Sunday, December 22, 2013

Composite laying simulation is now a reality in NCSIMUL Machine 9.1

SPRING Technologies has a 30-year track record as a vendor of solutions that enable manufacturers to optimize ROI on their NC machines, maximizing productivity and reducing costs. Now, SPRING Technologies announces the latest version of NCSIMUL Machine 9.1, its flagship machining simulation software.

 http://springplm.com/contenu.php?ID=553


THE MAIN NEW FEATURE OF NCSIMUL MACHINE 9.1

Simulation of COMPOSITE MATERIAL LAYING

The result of several years’ collaboration with major aerospace customers, NCSIMUL Machine 9.1 today makes it possible to replicate material laying processes executed by Numerical Control machines.

Just as it does in conventional machining, NCSIMUL Machine 9.1 decodes all types of NC programs, representing the complete machine environment in 3D to identify and analyze programming errors and collisions. The “Composite” option of this version also enables a dynamic representation of fiber ribbon laying, taking into consideration the 3D form of the carbon fiber. The positioning of each fiber in the ribbon is managed independently.

NCSIMUL Machine 9.1 alerts users to issues that are specific to the way Composites are processed and that are liable to occur on real-world machines: these include fiber steering angle errors generating possible deviation, twisting of taut fiber between the head and the position on the spool, fiber tension issues including speed disparities between fibers or sudden changes of direction creating backwards laying.

Analysis functions can be used to communicate information to the Process Planning department and the Design Office before going live. This includes the length of the laid material, layer thickness measurement, fiber ribbon intersection angle, aperture radius, etc. The section plane function gives insights into layering or possible holes in the material. At any time, you can export the fiber path or the end result of the material laying generated on the tooling in CAD format.

NCSIMUL Machine 9.1 takes into consideration the shape of the initial tooling and the tension applied to the fibers. SPRING Technologies has developed very fast new algorithms enabling fiber laying simulation with performances of 300 m/min. on a conventional CAD workstation.

All the functions dedicated to Composite technology are grouped together in a new Ribbon (Office mode) for a fast effective learning curve.

For more information on NCSIMUL Machine 9.1 features click here

Thursday, December 5, 2013

CUST 2013: more than 100 attendees gathered around “Shop floor 4.0”

SPRING Technologies keeps its promise of a ground-breaking technology with NCEXPERIENCE®

SPRING Technologies, vendor of solutions to enhance the productivity of NC machines, held the 5th edition of its Users Club on November 7, drawing over 100 participants: a resounding success for SPRING and its customers. The annual meeting of the NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS user community is now an eagerly awaited highlight on the calendar for machining specialists, and a special opportunity for SPRING to meet its customers and discuss their plans.

CUST 2013 had the honor of welcoming its guests at the Aerospace Museum in Le Bourget on the edge of Paris, at an event supported by the Pôle ASTECH technology cluster.

SPRING Technologies this year invited Dassault Aviation, Eurocopter and UF1 to give their feedback on the solutions in the SPRING portfolio and on the resulting benefits, supported by hard figures and ROI, giving insights into how these businesses are addressing the industrial issues of today and using innovation to win the battle of competitiveness.

KEY FACTS AND FIGURES:

  • More than 100 participants representing both SME and major corporations, using NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS
  • 5 thematic workshops featuring the key modules from the NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS offering 
  • A satisfaction rate of over 16/20* 
*source: CUST 2013 customer satisfaction survey

For more information on this story click here

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Offline CNC program verification moves to the next level

 AMT

Australian Manufacturing Technology issue November 2013 page 70 talks about how Australian Manufacturers will cope with an increasing challenging operating environment.

 G-zerofiveG-zerofive (NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS reseller) believes that investing in the right software presents an opportunity for Australian Manufacturers to get back to the front foot.

"With the introduction of the new NCSIMUL 9 and NCEXPERIENCE, we really think that all companies will benefit long term from investing in technology," says Andrew Scott, Director of G-zerofive.

One of the NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS is NC Player; Operators can use NC Player to view the verified 3D Simulation from tablet PCs (Picture to the right) at their machine, or connect to their controllers and at every program stop can follow procedures for measuring multiple part set-ups from generated sheets. This gives programmers and operators peace of mind by having the vital information available at their fingertips whenever they need it - in an entirely paperless environment.



For the complete story click here

For more information on G-zerofive go to: http://www.gzerofive.com/

For more information on NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS go to: http://www.NCSIMUL.com





Thursday, November 21, 2013

SPRING Technologies announces NCSIMUL DNC 8.20: connecting and monitoring your CNC machines is now so easy

SPRING Technologies, vendor of solutions that enhance the productivity of NC machines, is launching the new version 8.20 of its NCSIMUL DNC solution, supporting CNC program life cycle management and real-time monitoring of machine status in the workshop.

“An integral part of the NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS range, the NCSIMUL DNC module is the ideal addition, delivering complete control of the global machining process. From CAM to machined part, production resources are much easier to manage, with clear, one-click reporting”, explains Olivier Bellaton, Managing Director of SPRING Technologies.

