GibbsCAM System Supports Efficient Programming Of broad Range Of Multi-Task Machining Tools

MOORPARK, CA – September 7, 2005 – Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software for programming computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinery and controls, announced today that they will feature their innovative GibbsCAM MTM™ (Multi-Task Machining) at the EMO 2005 Conference. The convention is being held from September 14th– 21st at the Hannover Fairgrounds in Hannover, Germany.

The GibbsCAM MTM (Multi-Task Machining) module 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 4-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.

“Production efficiency requires that manufacturers consider new machine tool types like multi-tasking machines,” states Bill Gibbs, company founder and president. “Similarly, programming efficiency requires that manufacturers make use of next generation CAM systems, like GibbsCAM MTM, in order to fully access the capabilities of their multi-tasking machines.” In addition, MTM machine tool configurations often integrate powerful milling spindles offering substantial milling capability. To support these MTM machines, 4- and 5-axis simultaneous machining can be integrated with GibbsCAM MTM.

Widespread adoption of multi-task machining machine tools has been somewhat constrained because programming them has been extremely difficult. GibbsCAM MTM provides 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 straight forward 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.

Since its introduction in September 2002, GibbsCAM MTM has expanded its support to the broadest range of multi-tasking machine tools and is now capable of supporting the majority of popular models, such as Mazak Integrex 200 III ST, Okuma MacTurn 250W, Nakamura Tome WTS 150 and Super NTJ, Daewoo Puma 230, 300 and 2500, Mori Seiki MT 1000SZ, MT 2000SZ, and MT 2500SZ, Tsugami BS 20 C III, Star SV 32, and Citizen E, L, and M series. Rather than relying upon the end user to setup up the system parameters and post processors, GibbsCAM MTM’s factory supplied configurations and post processors capture every subtle nuance introduced by a customer’s specific machine tool configuration. What is displayed on the screen by GibbsCAM’s Cut Part Rendering is what is machined.

“With their configurability, multi-task machines are rarely identical,” explains Mr. Gibbs. “Providing someone with a pre-existing config file or post may get them close. But when ‘close’ just isn’t good enough, use GibbsCAM MTM custom posts. Factory-supplied, custom posts and configurations ensure users spend their time being productive and cutting parts, not figuring out how to get their posts working properly.”

For more information, see GibbsCAM MTM at the EMO show at Stand D62 in Hall 15, or visit the company’s web site at www.GibbsCAM.com.

About Gibbs and Associates and GibbsCAM

For over twenty years, Gibbs and Associates has been a leader in providing cutting edge CAD/CAM technology, while maintaining its signature ease-of-use and productivity. Powerfully Simple, Simply Powerful is the guiding philosophy at Gibbs. Gibbs believes in empowering the NC programmer, machinist, and manufacturing engineer, not eliminating them. Gibbs’ goal is to introduce manufacturers to new technologies and new ways of working that makes their machining easier and their businesses more profitable. To achieve this goal, Gibbs creates tools that are naturally intuitive, graphically interactive, extremely visual, associative, and just plain enjoyable to use. Gibbs provides a total quality solution with the service and support successful customers require.

The current GibbsCAM product line supports 2- through 5-axis milling, turning, mill/turning, multi-task simultaneous machining and wire-EDM. GibbsCAM also provides fully integrated manufacturing modeling capabilities that include 2D, 2.5D, 3D wireframe, surface, and solid modeling. GibbsCAM has received Microsoft’s “Designed for Windows XP/2000” certification. GibbsCAM’s data exchange capabilities are able to access the broadest range of native and industry standard CAD data formats. GibbsCAM is certified under the Autodesk Inventor Certified Application Program (Inventor 10), is a Solid Edge Certified Select Product (Solid Edge V17), and is a SolidWorks Certified CAM Product (SolidWorks 2006). GibbsCAM is either offered or endorsed by a number of leading worldwide control and machine tool manufacturers, including GE Fanuc, Siemens, Mazak, Fadal, and Mitsubishi. Gibbs and Associates distributes its products worldwide through a network of international Resellers. For more information about Gibbs and Associates and its CAM software packages, call 1-800-654-9399, or visit the company on-line at www.GibbsCAM.com.



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