Gibbs SFP Standard Feature With Fadal CNC Machines

Yvonne Anderson
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MOORPARK, CA – September 8, 2004> – Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM®, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software for programming computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, and Fadal Machining Centers (Chatsworth, CA), a company of ThyssenKrupp Technologies, announced today that Gibbs SFP® (Shop Floor Programming) will be included as a standard feature with the entire line of CNC machine tools produced by Fadal which incorporate Fadal's new 104/D controller. Gibbs SFP significantly expands the built-in programming tools for Fadal customers to allow them to maximize their productivity. This offering is the next logical step in the long term relationship between the two companies providing complete machining solutions for customers. "The 104/D represents the latest advances in controller technology," states Glenn de Caussin, Fadal's Director of Software and Control Engineering. "Shipping Gibbs SFP preloaded on the 104/D controller ensures users are productive with their Fadal machining centers as quickly as possible. And in this highly competitive market, that productivity pays off."

"Over the years, Gibbs and Fadal have had a long collaboration," comments Bill Gibbs, founder and president of Gibbs and Associates. "During this time, Gibbs SFP has become the industry leader in on-control programming systems for open controllers. Using Gibbs SFP, Fadal users will be able to produce parts faster, getting a return on their equipment sooner."

Gibbs SFP is fully compatible with the offline GibbsCAM software allowing process models to be exchanged between the two. Programming offices can forward high-content process models to the machine tool which the operator can review and make any local adjustments necessary. These modifications can be saved and sent back to the programming office for their reference. Full compatibility between the two systems also ensures full protection of the users' investment which starts with Gibbs SFP. Customers may also add optional incremental functionality to Gibbs SFP, which are comparable to Gibbs' offline CAM systems, as well as optional support for reading part models in numerous CAD formats.

About Fadal Machining Centers
Established in 1961 in North Hollywood, California, Fadal moved to its present headquarters location in Chatsworth, California in 1993. In 1997, Fadal became a ThyssenKrupp Technologies company when ThyssenKrupp purchased Giddings & Lewis, who had purchased Fadal in 1995. Fadal manufactures three lines of VMCs, two CNC controls and a line of rotary tables, indexers and pallet shuttle systems at this location. Fadal's VMCs range from 550 mm x 400 mm up to 2032 x 760 mm, and cover a broad range of applications, which include steel, titanium, aluminum, plastics and wood. Fadal maintains extensive training programs, technical support teams, as well as a strong global network of qualified distributors to provide local world-class after-sales support. For more information about the company visit

About Gibbs and Associates and GibbsCAM
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2004, 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, is a Solid Edge Certified Select application, and is a SolidWorks Certified CAM Application. GibbsCAM is either offered or endorsed by a number of leading worldwide control and machine tool manufacturers, including GE Fanuc, Siemens, 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

The Gibbs logo, GibbsCAM, GibbsCAM logo, Virtual Gibbs, Gibbs SFP, SolidSurfacer, MTM and "Powerfully Simple. Simply Powerful." are either trademark(s) or registered trademark(s) of Gibbs and Associates in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft, Windows, and the Windows logo are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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