As compared to traditional APT-based simulation systems, which simulate the programmer’s planned tool path, CE allows for a more meaningful simulation that represents how the machine tool will react to the MCD output that was generated from the post-processor.
Deploying Virtual Machine as an integrated package enables the user to run simulations on a per operation basis during the NC programming session, resulting in a significant reduction in NC programming time.
CE also provides a powerful validation method allowing users to determine the association between MCD and specific operations within the NC program and allows for specific modifications to the CATIA CATProcess depending on simulation results.
CE reads MCD to emulate the actions of CNC machines and controllers and provides users with the following advanced functions:
- Validates the accuracy of the MCD
- Verifies the actual tool path as described by the MCD
- Tests the MCD for machine / tool / part collisions
- Allows users to compare the design part against an MCD-based material removal part simulation
Control Emulator Benefit Highlights
Integrated inside CATIA
CATIA users may graphically simulate and test NC programs for collisions and over-travel before the MCD is implemented in a production environment.
This unique "single workbench" capability allows programmers to avoid and correct programming errors that may have resulted in costly machine tool collisions and defective parts.
In addition, CE accommodates an "in-process" or "on-demand" CATIA / CE simulation environment vs. the existing multiple process loop currently offered by independent competitive solutions.
Benefits include improvements to NC programmer productivity and manufacturing process efficiency.
Seamlessly Integrated with CAM-POST
ICAM CE is fully integrated with CAM-POST, ICAM’s leading edge NC post-processor developer; therefore, users may employ advanced features inherent to CAM-POST such as Macro Tracing, Call Stack Status, Input and Output Stepping and NC Variable Watching and Modification.
ICAM CE / SIEMENS VNCK Integrated with Virtual Machine
The SIEMENS Virtual NC Kernel (VNCK) product deployed in conjunction with
ICAM's Control Emulator (CE) allows for the simulation of all the advanced features
and functionalities of the SIEMENS SINUMERIK 840D Controller. VNCK contains a
virtual copy of the SINUMERIK CNC encompassing a NC kernel motion logic which
uses the same motion algorithms used by an actual 840D Controller; subsequently,
VNCK enables NC programmers to reliably emulate NC programs with regard to
cutting conditions, axes movements, collisions, work piece geometry and motion
behavior of CNC machine tools equipped with a SIEMENS SINUMERIK 840D Control.
Efficient Post-Processor and Controller Emulator Development
CE may be created from existing post-processors generated by NC manufacturing experts utilizing CAM-POST. In this case, CE is generated at the "Start-Up" or at "Run-Time"; subsequently, all post-processor data modifications are reflected automatically in the CE.