GibbsCAM Supports Full Line of Machines at Trade Show & Open House Events

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 5:00 AM

Gibbs and Associates, a Cimatron company and developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools, announced that its long-standing collaborative relationship with Mazak Corporation in support of the entire line of Mazak machine tools has led to its recent participation at various Mazak Corporation events. In the last 60 days, Gibbs and its resellers supported the machine tool builder at four major customer events in Mazak Technology Centers in the U.S.A. and Canada and also the TECMA machine tool technology show in Mexico .

"This collaborative relationship has been beneficial to both companies," says Robb Weinstein, Gibbs' Senior VP, Sales and Strategic Planning, "but the largest beneficiaries have been our joint customers. We will continue to support Mazak and their machines to ensure that users of our technologies gain the greatest advantage from both."

For many years, Gibbs and Associates has immediately supported Mazak machine tools as they are released, providing Mazak customers the CNC programming capabilities they need to make the machines quickly productive. Mazak regularly supplies Gibbs the specifications and guidance that enables GibbsCAM to produce and verify the most accurate CNC programs. Gibbs can also create models of machines and components, and incorporate them into GibbsCAM's dynamic machine simulation for an additional level of program prove-out. Verification and simulation reduce on-machine testing and increase safety at the machine.

Gibbs application engineers work closely with Mazak process application engineers at Mazak Technology Centers, worldwide, to validate and perfect GibbsCAM post processors for the unique configurations and capabilities of Mazak CNC machines. This effort has led GibbsCAM to offer the widest range of post processors for Mazak machines available from any CAM vendor.

GibbsCAM post processors cover Mazak's broad line of vertical and horizontal machining centers, and the simplest to most complex multi-axis, multi-task machines (MTM) with triple turrets and dual spindles, which include the Integrex series, Integrex e series, Multiplex series, Quick Turn series, Super Quadrex, Hyper Quadrex Model 150 MSY, Super Quick Turn and Quick Turn Nexus series, and the VariAxis series. Some key GibbsCAM post processor and other functions for Mazak MTM include:

  • Synchronization to optimize turret utilization and cycle times,
  • Simultaneous 4- and 5-axis machining,
  • Pinch or balanced turning, for simultaneous upper and lower turret work on the same spindle,
  • Synchronized milling, for simultaneous milling and drilling with upper and lower turrets on the same spindle,
  • Y-axis support on all turrets, and
  • Machine simulation for visual verification and collision detection and avoidance.

 

At TECMA, in Mexico City, (March 10-13), GibbsCAM was demonstrated continuously in the Mazak exhibit. Demonstrations included beginning-to-end programming and machining of a 3-axis part by Gibbs reseller Manufactura Especializada en CNC. Programming was done with GibbsCAM 2009's Advanced 3D High Speed Machining module, and the part was machined on the Mazak Nexus 510C-II CNC vertical machining center.

At Mazak Technical Center Open House events, Gibbs participation involved live (one-on-one) demonstrations or discussions with Mazak customers, in addition to continuous video demonstrations. At the two-day event, (February 9-10), in Houston, Texas, GibbsCAM technical support and live demonstrations were provided by local Gibbs reseller Texas Offline.

In Chicago, Illinois, Gibbs provided direct support for the three-day Open House (March 17-19), which included the keynote addresses by Brian Papke, Mazak Corporation President. Roger Ablett, Gibbs General Manager, Strategic Partner Program, delivered presentations on using GibbsCAM to improve the productivity of the Mazak Integrex MTM machines. The third day, a Career Day for students from local colleges and high schools, included presentations for those considering careers in manufacturing.

At the Open House at the Toronto Technical Center, April 1-2, Gibbs was assisted by GibbsCAM Reseller handling the Eastern Canadian market.

About Mazak Corporation

 

Mazak Corporation, with headquarters in Florence, Kentucky, is the North American manufacturing, sales and support arm of the leading international machine tool builder, Yamazaki Mazak Corporation (Oguchi, Japan). Mazak Corporation produces machine tools and systems for the precision machining of metal parts, including CNC turning centers, horizontal and vertical machining centers, multi-tasking machining centers, turnkey cells, and software solutions to help customers achieve lean, efficient manufacturing operations. It maintains a Technology Center Network to embrace customers' manufacturing challenges and to cooperatively seek solutions. Each Technology Center is equipped with the most advanced Mazak machine tools and staffed by process application engineers.