browser.
Controlled Paperless Manufacturing Data Management using CIMCO MDM
Many of the main software vendors support the precision manufacturing industry can deliver NC-Editing, DNC communications and machine data collection. That list shrinks when you add paperless manufacturing, production data management or manufacturing data management to the list. The list shrinks even further when you take a deep dive into the features of other data management products and compare them to CIMCO MDM. CIMCO MDM is the most powerful and flexible product on the market. By offering deep integration with CIMCO DNC-Max, MDC-Max and a number of CAM software such as Esprit, Top Solid Cam, Edgecam, Solidcam, Mastercam, and others it uniquely positions CIMCO MDM as the best product to use to implement paperless manufacturing into your environment from top to bottom – sales, quality, engineering, and production. Like DNC and MDC-Max MDM also supports web clients to simplify access to the system using any PC or tablet..
Integration with your MRP and ERP software
Beyond the family of CIMCO products what good would it be if you couldn’t integrate with existing software that is central to your business? Why should you have to re-enter data multiple times or create new entries for data that is already available? With a specialized but wide spectrum of products CIMCO has always built their products with integration in mind. They offer a number of great avenues to utilize outside data and offer the capability to push and pull data from these systems and access outside programs in effective ways. By utilizing a real database and offering an API and OEMLink solution integration with just about any system is possible. Systems like SyteLine, JobBoss, Microsoft Dynamics and others are documented to reduce duplicate entry and take advantage of information that is available without user intervention.
The Multiplier Effect
The more CIMCO products you utilize the capabilities increase for each product in the food chain. For example if you use CIMCO DNC-Max and CIMCO MDM you gain the control to prevent files being sent to a given machine that have not been explicitly approved and verified by an individual with the rights to do so. When using CIMCO MDC you gain the ability to automatically update the livescreen based on the last program that was sent. The tight integration and wide range of products means you have one vendor to work with to resolve a number of different production enhancements. How many of you have bought a PDM software from one vendor and MDC from another only to find out that it is extremely complex to integrate the two? Seamless integration is possible by taking advantage of the range of CIMCO products available to you.
You might have guessed this article doesn’t even cover everything available in the CIMCO world. Among the other products available:
- CIMCO CALC 2D Cad/Cam for CIMCO Editor
- Mazatrol Mill and Turn Viewer for CIMCO Editor
- CIMCO NFS/FTP Servers
- CIMCO NC-Base
- CIMCO Post Processors for Mastercam
These products are not addressed in this article but all play key roles in solving common problems that many precision manufacturers face.
No Cookie Cutter Please
One size never fits all, and it’s boring too. Technology moves very rapidly often generating new opportunities today that didn’t exist yesterday. It is what makes this industry fun and rewarding to us. With everything we’ve already described there is a entire additional world when you share your unique problem with us. That is an opportunity for us to have fun and satisfy your requirements at the same time. If you’re being told something can’t be done, it probably means that person or group just doesn’t want to do it. Give us a call at +1 925-272-0384 and let’s talk about it. At the end of the process we’ll both be better off for it.