The THINC®-OSP-P300—An Overview
If you’ve ever wished for a CNC control that comes close to reading the operator’s mind, you should give the new THINC-OSP-P300 a try. With its transformation from a mode-based to a process-based intuitive interface, Okuma’s P300 is a dramatic change from the old functional layout. It’s a change for the better, with a new feature that combines functions into one “EASY OPERATION” run screen.
In older mode-based controls, the user is required to move from screen to screen to input settings, which is a time-consuming and repetitive process. For example, users must go to the Zero page to set the zeros, then switch to the Parameters page to set parameters, and so on. With the P300, instead of back-and-forthing through five or six screens, you now have one EASY OPERATION interface, which centralizes data all in one place. The P300 creates additional efficiency with its new shared database, which shares data inputs across operations. Data that is input in one area of the control is automatically shared in other areas. With these new functionalities, redundancy of CNC control operations is greatly reduced, therefore reducing setup times. And, by allowing operators to be operators rather than spending time on programming, time resources are applied “where the money is”—in making parts.
The P300 is built using the Windows®-based, open architecture platform used in all THINC-OSP CNC controls. This fully open system makes it possible to easily install PC applications that allow for myriad conveniences right at the CNC machine location. Imagine handy access to tooling lists/setup spreadsheets, process documents, and how-to videos that assist operators in setup and operation. You can plug-and-play a USB caliper or micrometer to measure parts and electronically capture statistical process control data right on the CNC control – no paper, no mistaken readings. The P300’s standard PC-compatible Ethernet and multiple USB ports allow for easy integration between the factory floor and business communications channels. Remote access to machine alarms can be easily set up to deliver an immediate email alert to your mobile phone.
The P300’s open and fluid platform allows you to take advantage of new capabilities as they become available, without a costly CNC control overhaul. This provides a platform for customization and ongoing upgrades, empowering users to adopt the latest functionality as it becomes available. With an open door for continuous process improvement, lifetime return on investment is greatly increased.
The THINC-OSP-P300 Difference
- Intuitive EASY OPERATION interface allows you to complete most work from one screen, greatly reducing setup times
- Creates an operation system based on your operation workflow, without spending time on programming
- Shares tool data between functions such as One Touch-IGF and Collision Avoidance System, so you only need to input data once
- Open architecture enables easy connectivity to peripheral devices such as measurement equipment, and to interoffice business systems
- An easy setup to have the CNC control email your mobile phone when an alarm occurs
- Increases lifetime return on investment by allowing for addition of new capabilities over time —without a costly CNC control overhaul
What is the difference between a mode-based and a process-based CNC control?
With a mode-based control, you have to switch between screens to set-up and operate the various modes (zero machine settings, parameter settings, animation, etc.). With this process-based control, you do all your set-ups from one page. This reduces the number of screens to which you must navigate and makes set-up and operation more streamlined and faster.
What kind of apps (applications) can run on the THINC® OSP-P300 control?
Because the THINC control has an open-architecture and runs on a WINDOWS® platform, any application that can be written for WINDOWS can run on the P300 control with no additional hardware requirements. This means anyone can write and develop applications for improved efficiencies, control and information gathering. From barcode readers to custom-alarms and notifications, the possibilities are endless.
How does the OSP-P300 eliminate redundancies?
The P300 utilizes one database to populate programming, tool set-up, and the Collision Avoidance System. Compared to previous versions of the THINC control, which required separate databases for each of these functions (and thus separate set-ups), you can set-up the information one time and be done.
Does the OSP-P300 support MT Connect?
Yes, as do previous versions of the THINC control.