THE NEW FEATURES OF NCSIMUL DNC 8.20
Highlights:
  • An enhanced user experience for more efficient collaboration 
  • More automation to boost productivity 
  • Easier installation to enable rapid, efficient deployment 
  • Tighter integration for a leaner digital process 
In detail

1. ENHANCED USER EXPERIENCE for greater productivity and faster execution

For customized reporting, using the quick and simple customization functions, you can create all kinds of reports to match specific corporate needs. The key performance indicators, defined in-house for each user profile (workshop manager, production manager, site manager, etc.), are easy to access and facilitate instant communication of key metrics to the whole workshop community.

In this way, you can select the periodicity for monitoring indicators, and the different types of indicators (opening time, required time, running time, net time, effective time, etc.) for each monitored machine. The data can then be consolidated in a PDF file or displayed in real time by the NCSIMUL DNC application from any supervisory workstation, offering global control of the workshop and contributing to the process of continuous improvement of the use of production resources.

Document traceability is available with one-click access. Access to histories and version traceability is more intuitive and directly available from the ISO program version management window.

Finally, NCSIMUL DNC, implemented on Toughpad (Panasonic’s rugged tablet), makes total mobility in the workshop a reality for operators and managers, via an interface and specific functions designed especially for use on a touch pad. The interface has been streamlined, the main buttons resized, enhancing access to functions and cutting out input errors, notably when qualifying machine status.

“After synchronizing real machining with machining simulation and making instruction sheets accessible from a Toughpad — a capability that we demonstrated at EMO — we are progressing the execution of our vision: the NCEXPERIENCE®, by taking the leading functions of NCSIMUL DNC and real-time machine status monitoring on to a mobile platform. A major step forward for all the stakeholders in the workshop, and notably for our customers who will be able to leverage the synergy offered by the NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS range,” explains Philippe Solignac, Corporate Marketing Director, SPRING Technologies.


2. MORE AUTOMATION to boost productivity

When a program is imported, machine recognition and selection is fully automatic. This means that when a user wants to import a program associated with a machine, NCSIMUL DNC now suggests this machine by default.

The list of available programs is automatically updated, enabling operators to save invaluable seconds when a program is unloaded.

Finally, automatic comparison of machining files has been enhanced and is based on a CRC code (calculated according to file content). When an operator has to manually unload a program, the new calculation method considerably improves the reliability of machining file comparison during the unloading phase and instantly tells the user whether the unloaded program is identical to the previously loaded program, yielding an instant time-saving for operators.


3. EASIER INSTALLATION for faster deployment

Connection to the databases has been simplified, as has deployment via the install wizard. This enables a simple and rapid deployment of NCSIMUL DNC, configuration and testing of the connection to the database. There is no need for a specialist to install this new version of NCSIMUL DNC 8.20.

A library of standard report formats is supplied by default, with an editor that can be used to create customized reports. These templates automatically integrate a range of standard productivity metrics including the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), the Overall Rate of Return (ORR), and the Economic Rate of Return (EIRR), enabling rapid generation of all reports required to monitor machine-tool production activity.


4. TIGHTER INTEGRATION for a leaner digital process

NCSIMUL DNC now comes natively integrated with standard market databases, such as Oracle, Access, SQL Server and Postgre sql. Whichever database you are using, native integration significantly reduces data access time and fits seamlessly into any policy to make data accessible for all external processing (reports, ERP interfaces, etc.).

NCSIMUL DNC is interfaced with Mazatrol (the proprietary language used on Mazak machines), enabling Mazatrol files to be imported from the Isotop software.

For more information on NCSIMUL DNC 8.20 click here.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

TRIAD Machine Tool Company is presenting NCSIMUL Machine this Thursday November 21st in Wheat Ridge Colorado

 http://www.triadmt.com/

On Nov 21st, TRIAD Machine Tool Company will present NCSIMUL Machine in addition to rolling out MasterCAM x7. The NCSIMUL Machine demo will explain in details how NCSIMUL is a perfect fit for Mastercam and CNC machine users.

Location: 
Triad Machine Tool’s new showroom
7885 W. 48th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Date: 
Thursday November 21st,  from 10:00 am  - 6:00 pm
Please call to RSVP by Nov. 18th – Phone: 303.424.0268

Agenda:
10:00 – Overview of new products and features in MasterCAM X7
11:00 – Mill-Turn product
11:30 – 5 Axis Machine Simulation
12:00 – Lunch will be provided
1:00 – Probing with Renishaw Productivity Plus
2:00 – Dynamic Toolpaths
3:00 – Overview of new products and features in MasterCAM X7
4:00 – Mill-Turn Product
5:00 – 5 Axis Machine Simulation

Register to win a $100 Cabela’s gift card (Must register in person at the event to be eligible)

For information on Triad Machine Tool Company go to: http://www.triadmt.com/

For information on NCSIMUL Machine go to: http://www.NCSIMUL.com 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Boeing 787-9 project: at Messier-Bugatti-Dowty Suzhou, NCSIMUL Machine in collaboration with CATIA, optimized greatly the machining process efficiency of complex titanium parts


14 months since the start of the project, the Boing 787-9 has finally achieved a great millstone with optimizing the manufacturing of extremely complex titanium parts for the Boing 787-9 project. The parts where designed by Messier – Bugatti – Dowty (MBDT) and manufactured in Safran’s Suzhou factory.

