Blum-Novotest has launched FormControl V5, its latest measurement software that features new functions FormControl Automation and Alignment Function 2.0. This provides two valuable options for automating manufacturing processes in tool and mould making, the aerospace industry, medical technology and large-scale production while minimising throughput times.
The FormControl Automation option allows the automatic execution and logging of measurement jobs between and after machining steps without operator intervention. The measuring programs for the manufactured parts, created as usual in FormControl, are collected by the new option before being transmitted to the machining centre, which then automatically executes the measurement jobs and saves the results. After completion of the parts, the operator can transfer the measurement data back to the PC at any time and create the corresponding measurement protocols with just a few mouse clicks.
Meanwhile, the new Alignment Function 2.0 automatically corrects the workpiece position in up to five machine axes so that the workpiece and the CAD coordinate systems match exactly. With this function, the position of the workpiece is not changed; instead, FormControl generates a new, modified workpiece coordinate system, thus eliminating inaccuracies caused by poorly aligned workpieces and long setup times.
In addition to the new functions, Blum-Novotest’s FormControl V5 software offers many other opportunities for optimising the manufacturing process. For instance, FormControl ensures machining errors can be detected in the original clamping setup, thereby allowing immediate rework. This increases machining accuracy, lowers production costs and helps reduce scrap.
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