CncGcoder® In The Press

"We've combined the Palm Zire handheld with truly unique programming applications to create a very robust productivity tool for our customers. The follow-on opportunities to expand on native and future handheld functionality including web and wireless are very exciting."


-Harry E.M. Brandicourt

Director, Global eBusiness

    Some of the most notable press appearances of the CncGcoder®.

Kennametal Packages palmOne Handhelds with Machining Applications to Increase Customers’ Performance and Productivity


Challenge

    What do you get when you take 3,000 palmOne Zire handhelds and package them with a Secure Digital (SD) card containing a "killer" application for your industry along with additional productivity software? Kennametal Inc. has found that they have many happy customers as a result of this recent brainchild, which is making it easier for their metal-tooling customers to program their machines.

     Kennametal is a premier tooling solutions supplier with headquarters in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The company provides its customers with a broad range  of technologically advanced tools, tooling systems and engineering services, aimed at making customers more competitive. The use of the unit will also increase overall plant productivity up to 5 % with an investment of under $800.00.

     The company serves a number of end markets, including aerospace, automotive, construction and farm machinery, power generation and transmission equipment, home appliances, and oil and gas exploration. Kennametal was founded in 1938 by metallurgist Phillip M. McKenna and today is represented in more than 60 countries around the world.

    A key part of the company's business is making indexable inserts blades that go into machine tools that cut and shape metal for a variety of uses. These large machine tools use a numeric sequencing program, called a CNC (Computerized Numerically Controlled) program. These straightforward programs tell machines what sequence of steps to take in creating a part. There are basically three ways this is done; shops either use a distributed network (DNC), putting all of their machines on a network so that they can

send programs between machines, or they take a PC and plug into its serial port to transfer the programs, or they program each machine manually.

     "Kennametal has always been at the cutting-edge when it comes to innovation and technology in our industry," says Harry E.M. Brandicourt, director of Global eBusiness for Kennametal. "Our slogan is 'Engineering your competitive edge,' and in that spirit we are constantly looking to bring new and improved tools and capabilities to our customers. Working with our partner, RBR Machine Tools, we saw an opportunity to program machine tools in a more lean and productive way."

Solution

    Kennametal and RBR realized that handheld computers are on the technology cutting edge, so they began to look at providing a handheld tooling solution. RBR developed CncGcoder®, a program to transfer CNC data to and from machine tools and a Palm device and to manage machine tool control profiles using a palmOne handheld.

     Now called the Kennametal Mobile, it's a complete system for shop floor backup, download, transfer, and editing of CNC machine tool G-code programs. G-code is a standard that's used in 85 percent of the machines throughout the world. The other 15 percent of CNC machine tool programs use the Mazatrol language, a proprietary code developed by Mazak Machines. Kennametal now offers a solution for both standards.

     Kennametal purchased 3,000 palmOne Zire handhelds and has packaged them with SD cards that include this new application. With Kennametal Mobile, a machine shop programmer connects to a machine control with the CncGcoder ® on the handheld (via the RS232 port) to easily upload programs, and it's a much faster way to program. The Kenametal Mobile will work with every CNC or PLC controlled tool used in manufacturing. The units are currently in use by over 2,000 companies—including 50% of the top 500 manufacturing companies in the world.

     The company also added a number of additional applications to help increase their customers' productivity. These include machining and tapping calculators, a grade cross-reference program, a turning grade advisor, and geometry cross-reference. All of these tools help machine shops more easily carry out their work on a daily basis.

    " The Kennametal Mobile solution based on palmOne Zire handhelds offers one of the easiest and fastest ways for our customers to program and manage their machines."

Harry E.M. Brandicourt

Director, Global eBusiness

Kennametal Inc


Solution Summary

•The CncGcoder® on palmOne handhelds offers a low-cost alternative to guard against DNC downtime and network limitations.

•The connection between the palmOne Zire handhelds and machine tools is easy and straightforward. It's plug-and-play.

