Adapting STEP-NC programs for interoperability between different CNC Technologies

Mehrdad Safaieh, A Nassehi, S T Newman

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Since the 1990s, complex multi-axis and multi-process machines with complex controllers have been commonplace for the efficient batch production of precision parts that incorporate various technologies such as milling, turning, grinding and laser cutting. With this level of complexity, interoperability between different resources and technologies in CNC metal cutting machines has always been difficult. For dealing with this difficulty in interoperability, researchers started to identify an efficient way of realising interoperability between CNC machine tools with different technologies for machining the same component on various CNC machines. STEP-NC is a rich information standard developed to replace the traditional programming languages used for CNC machines. The aim of this paper is to propose a methodology based on the use of STEP-NC to develop a framework for cross technology interoperability. A prototype implementation of the framework is tested by converting a STEP-NC programme written for a 4-Axis milling machine to one suitable for a turn-mill machine.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event37th International MATADOR 2012 Conference - Manchester, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Jul 201227 Jul 2012


Conference37th International MATADOR 2012 Conference
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom


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