Are You Up To Standard?

 

CNC program control is vital to quality control, consistent production standards and, ultimately, to business continuity.

It is not enough to back up the programs from the machines and simply overwrite the old version.  More and more engineering customers and auditors are asking for a program revision history with full traceability.  Indeed the latest Aerospace AS9100 Rev D standard released last year, and now in force, insists on this.  The most recent FDA standards also make this a stipulation.

Yet we often visit companies without any formal method of controlling their CNC programs and who openly admit they have multiple variations of the same program from different operators or programmers.  Some machines are loaded by memory stick, some by RS232, some by memory card and, quite often, there is no recent backup of the machine memory at all.

Where companies do have a formal method, they are only keeping the current, proven, program without any audit history.  This is no longer sufficient and is beginning to affect more and more precision engineering companies.

So let’s be really clear here.  If you use CNC machining methods and you provide a sub-contract service for any of the larger Aerospace, Medical, Military or Motor companies they will insist that you adhere to the same standards.

That’s where Cambridge Numerical come in. We have a solution from Cimco, the world’s Number One DNC software company, and it is called NC-Base.

NC-Base controls program flow to all your CNC machine tools and makes sure that every program change is logged and fully audited.  CNC programs sent back from machines are compared and quarantined automatically for review by a supervisor.  CNC operators can only ever access the current, proven program.  Every single version of a program is kept and can be restored and when the auditors visit they can print a revision history and audit trail for all programs.

A few years ago this was niche software used by a few big companies.  Since 2014 it has become the largest selling product in our portfolio.

For more details on how NC-Base can provide you with the solution you’re looking for, or to discover what else we can do for you and your business call us on 01480 468 639.

 

 

 

Cambridge Regional College (CRC) testimonial

Cambridge Regional College (CRC) is the top Further Education College in the country for 16-18 year-old level 3 student achievement and a leading apprenticeship provider, with 3,000 full-time students and more than 3,800 apprentices currently in training.

They were looking to provide their apprentice engineers with an easy to learn and full featured software package to assist them in teaching the engineers of the future.

CRC decided on Cimco Edit, CNC-Calc and the Fanuc NC-Guide Machine Simulation Software to train their students.

 

Gas Arc Testimonial

Gas Arc are a world leader in the production of gas control systems to the oil and gas industry as well as the medical industry.

Gas Arc used to have systems in place that were manually controlled and retrospective.

A decision was made to look for an automatic solution that would enable them to organise and control their CNC files and give them versioning and traceability control in real time, they also wanted real time machine information, so they could be proactive on decisions regarding their production and machine management.

Gas Arc decided on Cimco Edit, NC-Base, DNC-Max and MDC-Max as a complete solution.

 

Did You Know….?

 

Cambridge Numerical Control was established in 1981 as a supplier of programming stations for CNC machine tools via paper tape.  Our first system was released on a Shelton Signet twin floppy CPM PC with no graphics capability and was called TapeMaster.  We supplied the PC, TapeMaster edit software, a printer, plotter and an M42 punch unit for creating the paper tapes.  The complete package cost over £8,000 (which was a lot of money in 1981) and our first customer was British Rail Engineering.

Scroll forward 37 years and we still supply software for CNC program generation and management – but the price is less in actual money and far less in real terms.

Cimco Edit does everything the TapeMaster software did, has full graphics backplot, verification and simulation and sells for £450.  Truly a testament to how most things are now far cheaper in real terms than they were nearly 40 years ago.

We still supply a complete solution if required and our products range from Cimco Edit, DNC (program transfer to CNC machines), programme revision control (for ISO, FDA and BS approvals) to machine data capture (MDC) for managing your CNC machines and generating OEE statistics.

We also design and develop custom solutions for our customers based upon our standard products and can integrate our solution into your existing ERP systems to capture machine job times, part counts and machine efficiency.

We are continuously investing in new technology and methods and we are a forerunner in Industry 4.0 by connecting older legacy machines to internet and cloud based systems.

We are passionate about up-skilling engineers for the future and have recently released our CNC Training Room – providing state-of-the-art machine simulators for common machines so CNC programmers and operators can learn to use the machine.

To find out how we can help you, call us or email us at sales@cnc.uk.com

 

Breaking News…

Cambridge Numerical Control (CNC) will be exhibiting in an all-new, custom built stand at the MACH Exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC from the 9th – 13th April this year.

For those of you not in the know MACH Exhibition is the outstanding showcase for advances in the manufacturing industry and is brought into being by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), of whom CNC are also a member.  The exhibition attracts over 25,000 visitors representing the whole of the UK manufacturing industry and we would love to see you there.

