OPEN MIND Technologies AG, developer of hyperMILL CAM software, has recently completed NC postprocessors for many Mori Seiki machine tool models. These developments include on-machine testing at Mori Seiki Technology Centers and further review and confirmation by Mori Seiki's Digital Technology Laboratory (DTL). These postprocessors are available to connect hyperMILL software to Mori Seiki mills and mill-turn machining centers.
OPEN MIND has worked closely with Mori Seiki for several years, achieving Mori Seiki's high standards for postprocessor development. For the NMV-series, NT-series, and NL-SY series machines, OPEN MIND hyperMILL customers can now obtain uniform, proven postprocessors. These were developed by OPEN MIND's centralized postprocessor team in its Wessling, Germany headquarters, and implemented with additional assistance from OPEN MIND field application engineering staff in partnership with Mori Seiki operators at various Mori Seiki facilities.
OPEN MIND has a strong postprocessor philosophy centered on a fixed core with a broad set of configurable parameters. With this approach, OPEN MIND customers have the assurance provided by the experienced development team, yet the flexibility to activate/deactivate various control functions or customize header and trailer command sequences. OPEN MIND postprocessors use advanced machine-control functions such as tool center point management (TCP), dynamic fixture offsets, and allows functions such as canned cycles on frames (tilted workplanes).
OPEN MIND also provides a consistent environment for mill-turn applications, where milling and turning machining cycles can be used within one job and in any sequence. Various program utilities such as in-process stock models, tool database, simulation, and machine postprocessors can work in a uniform environment with combinations of milling and turning cycles.
Mori Seiki engineers have partner licenses of hyperMILL in many offices in Japan, USA, and other countries. These engineers can utilize hyperMILL software (and postprocessors) to help with machine selection studies, customer time studies, and part runoffs.
Mori Seiki is one of the largest, most well-respected machine tool manufacturers worldwide and provides a wide range of machine models and sizes. Machine types include, but are not limited to, basic milling and turning machines, high-end 5-axis machines, turning centers, and mill-turn machines. OPEN MIND's Alan Levine states, "Machines like the NMV model are engineered and built exceedingly well, have large axis ranges and user access, and have both high power and high speed characteristics."
OPEN MIND Technologies has a large installed base of customers using the 2.5D, 3D, HSC, and 5-axis functions. The 5-axis technologies include a strong mathematical basis for collision detection and collision avoidance analyses. There are also specialty machining strategies for dedicated applications such as multi-blade turbomachinery parts, single-blade turbomachinery parts, cylinder head porting, and tire molds.
OPEN MIND has always had a history of providing integrated CAD solutions which is especially important in the mid-range market sector. To support this sector OPEN MIND offers its CAM solution hyperMILL® as a fully integrated version in SolidWorks® and has achieved 'Certified Gold Product' status by SolidWorks Corporation. OPEN MIND also has an integrated version for Autodesk® Inventor™, as well as offering hyperMILL as a standalone system in its hyperCAD® platform that is based on the think3 kernel.
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