CATIA was used for the design and CNC programming while NCSIMUL Machine was used for CNC machining program verification and optimization as well as technical documents edition to support CNC operators on their daily tasks. Now the machining and setup time are greatly reduced and the overall production process efficiency on the shop floor, dramatically improved.

The amazing technical team at SAFRAN Suzhou factory worked extremely hard to deliver the parts on time. Many more challenges await the team in 2013 but with great team effort and the right technologies anything is possible.

Latest Tutorials on NCSIMUL Machine 9

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

SPRING Technologies will hold the CUST 2013 at Aerospace museum, Le Bourget

The 5th edition of SPRING Technologies’ Users Club (CUST) will be placed under the triple sign of integration, connectivity and mobility



SPRING Technologies, vendor of dedicated NC solutions to enhance shop floor productivity, announces that its annual meeting of NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS users, CUST 2013, will be held in Paris, Le Bourget at the aerospace museum, on November 7th 2013.

The agenda will include :

  • Welcome - by Gilles Battier, CEO of SPRING Technologies 
  • Success stories presented by major groups and SMEs based on their experience of the NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS portfolio 
  • WYSIWYC live demonstration – product / features overview 
  • "Process and solutions" workshops: an opportunity to share ideas and tips for getting full value from the SPRING Technologies solutions 

"We launched our first CUST in 2008. We wanted to federate our customers and gives them the opportunity to exchange, once a year, their experiences regarding the complete NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS portfolio", says Gilles Battier, CEO of SPRING Technologies.

Last year our Users Club took an international dimension, in line with the business strategy of the company. Our goal for the 2013 edition: demonstrate to our manufacturing experts that innovation and vision, at SPRING Technologies, is a reality.

Following the announcement of our "smart solutions" earlier this year, of which NCSIMUL Machine 9, NCSIMUL Player 9, NCSIMUL DNC, are the cornerstones, we announced the first step at the Paris Air Show, in terms of integration, connectivity and mobility, in partnership with FANUC and PANASONIC.

This year, all participants to CUST 2013 will have the opportunity to see a live demonstration of the second step; What You See is What You Cut (WYSIWYC). We have laid the foundations of the "smart" manufacturing, and we continue to develop the most advanced technologies to offer manufacturers the opportunity to make the most of their numerical control machine.

For the complete story click here

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

SPRING Technologies to present at ENACC PLM Conference - Smart Manufacturing: Transforming the way to interact with CNC Machines


Philippe Solignac (Spring Technologies Corporate Marketing Director) will be among an elite group of presenters in ENACC PLM Conference to be held on Oct 17th in Saint-Hubert, Quebec.

Among the presenters are the key note speakers: Francis Bernard (Former CEO of Dassault Systemes) and Fabrice Renaudeau (Airbus Project Manager - PDM/CM information system and PLM development for A350 and A400M)

For a complete list of presenters click here

Key topic to be presented by SPRING executive:  Smart Manufacturing: Transforming the way to interact with CNC Machines

Abstract:
The presentation will show how SPRING Technologies’ users seamlessly integrate the creation of cutting tool libraries, optimized cutting conditions and NC program simulation, plus the ability to publish the manufacturing data needed by operators in the workshop, while monitoring CNC machine activity in real-time.

North American users will also be invited to attend a WYSIWIC® - What You See Is What You Cut – showcase. This is the latest NC breakthrough demonstrated at the mid-September EMO 2013 trade-show. This mobile cutting-edge technology, implemented on a fully-rugged professional tablet (Panasonic’s toughpad), provides real-time synchronization between the CNC simulation (G-Code based), the work instruction sheet - both provided by NCSIMUL Machine - and the NC program, running on a CNC machine (FANUC Robodrill 5-Axis machine).


NC operators can therefore automatically access work instruction sheets in the machining environment while the real machine operations are being displayed, eliminating the need to download documentation as a separate task and helping NC operators to gain confidence as they work.

Indeed, in most workshops, a shortage of computers close to the machines, and in such cases, hardware that is too often-obsolete prevent access to the state-of-the-art technologies that deliver the game-changing productivity gains. At best, workshop operators get to share a computer, forcing them to make endless round trips to attend their machine and lose valuable seconds worth thousands of dollars.

For more details on the event click here

For more details on SPRING Technologies products click here

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS 2013) starts with very high energy



The exciting Canadian Manufacturing Trade Show has started this Monday; lots of technical conferences will be conducted during the week. We are looking forward to demonstrate NCSIMUL Machine 9 and explain why it is the error-free G-codes solution for your CNC machines.

We are extremely excited and look forward to meeting you all.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

WESTEC 2013 : NCSIMUL Machine 9 brings realistic, high performance, and mobile NC simulation to manufacturing

Come and learn more about the latest version of 
SPRING Technologies flagship software, Booth 2147


SPRING Technologies will demonstrate its NCSIMUL Machine 9 NC simulation software at WESTEC 2013 in booth 2147. The event will be held October 15 – 17 at The Los Angeles Convention Center.