• Applications and reference guides on the SD cards provide an easy way to look up information, rather than carrying around stacks of books.

• The SD card provides a non-perishable library, so customers won't ever lose programs.

• With 1,000 CNC machine profiles pre-configured within the CncGcoder on the palmOne handheld, communication parameters only have to be set up once. Users can create setups for machines, jobs, customers, departments, operations, or shifts, making management of Gcode programs easy to integrate into any manufacturing process.

• The CncGcoder on the palmOne handheld has a built-in, one-button HotSync process that backs up the entire CncGcoder.


Technical Highlights

•palmOne Zire handheld with standard palmOne software and features

•16 MB SD Card with Kennametal Mobile software:

o CncGcoder ®

o Turning Grade Advisor

o Grade Cross-Reference

o Geometry Cross-Reference

o Machining Calculator

o Tapping Calculator

o Grade advisors

• palmOne docking station with USB and serial port

• Programs selectable in seven languages

• RS232 interface cable

• Desktop software & digital photo


Contact Info

Kennametal

http://www.kennametal.com


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Article taken from palmOne™ website Success Stories on 10-05-04

www.palmone.com/us/enterprise/studies/study79.html

New game in town

By Sara Tambascio, Associate Editor


Handheld KMobile device calculates machining parameters, downloads G-code


    In days past, selecting the grade, geometry, and shape of cutting and turning tools required much research and many mathematical equations. The K Mobile handheld from Kennametal strives to solve tool and grade selection problems and to optimize machine uptime. 

January 2004

The K Mobile is built into Palm Zire 71 handheld PDA hardware and runs six software programs that were developed by Kennametal. Those programs assist in communications with machine tools and recommend machining parameters such as the most productive speeds and feeds and the most effective insert for a specific operation. The product was debuted at EMO Milano and was launched in North America in December.

    “We came up with this idea to help the industry focus on lean manufacturing, to become more efficient and productive,” says Randy Brown, director of global market management for Kennametal. “By eliminating the need for people in the plant to have to go to reference publications that are usually volumes of pages, we’ve begun with some of the very common formulas and applications they look for and put them in the palm of their hands.”

    One program, called cncGcoder, allows the user to upload, download, edit, and backup G-code programs and more than 1,000 CNC machine profiles. The PDA connects to a machine’s CNC control through a cable or wirelessly through infrared ports on the control and the PDA.

    “For shops that do not have DNC, this allows them to directly download G-codes onto this Palm, and then transfer that G-code to their programming computer, and vice versa,” explains Brown. “And for customers that have new machines coming into their facility, they don’t have to wait for their maintenance group to hardwire their controls. They can get started immediately by using the Palm to download G-code and transfer that information where ever they need to.”

    The Machining Calculator automates industry standard published information on starting conditions for machining. Two screens of user input lead to recommendations for machining starting conditions. The Tapping Calculator is a one-screen application. Users enter cutting or forming tap size, and the program gives recommendations for drill size and feed and speed for the tap. 

“The challenge is to get the programs in as few screens as possible, so the product doesn’t require several steps to go through,” says Brown. “The other key is that it’s intuitive for the user.”

    The handheld device also gives information on selecting the correct grade for the cut. The product’s Turning Grade Advisor takes information on the work piece material being cut, type of cut (smooth or interrupted), and negative or positive geometry, and the program will suggest Kennametal applications to increase speed and feed, grade, and chip control geometry. 

    For those looking to improve productivity in turning grades, the Grade Cross-Reference function compares and converts competitive turning grades, either Kennametal’s or other brands’, to more high-performance Kennametal grades. The Geometry Cross-Reference program also compares inserts, but this time by geometry. 

    The K Mobile also contains all the standard features of a PDA: date book, address book, and notepad. The expansion card slot can store files, snapshots, MP3s, and multi-media files. 

