Process Management EDM Software

Charmilles’ (Lincolnshire, IL) new SIGMA software offers users the total package for managing and producing specific data for EDM machining.

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Charmilles’ (Lincolnshire, IL) new SIGMA software offers users the total package for managing and producing specific data for EDM machining. The new system provides increased productivity and stability in process management. The software aids in the organization of jobs and orders, job management, status control of all objects in the process chain, off-set management, magazine position assignment and data transfer to machines. The software connects EDMs, machining centers, CMMs (coordinate measuring machines) and work changing systems to a central programming station, simplifying the coordination of resources and increasing productivity. At its most basic level, the software also stores information from individual orders, such as order and part numbers. The software also retains data on job management, including machining operations required by a part and the NC programs required by these operations. Off-set information is automatically imported through interaction with a CMM. It also carries out complicated tasks—aiding with the creation and organization of work batches. A batch represents a complete program for the machining of one or several work pieces, consisting of subprograms, magazine positions and off-set values. Magazine assignment can be entered manually or automatically.