Multi-Task Machining Software

The Gibbs and Associates (Moorpark, CA), MTM™ (Multi-Task Machining) modules addresses the programming needs of the new breed of CNC multi-task and screw machine tools, which employ multiple tool groups/turrets and multiple spindles with greater than four axes of motion.

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The Gibbs and Associates (Moorpark, CA), MTM™ (Multi-Task Machining) modules addresses the programming needs of the new breed of CNC multi-task and screw machine tools, which employ multiple tool groups/turrets and multiple spindles with greater than four axes of motion. These machine tools—which are extremely popular in Europe—are a growing market segment worldwide due to their highly efficient operation, which minimizes production costs in set-up and part handling by performing all machining processes required to completely machine a finished part. Reduced inspection, process documentation, and even shop floor space requirements contribute greatly to an overall reduction in shop overhead. In addition, MTM machine tool configurations often integrate powerful milling spindles offering substantial milling capability. To support these MTM machines, four- and five-axis simultaneous machining can be integrated with these modules. Additional features include a powerful drag-and-drop, graphical user interface (GUI) which makes programming MTM class machines easier than before. Synchronizing multiple aspects of a multi-task process and transferring work-in-process pieces are straightforward operations with MTM’s Sync Manager, which manages the various timing dependencies and presents the process flows to the user in a graphically intuitive view.