Tech Tuesday: Mill Turn Sync Programming Information for CAD-CAM

Posted July 17, 2018 4:50 pm   Published by    BobCAD-CAM ">

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This document is a compiled list of information about how different machine tools program for multiple turrets and how they handle the syncing for those turrets in your CAM software. Let’s take a deeper look at what the codes are and how you can implement them into your daily workflow.

Ganesh Machines with Mitsubishi 700 Mill Turn Controller

Ganesh CNC machine
The controller reads 1 NC program file that contains 2 sections ($1 and $2).
$1 = Upper Turret
$2 = Lower Turret
All operations for each turret must output into the correct section of the NC file.
The machining sequence is handled by using sync codes. Both sections will contain sync codes that match one another and indicate how the operations are to be run with each other.
The following pseudo-code program will illustrate this format:
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Sync Code Format
The sync code format used is “!L1”. The String prefix is the “!L” and the “1” is the sync code number.

Doosan Machine Tools

Doosan CNC machine
All Doosan machines with multiple turrets are handled by the Dual Path control. This means that each turret has its own NC program that gets loaded into the controller. Each program only addresses a single turret’s operations. Sync codes are used in all the programs to set the sequence in which they should be run.
BobCAD machine order sync codes for CNC software
*UT= Upper Turret | LT= Lower Turret | MS= Main Spindle | SS= Sub Spindle
 
Sync Code Format
The machining sequence is handled by using sync codes. All files will contain sync codes that match one another and indicate how the operation sequence is to be run. The sync codes used are M900 through M999. The increment can be any value. You are not restricted to incrementing by 1.

Mazak Machines

Mazak CNC machine
The controller reads 1 NC program file that contains 2 sections (G109 L1 and G109 L2).
G109 L1 = Upper Turret
G109 L2 = Lower Turret
All operations for each turret must output into the correct section of the NC file.
The machining sequence is handled by using sync codes. Both sections will contain sync codes that match one another and indicate how the operations are to be run with each other. The following pseudo-code program will illustrate this format:
BobCAD machine order sync codes for CNC software
 
Sync Code Format
The sync code format used is “P1”. The String prefix is the “P” and the “1” is the sync code number. The available sync code range is P1 through P999.
They also have M950 through M980 to be used as sync codes. Use the “P” codes.
You are not restricted in the increment of the “P” commands. You can use them in any order or any increment.

 

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Okuma Mill Turn Machines

Okuma CNC machine
The controller reads 1 NC program file that contains 2 sections (G13 and G14).
G13 = Upper Turret
G14 = Lower Turret
All operations for each turret must output into the correct section of the NC file.
The machining sequence is handled by using sync codes. Both sections will contain sync codes that match one another and indicate how the operations are to be run with each other.
The following pseudo-code program will illustrate this format:
BobCAD machine order sync codes for CNC software
 
Sync Code Format
The sync code format used is “P1”. The String prefix is the “P” and the “1” is the sync code number. The available sync code range is P1 through P999.

Samsung SL-25 ASY

Samsung CNC machine
The Samsung machines with multiple spindles are handled by the Dual Path control. This means that each lathe spindle has its own NC program that gets loaded into the controller. Each program only addresses a single lathe spindles operations. Sync codes are used in all the programs to set the sequence in which they should be run.
BobCAD machine order sync codes for CNC software
*UT= Upper Turret | LT= Lower Turret | MS= Main Spindle | SS= Sub Spindle
 
Sync Code Format
The machining sequence is handled by using sync codes. All files will contain sync codes that match one another and indicate how the operation sequence is to be run. The sync codes used are M220 through M250. That’s all I have for you this Tech Tuesday; thanks for reading, see you next week!
 
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Tech Tuesday: Mill Turn Sync Programming Information for CAD-CAM
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This document is a compiled list of information about how different machine tools program for multiple turrets and how they handle the syncing for those turrets.
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