With NCSIMUL Machine 9, SPRING customers are stepping into an NC simulation environment that is more realistic, intuitive, integrated, and mobile with extended features dedicated to multi-axis and multitasking machining centers. Further, the software package has been developed to interconnect with other company-wide software systems, such as MRP, ERP, and MES. 

“This is the first time we are demonstrating NCSIMUL Machine 9 to western U.S. manufacturers. The latest version is much more than simply previewing toolpaths to avoid crashes,” said Silvère Proisy, U.S. General Manager. “It offers users a unique experience where CNC realistic simulation, integrating all machine, tools,
and material parameters, quickly becomes a day-to-day part of a manufacturer’s lifestyle. Once again, SPRING is taking the lead in new technology enhancements and will show the mobility aspects of the software using a tablet PC. More than 200 improvements have been implemented based on extensive customer surveys.”

For the complete story click here


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

SPRING Technologies will exhibit at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS 2013)


SPRING Technologies will demonstrate its NCSIMUL Machine 9 NC simulation software at CMTS 2013 in booth 2620. This latest version was introduced in January 2013. CMTS is Canada’s National Manufacturing Event, September 30 > October 3 at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.


With NCSIMUL Machine 9, SPRING customers are stepping into an NC simulation environment that is more realistic, intuitive, integrated, and mobile with extended features dedicated to multi-axis and multitasking machining centers. Further, the software package has been developed to interconnect with other company-wide software systems, such as MRP, ERP, and MES.

Thanks to its range of services, SPRING Technologies brings you know-how and skills in all its fields of business and technology, offering you comprehensive insights into all your industrial processes.

CMTS
Hall 1
Booth 2620
Date: Sept 30th - Oct 3rd 2013
Location: The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario

For more details click here

We look forward to having you there

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

ZODIAC AEROSPACE chooses NCSIMUL Machine and NCSIMUL Player version 9 from SPRING Technologies

Three watchwords: secure, optimize, reduce. 
Immediately rewarded by ultra-realistic machining simulation.


SPRING Technologies, vendor of solutions that enhance the productivity of NC machines, announces the signature of a new contract with ZODIAC SEATS France to implement NCSIMUL Machine 9 for machining simulation and NCSIMUL Player 9 to review and facilitate the sharing of simulations with all stakeholders in the NC process. The ZODIAC AEROSPACE reference site for machining, located at Issoudun in central France, was looking for a means to secure its NC machine tools, optimize tool paths and, ultimately, reduce machining preparation times and the risks of collisions.

A WATCHWORD: OPTIMIZATION

Specialized in the field of aeronautics since 1944, ZODIAC SEATS FRANCE, formerly SICMA AERO SEATS, is now a member of the ZODIAC AEROSPACE group, and a world leader in the manufacturing of aircraft seats.

The challenge facing the Issoudun site in 2013 was to optimize its tool paths and increase their reliability, while continuing to support its existing CAM solution: TopSolid’Cam. The task was made tougher as Zodiac Seats France was introducing new NC machines, notably from the maker MICHEL PIOCH and 5-axis MAZAK Vari-axis machines that would need to be secured.

Zodiac Seats France started to investigate the market in 2012 and, visiting the Industry show, found out about SPRING Technologies and its NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS range. “We were really impressed by the ergonomics, user-friendliness and intuitive qualities of NCSIMUL Machine and its viewer, NCSIMUL Player,” explains Frédéric Millet, head of programming at Zodiac Seats France. “We did some severe testing and SPRING’s machining simulation solution really delivered what we were looking for in both functional and organizational terms. The clincher was the strong partnership between SPRING and the NC machine maker MICHEL PIOCH, as well as the support from the project team at SPRING.”

For the complete story click here


Saturday, September 21, 2013

EMO 2013: When NCEXPERIENCE comes true… SEE what you CUT

SPRING Technologies is driving forward its NCEXPERIENCE© vision with a live demonstration of its flagship solutions for machining simulation (NCSIMUL Machine 9 and NCSIMUL Player 9), tool management (NCSIMUL Tool), and DNC/machine status monitoring (NCSIMUL DNC), implemented on Panasonic’s fully-rugged professional tablet, connected to FANUC Robodrill machine-tools.


WYSIWYC - synchronizing  NC simulation, work instruction sheet while machining

Monday, September 16, 2013

SPRING Technologies puts its faith in hyper-connection


At EMO 2013, SPRING Technologies will be showcasing its NCSIMUL Solutions implementation on a fully-rugged Panasonic touch tablet, connected to a 5-axis Fanuc Robodrill. NCSIMUL Player 9, the new version of the NCSIMUL Machine 9 machining software, is now implemented on Panasonic’s Toughpad FZ-G1: it enables simulations to be monitored on screen and provides access to all the relevant technical documentation in a real machining context. Operators in the workshop environment can now access a realistic 3D simulation of their machine tools, tool libraries and their documentation (instruction sheets, etc.), on a fully stand-alone rugged and ergonomic touch tablet. The tablet-based player offers a totally original function via a TCP/IP connection and a fully touch-driven interaction: on-screen monitoring of machine operation. When a machine stops, the instruction sheet is displayed automatically on the tablet. This is no longer just NC simulation but a digital representation of the actual operation. Today, an operator can view the simulation on one side of the screen and the documentation on the other, and have it all at his fingertips, at any on-site location.


