Productivity+™ - PC based probe software for machining centres
Interactive programming of inspection routines, tool setting and machine updates.
- Comprehensive set of measurement routines
- Logic statements for on-machine decision making and process control
- Detailed reporting of inspection and updates
Productivity+ is a PC based software solution providing an easy-to-use platform for incorporating simple measurement functionality and more advanced in-process intelligence into machining programs. It can simplify a wide range of measurement and process control tasks, such as component set-up and part verification, and aids process development in the following key areas:
- Predictive process setting - performing simple tests to ensure that a machining process will be successful
- Active in-process control - using the probe to measure features and update machining process based on the results obtained
- Informative reporting - providing information about the in-process state of a component, and about the decisions that were made when producing it
Productivity+ creates programs which run entirely on the machine tool, including all the calculations, updates and logic which are needed - so no external PC is required to process measurement data.
Productivity+ provides full multi-axis support for vertical and horizontal machining centre configurations.
Adding to the comprehensive functionality provided by previous versions, Productivity+ version 1.95.0 includes:
- New lathe tool update statement - allows inspection data from geometric features such as points, circles and planes to be used to update wear offsets of a lathe tool.
- Extended alignment options- automated alignment tools help to quickly orientate imported solid models as components would appear on a machine tool. A newly added ‘Align as MT' (multi-tasking) option allows users of the multi-task machining ‘Technology Evaluation' to align a solid model as the loaded component would appear on their machine tool.
For further information on the new features available in the latest release, see the Productivity+™ release flyer version 1.95.0. Alternatively, for an overview of the full functionality provided by the software, see Productivity+™ Active Editor Pro probing software for machine tools.
If you have an existing copy of Productivity+ and wish to upgrade to the latest version, find out about our maintenance programme.
Key features and benefits
Add intelligence to every stage of a machining process
Productivity+ makes it simple to create rules and program machine tools to make decisions for themselves. It aids the programming of basic tasks, such as work coordinate alignment operations, and provides a simple framework for more complex tasks, such as determining that the machine is running the correct program for the loaded part. Allowing a machine tool to make decisions for itself improves quality and consistency, whilst releasing operators for more productive tasks.
Eliminate G-code editing
A large percentage of machining code is generated using computer aided manufacturing (CAM) packages which simplify the creation of machining programs. Productivity+ makes the same benefits available for machine tool probing, as it provides point-and click feature selection, simulation, a probe database and all the other features familiar to CAM users.
As a Productivity+ program runs entirely on the machine tool, the program forms a self-contained package which operates in exactly the same way, every time a part is run. Once it's programmed, there is no need for an external PC, eliminating potential communications set-up issues. The self-contained philosophy even applies to advanced features such as 'Constructed Point'; never previously available in on-machine probing software, these features now provide significant advantages for complex job set-up and tolerancing applications.
Extensive controller support
Machine tools including 3-, 4- and 5-axis configurations are supported via a wide range of post processors, providing a consistent level of functionality between machine types. This makes it possible to transfer one probing program between machines tools by simply re-posting the program.
Point-and-click feature selection - based on a wide range of CAD models
Tool setting - speed up tool change and avoid damaged tools (Renishaw tool setting macros required on the CNC)
Part set-up and inspection - auto-correct machining cycles
Intelligent decision-making - allowing active, in-process control with program adjustments and machine updates
On-machine verification - reduce production time
Probe cycle programming - PC based solution, therefore avoiding machine downtime
Program verification - to increase confidence and reduce risk of machine or probe crash
Process tracking - with the addition of Renishaw CNC Reporter
See Enhancements and maintenance for more information on how to maximise the benefits provided by Productivity+.
|Productivity+™ Active Editor Pro||Productivity+™ GibbsCAM® plug-in|
Productivity+ Active Editor Pro allows probing to be added to any existing G-code program by programming directly from a CAD model using solid model feature selection.
The software provides a comprehensive solution for producing probe cycles and adding in-process control, using a graphical interface familiar to CAD/CAM users.
For users of GibbsCAM.
The Productivity+ GibbsCAM plug-in merges the creation of probing cycles with the generation of metal cutting paths within the graphical GibbsCAM environment.