The evolution of technology within the machinery industry drives key trends that continue to shape the competitive part production market. These differentiators include highly automated CAM, synchronized part production and additive manufacturing. These topics are all touched on in our first podcast of the Digital Part Production (DPP) series.
Listen to this second DPP podcast, taking a deeper dive into one of those differentiators: highly automated CAM.
Joining us are engineering experts Rahul Garg, Vice-president of the mid-market program at Siemens Digital Industries Software, and Sashko Kurciski, senior marketing manager for Siemens Part Manufacturing Software portfolio.
Part manufacturers use CAM software to program CNC machine tools and robots to perform machining operations using the 3D model of the production component. This process uses various machining methods such as milling and turning, wire EDM and others. These specialized and highly sophisticated machines use these applications. Defining the machining operations in CAM software is called NC programming, and it is critical to the production process because it connects manufacturing engineering and production.
Also, NC programming is changing digital designs into real products that impact the overall manufacturing efficiency to:
- Affect how much time and effort is spent on generating programs for CNC machines.
- Ensure creating advanced operations to accelerate the machining processes, thus helping to avoid errors in production.
- Maximize the resource utilization for machines that are costly investments.
All these areas are all directly impacted by CAM software and affect manufacturers’ bottom line, whether it be small parts suppliers or large multi-national OEMs. Also, highly automated CAM solutions allow companies and manufacturers (OEM or parts suppliers) to automate the NC programming step.
Modern CAM systems provide the ability to automatically recognize and program the entire part – called feature-based machining. The system analyzes the part, finds the features, picks the right cutting tools and creates complete machining processes – an enormous time-saver. Therefore, it not only saves time but delivers consistencies. And, modern CAM systems provide additional ways to automate processes, like using specialized operations to minimize input or capture and reuse the company expertise to provide standardized processes – the power of highly automated CAM systems.
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About our experts
Rahul Garg is the Vice President for Industrial Machinery & SMB Program, responsible for defining and delivering key strategic initiatives and solutions and global business development. He and his team are responsible for identifying key initiatives and developing solutions for the industry while working closely with industry leading customers and providing thought leadership on new and emerging issues faced by the machinery industry. Rahul’s experience and insight are derived from 25 year career delivering software-based solutions for product engineering and manufacturing innovation for the global manufacturing industry, spanning a career in R&D to program management, sales and P&L management and having focused exclusively on the industrial machinery and heavy equipment industry since 2007.
Sashko Kurciski is a senior marketing manager at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Sashko leads the marketing of the part manufacturing software solutions to help companies transform their production processes through digitalization. He has been in the CAD/CAM/PLM software industry for over 20 years.