Just Hit the “i”
Brad Klippstein 03.02.2016
Every time I rent a car when traveling, I’m faced with the task of learning how to operate whatever vehicle I’m given. Where are the wiper settings? Is there a locking mechanism for the gas cap? How do I turn off this annoying classical music that’s on the radio right now? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a quick reference button that could give me a 1 minute tutorial on the car’s features? I don’t need the full-blown manual; I just want to be aware of the critical functions that allow me to drive the car! I definitely plan to talk Ford and Chrysler into implementing this.
But in the meantime be assured that your Okuma machine tool already has this capability built-in. The “i” key, located at the bottom left hand corner of the screen display on your OSP control, offers built-in program guides, alarm codes, data settings and other helpful features to aid in your manufacturing process.
No Need to Be Alarmed
Pressing the “i” key with an alarm present brings up the Help Screen. Guidance and troubleshooting information will be displayed for the active alarm, helping you understand why the alarm has occurred and the required steps to resolve the issue.
More Awesomeness of the “i”
Without an active alarm, pressing the “i” key takes you to the Pocket Manual or Help Guide. The user can select options for machine or file operation, data settings, formatting programs, and alarm lists. Each of these options easily navigate the individual through basic control features and settings. Select a programming guide, and the illustrations walk you through examples of creating a program with explanations about parameters and relevant machining drawings. Look up G codes, M codes, Alarm numbers, System Variables, and Mnemonic codes with the built-in search function on the left side of the viewing area. With OSP suite, (our newest generation of CNC control technology) you’ll see a reverse look-up function included as well. In that case, just type the desired function into the search bar and all of the associated G and M codes will be populated for you. That’s a pretty effective search function!
Help is One Button Push Away
The “i” key is only one of the many powerful features that make OSP controls so easy to use, with support right at your fingertips. Help is just one button push away on the OSP control. So whenever you run into an alarm, or you need clarification on how to perform a specific task, know that you have an on-board guidance system readily available to help out.
Brad Klippstein is Controls Product Specialist, Okuma America Corporation.