FANUC America Corporation brought a new look and feel to CNC operations with the introduction of the FANUC iHMI at IMTS 2016. iHMI, or intelligent Human Machine Interface, provides a simpler, more efficient and intuitive way to interact with the FANUC Series 30i/31i/32i-MODEL B CNCs.
The iHMI features a slick new look with flat-panel touch-screen display and a highly graphical, straightforward navigation. It also incorporates a suite of new tools and features designed to increase ease-of-use, improve operational efficiency and bring more control to the shop floor.
New Functions and Features for Greater Operational Efficiency
At IMTS 2016, FANUC featured an iHMI experience corner where visitors had the opportunity to interact with the iHMI on a variety of FANUC controls. The all new Cycle Time Estimation function can quickly and easily process programs created in CAD/CAM software and provide an estimated cycle time that is accurate to within 5%. Accurate estimates help operators with better planning and lead to greater overall efficiency across the entire facility.
The SERVO Viewer lets the operator monitor key machine tool operations data in waveform display without the need for an external PC. With the SERVO Viewer operators can monitor servo performance, spindle performance, CNC data and PMC signal. This information helps operators make adjustments to optimize the cutting conditions and machining programs to reduce cycle times.
The Maintenance Manager proactively monitors control components, such as servo amps and CNC fans and identifies performance issues that may signal potential issues before they occur. In the iHMI, the operator has access to the manual to guide them through any repair or replacement procedure that may be necessary.
Other new functions on the iHMI include a Data Management tool for logging operational data for use in other iHMI applications and sharing via MT LINK i; the powerful Tool Manager for maintaining data on tool usage and life expectancy; a highly intuitive and simplified CNC operation screen; conversational programming; machining simulation; and more.