MINT-NC - CAD to motion
If you have any kind of unusual contouring or profiling application, manufacturers are often faced with the stark prospect of adapting their process in order to use a standard machine - or the costly and time-consuming task of building a custom automation solution from scratch. MINT-NC gives users the building blocks to rapidly assemble a machine to suit the production task exactly.
Typical applications include:
- Tangential knife
- Water jet
- Glue laying
- Laser cutting
The MINT-NC software provides machine builders with an extremely rapid and flexible solution for creating contouring and profiling machinery and automation. MINT-NC provides a PC-based environment that will import information in industry-standard CAD formats including G-code, HPGL and DXF, and generate the required real-time motion commands. Included are tools for creating application-specific user interfaces, using standard programming environments such as Visual Basic or C. For example, users can easily create custom man-machine interfaces that present graphical displays of geometry combined with program listings and simple machine controls such as jog and home buttons.
MINT-NC may be used in a variety of modes depending on the process requirements. It can provide an automatic CAD-to-production system for one-off tasks such as rapid prototyping for instance. Equally, it could be used as a front-end to create solutions for repetitive tasks, such as the cutting of vehicle air bags. Here, users can import CAD files, integrate the geometry with the speed and control data, and export the data as a motion script suitable for downloading to a MINT motion controller.
The standard interfaces built into MINT-NC, including ActiveX compatibility, allow developers to integrate systems readily with other specialist hardware. An example might be cameras and image processing libraries. Data from a subsystem like this could be used to generate geometric information to drive the motion hardware, facilitating the automation of a wide range of further applications - especially those where products are made in single or low quantities, and production tasks must be adapted to suit the item being processed.
Real-time motion control hardware support is provided by means of the NextMove motion controller range operating over either the PCI or USB bus, and matched drives and servo motors. MINT-compatible motion controllers provide PLC-style I/O resources - providing a comprehensive set of the components required to configure and assemble machine control systems.
Among the applications for MINT-NC are laser and water jet profilers, routers, grinders and tangential knife cutters, together with a wide range of related specialized production tasks such as welding, imaging, and inspection.
For more information:
||MINT-NC license and ActiveX libraries