In this way, the package brings operators and any other stakeholders in the machining process a completely new interactive, collaborative and mobile experience of the NC program, linked to the machining simulation.

For the complete story in French click here

The digital factory is now a viable application


SPRING Technologies has been talking it up for so long that we have been entitled to wonder whether it would ever actually happen. However, the digital factory is now firmly within reach, crowning the joint efforts of SPRING, the software developer, Panasonic and Fanuc. Tomorrow’s factory operative / NC operators may yet end up looking like he walked straight out of “Minority Report".

A Fanuc Series 31i-Model B5 machine tool interacting with a Panasonic FZ-G1 touch tablet via a SPRING Technologies NC software solution: the trade show at Le Bourget provided the backdrop against which SPRING offered stunned audiences a foretaste of the potent combination.

Imagine the scenario: a single operator, tablet in hand, capable of controlling several machine-tools at once, fully aware of when, where and how to act… with nothing more than the full power of applied IT. An application that is on the verge of becoming a reality: operators on very large machines will soon see their daily lives made so much easier by the potential of this exciting new concept

“Real machining and simulation in synergy”

The trio’s technical achievement (SPRING, FANUC and Panasonic) is summed up by the slogan "What you see is what you cut"! The concept displays on a rugged tablet screen a true-to-life digital view of what is happening on the machine as the CNC program is being effectively executed in real time. The synergy between the on-screen simulation and the machining reality is such that both start and stop at the same time just as the machine starts and stops, whether the decisions are made automatically or manually, from the CNC or from the tablet. To put the icing on the cake, all data generated by the ongoing machining operation is automatically recorded in a single file. This is why the three partner companies have successfully managed to make their carefully selected products work together. Panasonic brings the FZ-G1 touch tablet, complete with state-of-the-art functionality: fully-rugged, running Windows 8 Pro, it has a sunlight-viewable IPS screen developed by Panasonic, with ten-point multi-touch technology, a digitizer and configurable ports. From Fanuc comes the CNC Series 31i-Model B5 with nanometer-precise resolution and high-speed machining, 100Mbit Ethernet communication and malware protection. Finally, SPRING Technologies supplies two modules, NC Simul Player 9 and NC Doc, which respectively deliver realistic 3D simulation, synchronized with the CNC machine, and a technical data editing and publishing capability.


The trio’s next goal is for the system to control a complete robotic cell. All three partners currently have the necessary technology in production. The first live demo on a working machine is scheduled for EMO: an "NCExperience" you will not want to miss!

For the complete story in French click here

Sunday, September 8, 2013

SPRING, FANUC & Panasonic's Toughpad set new machining standards


Check out the comprehensive, integrated, connected and mobile process that delivers unrivaled productivity and quality gains.




SPRING Technologies will showcase through a live demonstration its flagship solutions for machining simulation (NCSIMUL Machine 9 and NCSIMUL Player 9), tool management (NCSIMUL Tool), andDNC/machine status monitoring (NCSIMUL DNC), implemented on Panasonic's fully-rugged professional tablet, and connected to FANUC Robodrill machine-tools.

Looking forward to meeting you at our booth,

SPRING Technologies
Corporate Marketing Department


Monday, July 29, 2013

CMTS 2013 : NCSIMUL Machine 9 brings realistic, high performance, and mobile NC simulation to manufacturing

Come and learn more about the latest version of 
SPRING Technologies flagship software, Booth 2620

SPRING Technologies will demonstrate its NCSIMUL Machine 9 NC simulation software at CMTS 2013 in booth 2620. This latest version was introduced in January 2013. CMTS is Canada’s National Manufacturing Event, September 30 – October 3 at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

With NCSIMUL Machine 9, SPRING customers are stepping into an NC simulation environment that is more realistic, intuitive, integrated, and mobile with extended features dedicated to multi-axis and multitasking machining centers. Further, the software package has been developed to interconnect with other company-wide software systems, such as MRP, ERP, and MES.
“This is the first time we are demonstrating NCSIMUL Machine 9 to Canadian manufacturers. The latest version is much more than simply previewing toolpaths to avoid crashes,” said Silvère Proisy, U.S. General Manager. “It offers users a unique experience where CNC realistic simulation, integrating all machine, tools, and material parameters, quickly becomes a day-to-day part of a manufacturer’s lifestyle. Once again, SPRING is taking the lead in new technology enhancements and will show the mobility aspects of the software using a tablet PC. More than 200 improvements have been implemented based on extensive customer surveys.”

