FANUC 30i-A CNC enables easy parameter settings
Generally the BBS manufacturing team tries to utilise rev speeds of up to 27,000 min-1 when machining light alloys. For aluminium, the system uses feed rates of 8 to 10 m/s, for magnesium 12 to 14 m/s – for an infeed of 5 mm. For easy parameter setting, BBS uses the Machining Level Condition Function provided by the FANUC CNC 30i-A , which enables the user to weight the factors of precision, speed and surface finish on 5-axis milling machines. The control then independently puts together the optimal parameter set. In doing so, it also harnesses the capability of the control to process splines and to optimise the surface finish quality by means of the Nano Smoothing 2 function.
Francisco Serrano: "Together with the application technicians from Matsuura, we define the desired cutting data and surface finishes and, with the help of this function, set them up on all the machines. This ensures consistently good machining results."
FANUC controls and drives: strong arguments for a new machine tool
He also appreciates the extremely high availability of all FANUC components: "Over the past 12 years, we have only required a total of four FANUC customer service calls.
Of these, one was our own fault, two were caused by material wear, and only one due to a defective access card". The production manager finally summarises as follows: "Ultimately, whilst the machines and their performance are decisive, we have had such great experiences with FANUC controls and drives,
that these components are co-determining factors in our decision to purchase a machine tool."