 

We have taken a large central space in Hall 17 and have dedicated it to the unique solutions we have for precision engineers, manufacturers and those working in education.  We will be demonstrating:

NC-Base – the professional choice for CNC Program Management

MDC-Max – a real-time machine data collection system

Training Room – empowering you to train the engineers of the future

Amongst the wealth of information that you can gather from us, for FREE, at the MACH Exhibition we will be showing you how we can give you a minimum of 3% increase in productivity through the installation of our systems software.  To put that in perspective, in most cases we’ve worked on, that’s a payback time of just 3 months and tens of thousands of pounds in extra profit year-on-year.

What are you waiting for?!  Register now, for free, here: https://registration.n200.com/survey/01szps9u32noe

MACH Exhibition 9th – 13th April 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham.

We are in Hall 17 on Stand: H17-665.

Come and discover what we can do for you.

 

 

DNC-Max Installation at Rexnord Aerospace

Rexnord

 

 

 

 

Our company was looking for a back-up system for all the programs we use in our machines, CNC, Grinders, Gear Hobbers, Gear Cutters etc. When I called Cambridge Numerical Control, I was passed on to Allen Lawrence. He listened to what I was asking for and arranged a visit for the following morning to do a site survey. He explained everything to me, walked round our whole site and knew exactly what was needed. I had 2 quotes by e-mail that same afternoon offering me 2 different solutions. Nothing was too much trouble and any questions were answered straight away.

Allen made me feel at ease and was very patient with me as i knew very little about DNC Networks. DNC-Max and NC-Base was the suggestion and looked the perfect solution for our company, now and in the future and giving us the option to add to at a later date if we wished too. CIMCO Edit was already being used by most of our associates and a newer version was available making things even easier to do with added extras. The bonus was also little or no training was needed. The equipment needed turned up when they said it would.

The installation was started on time and worked first time too. One of our departments was a little more complicated than we first anticipated but Allen and Graham stayed late to try and find a solution. Even though they wasn’t able to figure it out on-site in the specified time, they took a copy of our files to work on back at their head office. We came to an agreement on the extra time needed to finish the installation we were all happy with. The whole teams attention to detail, understanding, knowledge and helpfulness was outstanding and I have great pleasure in endorsing there work and products. This was my first project and I can’t thank Allen and the team enough. Cambridge Numerical Control are always there when I have a question and respond extremely quickly. All I can add is they were fantastic and we will continue to work with them in the future.

Wayne Saunders, Project Lead – Micro Precision Gear Technology Limited (Rexnord Aerospace) Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Recommendation from Customer

Evans Eng LogoOn the occasions I have phoned Cambridge Numerical Control for support I have usually got through straight away but if they are busy they have always phoned back within an hour. What I like about their support is that they understand the principles of machining. Their approach is always to find a work around so I can get the job up and running. They can always remote into my computer and see exactly what the problem is and provide a solution. If it’s a post processor problem they normally fix it remotely and then I know that the problem is solved for the future. I would not hestiate to recommend Cambridge Numerical Control as your supplier for FeatureCAM.

 

Chris Evans
Evans Engineering NW Ltd

FeatureCAM Training

Training RoomCustomers recent comments on our FeatureCAM Training courses

” Training went really well, all information received clear and understood, I am now very confident with FeatureCAM and grateful for all the help ”

” The FeatureCAM training was enough that I would be confident in using it to create programs straight away. ”

” For the level of course I attended the structure and content were very suitable, this now gives me a solid foundation to work from, well done Cambridge. “

Turbo Solutions Ltd – FeatureCAM

 

Turbo Solutions Logo 2I invited Cambridge Numerical Control to demonstrate FeatureCAM as they were highly recommended. During the demonstration they showed me how easy it was to program my turbine part. We then negotiated terms and they agreed that they would provide a working program for my turbine part as part of the deal.

True to their word the program was provided within the required time scale. However due to a machine control problem the part did not cut properly. Cambridge Numerical Control investigated the problem and came up with a solution to produce a good part with excellent surface finish.

Without the assistance of Cambridge Numerical Control I would have missed the deadline for my customer.

Thanks Cambridge for not walking away from a problem, you gave excellent service and I would certainly recommend your services.

Gary Hopkins
Turbo Solutions Ltd

Mills CNC

partner1Cambridge Numerical Control have recently complete FeatureCAM training for all of Mills CNC pre-sales and application engineers. All their engineer’s now have laptops with the latest version of FeatureCAM to enable them to program their full range of Doosan machines. They will also be using FeatureCAM to provide customers with more accurate time studies.