For the complete story click here

EMO 2013 : NCSIMUL, Panasonic's Toughpad, and FANUC set new machining standards

Check out the comprehensive, integrated, connected and mobile process 
that delivers unrivalled productivity and quality gains, Hall 25 - Booth G27

SPRING Technologies, vendor of software solutions that enhance the productivity of CNC machines, will be at EMO 2013, the world’s n°1 trade show dedicated to the machining of metals and machine-tools, in Hanover from September 16-21, 2013. SPRING Technologies will be demonstrating a complete, real machining cycle on a FANUC Robodrill 5-axis machine, connected to flagship solutions for tool management, technical documentation and NC simulation review, DNC and machine status monitoring on Panasonic’s fully-rugged touch tablet.
SPRING, Panasonic and FANUC: state-of-the-art technologies serving the workshop and delivering unrivalled productivity and quality gains

SPRING Technologies is driving forward its NCEXPERIENCE© vision with a live demonstration of its flagship solutions for machining simulation (NCSIMUL Machine 9 and NCSIMUL Player 9), tool management (NCSIMUL Tool), and DNC/machine status monitoring (NCSIMUL DNC), implemented on Panasonic’s fully-rugged professional tablet, connected to FANUC Robodrill machine-tools.

For the complete story click here

Thursday, July 11, 2013

SIDEL, the world leader in PET packaging solutions achieves unparalleled productivity gain with NCSIMUL Machine

The company secures its production resources by simulating NC programs upstream 
and saves 15,000 production hours per year

SPRING Technologies
, vendor of solutions that boost productivity of CNC machines, present a new testimony of one of his long-standing customer, SIDEL.

The leading global provider of PET liquid packaging solutions, SIDEL, offers its customers a complete range, from packaging design through line engineering, including packaging machinery and associated services.

COMPANY OVERVIEW

With 31 subsidiaries, 26 plants worldwide, and a workforce of around 5,300, SIDEL offers its customers high added-value solutions based on its business-specific knowhow, its teams and geographic proximity. This enables the company to quickly and easily plan and implement the engineering, packaging, design, tooling and services.


SIDEL’s corporate philosophy is embodied in key principles: improve production, boost productivity, and cut costs, whether for end-users or in-house.

The production site at Octeville Normandy, is one of the group’s seven mold-making facilities. It produces blow molds made up of seven main parts: centering ring; mold body; stud; mold base; wear ring; wear washer; arch support.

CHALLENGES

SIDEL has state-of-the-art production resources to match its market leadership. For example, its Octeville site, with 10 programmers, has 63 CNC machine tools – (DMG, MCM, etc.), 2,000 milling and turning tools and two CAM solutions for these disciplines.

The challenge was to eliminate problems with production tools by validating the programs upstream (ISO code, measuring probe program, XYZ axis travel, comparison between the machined model and the original CAD design) and postprocessor modifications, while integrating these technologies into the existing environment. To do this, SIDEL turned to SPRING Technologies and the NCSIMUL Machine simulation solution that it has been using for 13 years.

A PARTNERSHIP FOR 13 YEARS

To do this, SIDEL trusted SPRING Technologies and its NCSIMUL machine solution for the machining simulation for 13 years.

Today SIDEL Group uses 12 NCSIMUL Machine workstations at its site in Normandy. The time savings are tangible, quantifiable and have proved to be substantial: some 15,000 hours per year!

The keys to this success have been the reliability of the computation and simulations performed by NCSIMUL Machine; tests on the first machined parts; and better management of the huge number of production tools used. Franck Keroulle, in charge of Industrialization & Method - Central Tooling at SIDEL adds: « We are sure to generate a ROI in just five months, a result that is totally in line with our corporate culture in terms of cost optimization and productivity. »

GOING FORWARD

SIDEL plans to deploy NCSIMUL Machine in all the group’s mold-making plants worldwide. It will also deploy OPTITOOL, the SPRING Technologies solution for analysis and cutting conditions optimization at the Octeville site and in China.

For more details click here

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

NCEXPERIENCE becomes connected and mobile at Paris Air Show 2013

Delivering its NCEXPERIENCE roadmap, SPRING Technologies exhibited that ultra-mobility is now ready for NC operators and programmers on the shop floor



SPRING Technologies, vendor of solutions that boost productivity on NC machines, demonstrated at the Paris Air show, June 19th, a major breakthrough to serve the shop floor for enhanced production process integration and improved productivity.

As a first Worldwide preview, with US and French press and key customers and prospects in attendance, the SPRING Technologies Corporate team ran a live demo showcasing the connection between work instruction sheets and a machine’s CNC control. The demonstration presented the company’s NCSIMUL Player 9 running on the latest Panasonic Toughpad tablet PC (FZ-G1) and its connection with the FANUC 31i B5 CNC machine tool control.

This breakthrough technology brings mobility and ease of use, thanks to touch screen capabilities, and it provides an instant access to the work instruction sheet, in context of the machining process.

For instance, when a part machining process requires a machine to stop, allowing the NC operator to take measurements or to verify the machining quality, etc., the correct work instruction automatically appears on the tablet PC.

Therefore, machine operators know exactly the tasks to be performed and do not spend any more time searching for process sheets among tons of pdf.


Breakthrough features

Till now, NCSIMUL users have had to download their documentation as a separate operation.

Now they can have their simulation on one part of the screen and the documentation conveniently displayed alongside.

The tablet implementation of NCSIMUL Player also offers a breakthrough feature: the ability to monitor machine operation on the screen via a TCP/IP connection with 100% touch interaction. We are no longer talking about just NC simulation, but about a digital representation of real-world operation.

