Collision Avoidance: 5 Keys that Make it or Break it (Video)
To achieve an efficient manufacturing process, it’s essential to have a system for preventing CNC machine collisions. In this video we review the keys to creating a collision-free environment. If you set up your models correctly, you’ll find that a collision avoidance system is as easy to use (and effective) as the back-up alarms in your car.
5 Keys to Effective Collision Avoidance
Once you have a collision avoidance system on your CNC machine, there are five models that must be addressed. Check out the video to learn about setups for:
- Accurate machine models (if you have an Okuma, these are provided along with your CNC machine)
- Accurate models of workholding – chucks, jaws, collet systems, etc.
- Accurate models of tooling – both toolholders and the actual tools
- Accurate models of raw material
- Models of all CNC machine accessories
Putting on the Brakes
When it comes to cars, some will even apply the brake (in addition to audio and visual alarms) if you’re about to run into something. That’s what Okuma’s Collision Avoidance System (CAS) does – it stops the CNC machine before mayhem ensues. Okuma’s CAS works in all three modes: automatic, MDI and even manual mode, which can be the place where most crashes happen. And, when you have accurate models in place, it’ll all work seamlessly.
Is your collision avoidance making it or breaking it? Feel free to comment below or contact us to find out how to make your manufacturing more efficient. And send us your ideas for future video blogs – we’re here to help!
Jeff Estes is Director of Partners in THINC, Okuma America Corporation