cncKad enables you to specify the exact tooling your turret holds, thus ensuring your NC code will run smoothly on the machine.
You can define tools for specific stations in the turret using a graphic interface, allowing you full control over tool selection.
In addition, the LASTSET option is available for effective tool management.
The LASTSET Feature
This is a representation of the exact tool arrangement in the machine and reflects the turret setup of the last NC.
The LASTSET file is an alternative to the "whiteboard" often found next to machines, which machine operators use to update the current tools in the turret.
Since it shows which tools are currently available in the machine, the LASTSET feature is useful in two important ways:
- It automatically calculates which changes the machine operators must make in the tooling in order to produce the next part.
- It helps the engineers in tool selection when processing parts – different tools may often be used for the same job, and intelligent selection helps minimize tool changes (i.e. time).
A graphic representation of the turret can be shown; it contains tools with their assigned station number:
Alternately, the setup file can be shown as a list:
For some machines, it is possible to see a linear representation of the turret: