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Powermill Robot brochure - .PDF file.

At the JEC exhibition in Paris, France, on 11–13 March 2014, Delcam will demonstrate how simple it is to program complex robot machining operations with its Powermill Robot CAM system.

Robots programmed with Powermill Robot are used in the marine, aerospace, rail and wind energy sectors of the composites industry for the manufacture of models, patterns, moulds and fixtures for component manufacture and for the finish machining of composite parts.

According to Delcam, robots can be extremely cost effective for the production of larger items of tooling and for the trimming and drilling of composite panels. The working area can be extended with linear tracks and rotary tables for even greater flexibility over the size and types of parts that can be manufactured.

Powermill Robot is said to make it as easy to program a robot for machining as it is to program a five-axis machine tool. Furthermore, with Powermill Robot, users have access to the multi-axis machining strategies within Powermill and can use all the system’s project management options to manage, store and retrieve data quickly and easily.

Delcam will be found on Stand S67 at the JEC exhibition.

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Key features and benefits

  • The core functionality of Powermill Robot consists of three main steps: programming; simulation (including analysis); and creation of the robot programs.
  • Powermill Robot can be used to simulate the complete machining operation and to control the robot’s movements through different variables, such as axis limits, axis priorities and workplane constraints. Various aspects within the configuration of the robot cell, such as axis limits, tool constraints and home position, can be defined, and the simulation of the robot completed within those constraints.
  • The robot’s working envelope can be displayed to optimise the position of the part or initial stock, and so give maximum access to the material. The maximum range of movements required of each axis can be viewed to analyse the robot’s behaviour and movements throughout the operation.
  • Any issues that may prevent the toolpaths from being completed successfully are highlighted, with notifications of the robot potentially reaching axis limits, singularities and collisions. Graphs display the axis limits, wrist singularity and axis reversals to give a better understanding of how the robot will move. Similarly, the acceleration and deceleration of the robot’s axes are shown on time-based graphs.
  • Once the results of the simulation have been reviewed, and modified if necessary, the program can be output in the appropriate robot native language, for example Kuka, ABB, Fanuc, Yaskawa Motoman or Stäubli equipment, eliminating any need for third-party translation software. Acceleration, smoothing values and other robot-specific parameters can be defined as part of the output. Full support for external axes, such as rotary tables and linear tracks, can be included as well as dedicated tools for spindle calibration.

Delcam supplies software and services that help manufacturing companies to maximise their profitability by increasing productivity, improving quality and reducing lead times. The company is the world's largest specialist supplier of computer-aided machining software, with its PowerMILL, FeatureCAM, Partmaker and ArtCAM programs making up the most comprehensive range of CAM systems from any developer.

This broad selection allows Delcam to offer a CAM system capable of machining virtually any product, in any material on any type of equipment. Delcam also develops product design, tooling design and quality control programs. The unique Tribrid Modelling approach to design incorporates solid modelling, surface modelling and triangle modelling in a single program, enabling complete design and reverse engineering projects to be undertaken without transferring data between software.

Delcam's Powerinspect offers fast, reliable comparison of parts, prototypes and tooling against CAD data on all types of inspection equipment and even on machine tools. This versatility has made it the world's leading hardware-independent inspection software. Related programs are available for checking machine tool set-up and part location. Delcam software is used in over 80 countries worldwide by around 40,000 organisations, from large multi-nationals to small sub-contractors, in industries including aerospace, automotive, dental, engineering, footwear, medical and toolmaking.

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