"Our customers in aeronautics machine titanium parts that require frequent breaks in machining”, explains Philippe Solignac, Director of Corporate Marketing. “By instantly displaying the work instructions and explaining the task that has to be done at each break point, operators save valuable time. This will enable us to help airplane manufacturers increase their shop floor productivity and meet their production planes delivery while ensuring high-quality production standards.”

SPRING Technologies has signed an ISV (Independent Software Vendor) partnership contract with Panasonic under which it will integrate sales of its Toughpad FZ-G1 into its offering, coupled with its software solutions.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Paris Air Show June 19th: What you SEE is what you CUT*© becomes connected and mobile

Delivering its NCEXPERIENCE roadmap, SPRING exhibited that ultra-mobility is now ready for NC operators/programmers in the shopfloor


As a first Worldwide preview, in front of US and French press as well as several key customers and prospects; the SPRING Corporate team ran a live demo showcasing the connection between work instruction sheets provided by NCSIMUL Player 9 showing on the latest Toughpad (tablet PC) FZ-G1 from Panasonic, (with the FANUC CNC 31i B5) on which the NC program was running.

This breakthrough technology brings mobility, ease of use and provides an instant access to the work instruction sheet, in context of the machining process.

For instance, when a part machining process requires a machine to stop allowing the NC operator to take measurements or to verify the machining quality, etc…- the right work instruction automatically appears on the tablet. Therefore, NC operators know exactly the tasks to be performed and do not spend any more time searching for process sheets.


Cutting-edge technologies serving the Shopfloor
For ever-tightening production process integration and improved productivity

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(*Spring technologies trademark)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Paris air Show 2013: Pioch is a great machine tool builder utilizing NCSIMUL inhouse as well as promoting NCSIMUL with their machines


Pioch is a great machine tool builder who has utilized the power of NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS to build their own products in-house and is currently promoting it with the sale of their CNC Machine products.

For more details on PIOCH machines go to: http://www.michel-pioch.fr

For more details on NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS go to: http://www.NCSIMUL.com





Paris air Show 2013: SPRING Technologies, Panasonic's new "ISV Partner" - Live Demo available on the booth

The NC solutions vendor will be live for the first time on Panasonic’s Toughpad FZ-G1 at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, Hall 4/booth D143.

SPRING Technologies joins Panasonic’s Toughbook Engage Partnership Program as an ISV (Independent Software Vendor) Partner.

The vendor of solutions that optimize the use of NC machines, recently launched its new NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS range, supporting the whole of the “smart” NC manufacturing process with an unprecedented level of integration, intelligence and instrumentation. This new experience so called “NCEXPERIENCETM”, dedicated to NC programmers and operators pushes the envelope, not only for NC simulation tools, but also by offering manufacturers a new way to manage their NC machines and manufacturing lifestyle.

Via this partnership, combining new generations of hardware and software, operators on the shop floor can now access realistic 3D machine-tool simulation, tool libraries and documentation (work sheets, etc.), from a robust, ergonomic touch tablet, offering complete operational freedom”, explains Solen Carreau, Regional Marketing Manager, Panasonic CPS


Visitors will be invited to discover the SPRING Technologies flagship solutions, NCSIMUL Machine and NCSIMUL Player, implemented on Panasonic’s Toughpad FZ-G1, its first fully-rugged professional tablet, running Windows 8 Pro, with a screen that can be read in full sunlight thanks to Panasonic’s proprietary IPSα technology, multi-touch screen with ten simultaneous detection points, stylus pen and configurable ports ─ capabilities that add up to making this Toughpad easy to use and ideal in the field. With its wide range of connectivity options, your data will always be readily available. The Toughpad FZ-G1 meets the MIL-STD-810G and IP65 standards and can run for 8 or 16 hours, depending on your choice of battery option, and is dust, oil and water-resistant.

The partnership provides the link we needed to democratize our NCEXPERIENCETM vision from process planning right through to the workshop. The Toughpad FZ-G1 in the Windows 8 Pro environment delivers a seamless link between the virtual and real machine worlds, enabling SPRING Technologies to execute its strategy of ‘ultra-mobility in the workshop’: with greater operator independence, access to state-of-the-art software and hardware technologies increasing productivity, offering a new user experience, that is both unique and dedicated”, adds Philippe Solignac, Corporate Marketing Director, SPRING Technologies.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

amerimold event was a total success


amerimold June 2013 banner hanging high on the ceiling



Spring Technologies Booth



Brian Basiliere (US Account Manager from Spring Technologies) explaining how NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS work to potential clients passing by



Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Paris Air Show | unleashing the power of NC simulation

NCEXPERIENCE™ : UNLEASHING THE POWER OF NC SIMULATION

FIRST WORLDWIDE PREVIEW




breakthrough CNC simulation experience that joins together the intuitiveness of reviewing 3D simulated NC programs with the most advanced FANUC control systems.


Wednesday - June, 19th | From 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Booth CCI Seine Saint Denis - Hall 4-C124

SPRING Technologies, NC software vendor enabling the optimal use of manufacturing companies’ CNC machines, is pleased to invite you to a significant milestone on theNCEXPERIENCE™ roadmap, based on the latest FANUC CNC, the world leader in the design and supply of industrial automation systems.