    A built-in digital camera has a 640x480 maximum resolution and automatic exposure. “We’re working on programs that will allow the camera to work in combination with setup optimization activities. That will be coming soon,” says Brown. 

    The company has plans to release more machining programs and formulas in the future, internally developing them along with the help of input from current users. Feedback from the first users has been positive.

    “Many customers see value in having solutions in a mobile setup, where they can use them and transfer them around the shop in a PDA platform,” says Brown. “They like the mobility and the metalworking-specific applications.” 


Kennametal 

www.rsleads.com/401tp-204

New Borders For Swiss-Type Turning

The traditional niche may be too narrow. This shop uses sliding-headstock lathes for jobs that wouldn't normally be run on this type of machine


By Peter Zelinski


    ...The benefit is flexibility, Mr. Chenevert says. A shop that doesn't depend on CAM software also doesn't have to depend on a small number of programmers (probably just one or two people for a shop Swissline's size) to send any job to the shop floor. Instead, with shopfloor personnel skilled at NC programming, any of a variety of employees can begin working on a job at any time. Also, if an NC program has to be changed because there is a problem with the program, or because the customer made a design change, an employee running the job can make that change without delay. The flexibility is particularly important on Swissline's shop floor, which runs round-the-clock in order to meet tight lead times on short-run jobs. With the programming function spread out across the shop floor instead of being centralized in the office, it's less likely that an employee will have to wait until morning before a needed program change can be made.

September 2002

Excerpt from Cover Story

please read full article at

http://www.mmsonline.com/articles/090201.html

NC files are moved to and from the Swiss-type machines using a personal data assistant engineered for this purpose

    An automated tool dispensing system provides controlled, 24-hour access to tooling. The unit takes the place of an attended tool crib, capturing more detailed information about tool use than a crib could be expected to track.

    NC programs created at the CNCs are stored off-line in a separate computer, so any appropriate machine can use an existing program the next time that job is run. Thus the NC programs in this shop follow an unusual path. Instead of beginning in a PC and being downloaded to the machine tool, a program begins at the machine tool and moves in the opposite direction. Swissline's file management system doesn't simply send programs to machine tools, it draws them out as well.

    In the past, shop personnel moved these files by pushing a PC on a cart. Now they use a hand-held personal data assistant (PDA) outfitted specifically for this purpose. This unit is a product called "CncGcoder" available from RBR Machine Tools (Darien, Illinois). It consists of a modified PDA equipped with software for uploading, downloading and editing NC files. The accessory makes Swissline's method of file management easy to carry out....

Handheld CNC data storage 

  RBR Associates Inc. and CNCini, both of Darien, Ill., have developed a software program that runs on the Palm OS platform and turns a PDA into a data-storage device for CNC machine tools.

    The CncGcoder system backs up and edits CNC machine tool G-code programs. The software lets users define special settings for up to 1,000 different machines and allows for storage of up to 1,000 G-code

programs per machine. Users can edit programs directly on the handheld and perform backups by syncing up the information from the PDA to a desktop or laptop PC.

    The system is in place at Parker Hannifin Corp., where the manager of manufacturing systems, Domingo Mojica, reports on the device's compatibility.

    "I am impressed by how easily it interfaces with most CNCs, no matter how old the machine is or the brand of control," he says.   

    The system is sold as a package including the handheld computer, all associated software, and interface cables.

tops in the shop 2001 

    The top inquiry-producing products of 2001 reflect the variety of requirements necessary for increasing productivity in today’s job shops. Here, in no particular order, are some of the interesting and useful offerings selected most often by Metlfax readers from the past year.

