With industry moving towards embracing the technology advancement of Industry 4.0, manufacturing company DMG Mori aims to improve machine tool operation efficiency through remote maintenance, operation status management and accurate failure prediction for machines, using networking, software and sensors.
DMG Mori’s Celos operating system can handle a company’s automation systems through a network, which is essential for unmanned operations.
The system simplifies and accelerates milling and turning processes from conception to the finished product. It also offers a conversational automatic programming function, which enables operators to create programs easily through data input.
Celos can also monitor sensor information and checks machine information such as the temperature of the hydraulic equipment and the oil chiller, and the tool management system that supports efficient machining.
As Celos does not depend on control systems or technology, machining manufacturer and DMG Mori South Africa distributor Retecon machine tools sales representative Franz Studer explains that the Celos operating system optimises the interaction between human and machine.
This interface, he notes, enables consistent admini- stration, documentation and visualisation of order, process and machine data.
“Celos simplifies the process and holistically improves the profitability of production. Production is based on the unique connection of the machine to higher-level company structures,” Studer enthuses.
He adds that the quick operation and setup allow for significantly higher productivity.
“Celos is available for remote computer use as well, thereby enabling operators to be in control of the entire production and manufacturing process.”
It also enables operators to create and manage orders and assign them to machines, as well as monitor all machines live. Further, the early reporting of outstanding maintenance activities boosts productivity, as unscheduled downtime is avoided, and improves production flow.
Meanwhile, DMG Mori’s universal milling machining centres – which use the Celos operating system and are available in up to 5-axis machine centres – represent a new era in the workshop for the training, laboratory, fixtures and tool industry, ensures Studer.
They allow for versatility, as the centres have a highly stable, but portable, design, which “offers maximum precision and the highest dynamics”.
The DMU210P universal machining centre, which forms part of DMG Mori’s machining centre range, was demonstrated at an open day event held at mechanical engineering company Titanus Slew Rings’ facility in Germiston, South Africa, last month.
The machining centre assists customers from different industries – such as construction, aerospace and mining – with any automation or maintenance requirements.
The machining centre’s optimal accessibility of the working area through its standard Celos operating system, as well as its range of spindle variants, was demonstrated at the event.
The centre has an amortisation period of up to ten years.
Studer points out that the machine is greatly simplified, standardised and automated, which makes the machine centre faster and more reliable, with its applications assisting operators in preparing, optimising and processing production jobs without any errors.
In addition to drilling and milling, the machine centres can also carry out turning operations in the same setup of the workpiece.
“The combination of milling and turning guarantees maxi- mum precision and shorter machining times. The innova- tive applications are supported by numerous helpful options and features in the software and hardware,” Studer explains.
Software features, which form part of the machining centres, include detecting, controlling and monitoring imbalances, automatic speed adjustment based on computer vibration and measurement cycles for laser-measuring sensors that calibrate the measuring sensor in the working area, as well as tilted turning with A and B axes.
Additional software features include the pivoting of long tools into the workplace; grinding cycles for calibrating the dressing station and grinding wheel; standard mill-turn cycles, such as grooving or undercutting, chip breaking and thread cutting; and using up to nine multi-edged tools and milling or tool measurement.