HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – (May 21, 2011) FANUC Factory Automation America (FANUC FA America) and Jerry Scherer, Engineer with FANUC FA America, have recently been awarded a patent (US 8,135,491 B2) for the development of their CNC Adaptive Control System for on-demand integrated adaptive control of machining operations. This system was developed to increase machine tool productivity with FANUC FA America’s iAdapt®S adaptive control solution.
FANUC FA America’s newly patented CNC Adaptive Control System measures the present value of the spindle load and then compares this value to a present value of a target spindle load. The adaptive controller is configured to control the feed rate of the machine tool relative to the workpiece to maintain the present value of the spindle load approximately equal to the present value of the target spindle load using one or more calculations of the first feed rate value, the first feed rate dither adjustment value and the second feed rate dither adjustment value.
This innovative and now patented CNC adaptive control system is the base technology in FANUC FA America’s iAdapt®S solution that improves material removal and minimizes cycle time by automatically optimizing the cutting feedrate based on the actual spindle load. Additionally, integration of the iAdapt®S software solution within the CNC now eliminates the need for mounting hardware, simplifying installation while improving the capabilities of the original iAdapt® product. The original iAdapt® product introduced the concept of roughing cycle productivity to CNC customers. The “On Demand” control feature simplified the use of the adaptive control by making it easy to setup and operate. iAdapt®S extends tool life by keeping roughing tools fully loaded, putting the heat into the chips rather than the part. As a result, there are fewer minor stoppages which further increases productivity and reduces labor costs.
FANUC Corporation, headquartered at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Japan, is the most innovative manufacturer of Factory Automation (FA), Robots and Robomachines in the world. Since its inception in 1956, FANUC has contributed to the automation of machine tools as a pioneer in the development of computer numerical control equipment. FANUC technology has contributed to a worldwide manufacturing revolution, which evolved from the automation of a single machine to the automation of entire production lines. FANUC is committed to developing efficient, reliable and innovative products.
About FANUC Factory Automation America (FANUC FA America)
FANUC FA America is the exclusive provider of industry leading FANUC CNC systems and solutions in the Americas, providing a one-stop shop for comprehensive CNC solutions including industry-leading control systems, a complete range of drives and motors and CO2 laser solutions. FANUC FA America also offers engineering support, genuine FANUC parts, repair and factory automation solutions and training programs to machine tool builders, dealers and users. FANUC CNC systems are known throughout the world for their high reliability, high precision, high speed and simple operation.
FANUC FA America headquarters is located in Hoffman Estates, IL and supports 37 offices and service centers throughout U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.