Feburary 2002

Excerpt tops on the shop 2001

please read full article at

http://www.manufacturingcenter.com/metlfax/archives/0202/0202tops.asp

CNC data storage device goes in your pocket

 

    RBR Associates and CNCINI have developed a handheld computer data storage device for CNC machine tools called cncGcoder. Running on the Palm-operating system, it is a tool for shopfloor back-up and editing of CNC machine tool G-code programs. The system is sold as a $399 package including the handheld computer, all associated software and interface cables. It easily interfaces with most CNCs (with a serial port), no matter how old the machine or what brand of control. Users can define unique settings for up to 1,000 different machines and store up to 1,000 G-code programs per machine. Tested on many CNCs of various makes and ages. RBR Associates, Inc. Machine Tools, Darien, IL. Circle 225 or visit www.rsleads.com/202mf-225


December 2001

CNC Codes in Your Pocket

 

   The cncGcoder is a handheld computer data storage device for CNC machine tools that provides shop floor backup and editing of CNC machine tool G-Code programs.  It also is useful as a personal digital assistant.  It easily interfaces with most CNCs that have a serial port.  Users can define unique settings for up to 1,000 different machines.  The cncGcoder allows storage of up to 1,000 G-code programs per machine.  RBR MACHINE TOOLS CIRCLE 183 for more information.

CNC data storage device goes in your pocket

 

RBR Associates and CNCINI have developed a handheld computer data storage device for CNC machine tools called cncGcoder. Running on the Palm operating system, it is a tool for shopfloor back-up and editing of CNC machine tool G-code programs. Designed for machine tool maintenance and programming personnel, these compact devices are useful both as a G-code tool and as a personal digital assistant. The system is sold as a $399.00 package including the handheld computer, all associated software and interface cables. It easily interfaces with most CNCs (with a serial port), no matter how old the machine is or the brand of control. Users can define unique settings for up to 1,000 different machines and store up to 1,000 G-code programs per machine. Users have the ability to edit programs directly on the handheld and/or back-up programs on a personal computer. Tested on many CNCs of various makes and ages. RBR Associates, Inc. Machine Tools, Darien, IL.

September 2001

Hand-Held Programming Device


    The CncGcoder HD is specifically designed to meet the demands of the shop-floor environment for machine tool maintenance and programming users.  It is ideal for backing-up, editing, and transferring CNC machine tool G-code programs, and features an easy-to-use, PC compatible file system that allows users to store and organize G-code programs in unlimited directories.  An integrated SD slot offers limitless memory capabilities and enables the user to directly transfer the files between the CncGcoder and any PC.  The product includes a CNC serial cable for reliable connections on the shop floor, and has a CNC-style layout for the keypad for quick program edits.

RBR Machine Tools

Use InfoLINK 004-60501-218 or

Call 800-441-6180

May 2006

February 2006

Handheld designed for transferring CNC code


    RBR Machine Tools is introducing the newest model in its popular CncGcoder series, the CncGcoder HD.  The CncGcoder HD retains all of the productive features of the original  CncGcoder packaged in a rugged handheld specifically developed to meet the demands of the shop-floor environment without any increase in pricing over previous CncGcoder models.

    Designed for machine tool maintenance and programming personal, the CncGcoder HD is a rugged handheld unit for backing-up, editing, and transferring CNC machine tool GCode programs.  The new CncGcoder features an easy-to-use, PC-compatible file system that allows users to store and organize G-Code programs in unlimited directories. An integrated SD card slot offers limitless memory capabilities and enables the user to directly transfer the files between the CncGcoder and any PC.

    The CncGcoder HD handheld is liquid, dust, and shock-resistant and is designed to withstand a four-foot drop without damage. The included CNC serial cable uses a heavy-duty, screw-in connector for reliable connections in the shop.  A CNC style layout for the keypad allows quick program edits.  The high capacity rechargeable battery enables hours of continuous use between charges.

    The complete package includes the handheld unit with the CncGcoder software preinstalled, the RS-232 serial cable, battery charger, and is backed by a full warranty. Visit www.cncgcoder.com for more information on a special discount that is available to all existing Cncgcoder users that want to upgrade to the CncGcoder HD.

    For more information, Tel:630-971-8729; Web: www.cncgcoder.com

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