So since these boards are so quite these days, I wanted to start stirring up some conversation.
As a lot of you may know me, I am quite the inquisitive fellow when it comes to Pro/E and Pro/NC.
However, I rarely see the exchange of information and wanted to see if we could generate some things to talk about.
One area I am really interested in is the practices of users.
I'm in the process of setting up our company in the Pro/NC arena and have found there to be quite a few tools here and wanted to see if anyone really uses them. Along with that what are the benefits or the set backs in doing so?
First issue I have discovered..........
I am specifically concentrating on the milling department for the time being. I want to set it up as an incubator program and define the implementation. Currently we are just running 3-axis mills from (6) Maazaks (Mazatrol M Plus), (1) Kitamura (Fanuc 15-M) and one Makino V55 (Professional 3). For the most part the post that we use currently works for all the mills that we have in-house. I disagree with this a bit. I have run several programs that will run fine on the Maazak but error out on both the Makino and the Kitamura. I think the post processor has to be more defined, specifically, to that machine.
We are taking order on a new Willemin-Macodel 408B with a bar-fed system and a Fanuc 16i controller. This is really the system that I am looking to rock Pro/E on. We spent the time and money to have a post processor generated for this machine.
Issue #2: How much is too much?
I have seen several techniques for people who use Pro/NC. I'd like to see what the concensus is around these parts. Shop A only uses Pro/NC to set up the tool paths, not giving way to the usage of workpieces etc. Shop B utilizes a few more items, Vericut and workpieces, only using them as a visual aid. Shop C has the table modeled, all the fixtures and solid tools and holders and utilizing optimization tools for their process.
I ask you this, which way works best?
Issue #3: XML vs. Pro/Process for Manufacturing
This is an issue I threw out here a few weeks ago. Needless to say, I got no responses at all. That was a bit frustrating. Working within the medical industry, you are asked to provide large amounts of data, including making sure you have everything documented for QS/ISO standards. Are you utilizing this functionality with Pro/E as well?
As I'm sure most of you can tell, I'm new to this arena, but want to go into it a bit more knowlegable instead of sitting there with my wheels spinning.