The reception, following the presentation, will provide an opportunity to discuss the implications and benefits of this cutting-edge technology.

Looking forward to meeting you soon!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

SPRING Technologies will attend amerimold on June 12th 2013

With the overwhelming success of EuroMold, North America has now adopted the concept again and will host amerimold event on June 12th in the Chicago Area at the Rosemont.


For details on the event click the image above.

The Spring team can not wait to see you there and spend time with you going over NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS and how to guarantee YOU an error free simulation for your most complex machining needs.

Date: June 12th - 13th, 2013

Location:
Rosemont, IL, USA

Booth: 525

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

SPRING Technologies signs worldwide corporate contract with SAFRAN Group


SPRING’s global offering NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS becomes
the acknowledged reference for each of the Group’s companies

SPRING Technologies, vendor of solutions that boost productivity on NC machines, announces the signature of a worldwide corporate contract with SAFRAN, an international specialist and leader in the fields of aeronautics, defense and security. The agreement covers the whole of the NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS offering and the related SPRING Technologies services, including consulting, support for continuous improvement, and training.

It will apply to all the group’s companies worldwide (Snecma, Turbomeca, Techspace Aéro, Herakles, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Aircelle, Labinal, Hispano-Suiza, Sagem and Morpho). This full, complimentary range covers all production processes worldwide, improving SAFRAN’s productivity, and enabling the first-tier supplier to secure and optimize its NC machines.


A LONG-STANDING PARTNERSHIP …

The corporate contract is an acknowledgement of SPRING’s technological and human qualities and sets the seal on a partnership with SAFRAN that goes back nearly 20 years. The two companies share a common culture based on technical excellence and customer satisfaction. In fact, on all the markets in which SAFRAN does business worldwide, its success is based on the excellence of its technologies. From defense and security to engines and aeronautical equipment, the products designed by the Group all implement high added-value techniques.


Similarly, for the last 30 years, SPRING’s vocation has been to offer its customers dependable, efficient tools with which to manage and make the most of their NC machines. The company has successfully anticipated the transformations undergone by the market, basing its products on a value proposal for users: to win the battle of competitiveness.

TWO COMPANIES, ONE VIEWPOINT

Xavier Dessemond, SAFRAN’s Director of Purchasing, says: “SAFRAN sets out its research focuses to reflect its corporate strategy, and match the expectations of its customers and the society we live in. In an environment of globalized markets, SAFRAN does business on a highly competitive, open market where its success is due largely to the technological breakthroughs embodied in its products. The Group’s technological prowess across-the-board also guarantees its future, consolidating its positions of strength. This will be the key to the Group’s ability to offer solutions to the very diverse challenges of the next decades.”

Gilles Battier, CEO of SPRING Technologies: “We are very proud to have signed this corporate contract with SAFRAN. It rewards the work accomplished by our multidisciplinary teams in areas like R&D, preliminary design, sales, support, and training. This will be another big boost to our motivation to pursue our mission: delivering customer satisfaction through the quality of our service and all our innovative solutions. Moreover, I must underscore SAFRAN’s outstanding and proven commitment, day-to-day to the small and medium-sized companies that form its ecosystem. In 2011, the Group agreed to support us as part of a drive to help French SMEs establish themselves on the export market, backing our international development, especially in the USA. This has been a great demonstration that SME and major corporations can work hand-in-hand and grow together.
We are fully aware today that the agreement is not an end in itself. Quite the opposite, it sets out the imperatives and fuels our desire to reward SAFRAN’s trust by continuing to deliver 100% satisfaction.”


TESTIMONY FROM THE GROUP’S NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS USERS

Some twenty SAFRAN plants worldwide (in Europe, America and Asia), already use NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS day-to-day with support from SPRING’s engineers. SPRING Technologies’ references include:

· Hispano-Suiza in Poland

Norbert Quemerais, Representative & Coordinator in Poland – HSP Technical Advisor says: “Striking a balance between machines and materials is sometimes complex and NCSIMUL Machine helps us manage this better. The 10% gain delivered by simulating our tool paths before machining is substantial. Gaining the trust of our production teams in the SPRING solution has been primordial. Today, Jozef Cisek, our user workshop manager, is completely convinced. The next step for us will be to go deeper in optimizing our vibration frequencies. This is an area we are already working on. With the help of SPRING’s teams we are fully confident of succeeding.”

· Messier-Bugatti-Dowty in China

“The biggest advantage we get from using NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS is the time we save by no longer using our NC machines for trials and tests. The machines are freed up for strictly production purposes. We have also reduced the number of programming errors, minimized risks, and cut out wasted tooling, material and collisions. Using NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS has been a major step in taking our industrial processes to maturity.”


AN OVERVIEW OF THE NCSIMUL SOLUTIONS PORTFOLIO:

NCSIMUL Postpro®  - Reliable, fully customized yet affordable postprocessors

NCSIMUL Tool®  - Cutting tool management

NCSIMUL Machine®  - CNC Realistic simulation

NCSIMUL Player® - Share and review your CNC simulations

NCSIMUL Publisher® - Technical content publication

NCSIMUL DNC® - DNC and Machine Status monitoring

For more details click here