Microsoft Windows based CNC control software for Datron high speed CNC machining centers



As the leader in CNC innovation, we know that just because our product is so complex doesn’t mean our controller should be. After all, our job is to make your job easier … and machine operators rely on DATRON for agility and efficiency. Well, what could achieve efficiency better than a Windows Control that provides information in a familiar, intuitive format?


DATRON’s unique Windows-based Software provides ease-of-use while delivering robust functionality. Operators can view or edit programs during machining, run other software simultaneously as the machine is milling or download large files through a company network. Plus, they can remotely diagnose the machine or monitor the machine’s activity through a standard Internet connection … anytime, anyplace.


2D CAD/CAM-Software:
The CAD/CAM software package PrimCAM offers excellent features at an affordable price. Clearly structured menus allow even beginners to write CNC programs in no time at all.


3D-CAD/CAM Software:
With DIN/ISO standard interfaces and an APT (CL-Print) interface, each DATRON machining system is compatible to all standard 3D CAD/CAM programs. While any CAM software that outputs NC (gcode) will work, our customers prefer the following:


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Details on the DATRON Control:

DATRON CNC control software is easy to use and displayed on a ergonomic vertical display.Interfacing with the software is done easily with key strokes on the keyboard or a simple click of the mouse. All the standard Windows© short key functions and features make the learning curve short and the daily operation easy. The software is available in an off-line version for the desktop PC. Both the machine and desktop versions of the software will run on any standard Pentium© PC, Windows© 98, 2000, XP and NT. Therefore the PC shipped with a Datron machine can be upgraded and maintained by your own IT department or external PC source vendors.

Windows based CNC control software for Datron high speed CNC milling machinesFamiliar Windows program features make loading a project fast and easy. The user can select a drop-down menu that has a history of the last files they machined … or run a program located on another PC on the network.

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A dialog box associated with the command used for edge finding with the integrated XYZ probe. Datron CNC machines have a Microsoft Windows based control software with dialog boxes for the 3D probing function and edge finding in XYZ

With each command, the user’s entries appear in a dialog box that is intuitive and user-friendly. They simply enter the values in each input field and tab from field-to-field like any other Windows-based program. The final entry is entered into the program editor in the proper machine code sequence. To edit the command line, the user just double clicks on the line of code and the dialogue box reappears. Math functions used with the Windows calculator can easily be cut and pasted into any field.
The standard control allows the user to load and execute standard Fanuc© G and M codes without having to convert them with a special post processor. So, if a CAD/CAM package is being used with an existing post processor for another CNC machine, in most cases, the same post can be used. They can even mix together G and M codes with Datron commands such as the Probe command. The intelligent control can decipher between standard Fanuc© G and M codes and the time-saving Datron canned cycle commands. The control also offers the ability to use variables and math functions, with both Datron commands and G Codes. Datron's Windows based control allows the user to load and execute standard Fanuc G and M codes without conversion
In addition to running standard G Code, the Windows control offers a multitude of additional commands to simplify the production of parts. For example, there are commands that control the touch probe and perform automated routines for pocketing, making simple contours and engraving text such as serialization. There is even a command to thread mill all types of threads in an extensive range of sizes from a 2-56 internal hole to a 2” external thread. In some applications, additional CAD/CAM software might not be required. But even if CAD/CAM is required for more complex parts, the software can still be used to face mill the top of a die or drill mounting holes in a plate to assist the machinist in set-up. Datron's Windows based control software includes automated routines for common functions like pocketing and engraving text
The data for all tools in Datron’s optional, 10-, 20- or 40-tool change system can be stored in the controller’s tool database. To edit a tool, the user simply double-clicks on a tool line item and the dialogue box showing the parameters for that tool appears. The tool database in Datron's Windows based control software contains parameters for the tools stored in the CNC machine's automatic tool changer
Many parameters can be entered for each tool including actual diameter, which is used to compensate for cutter wear. There is even a counter for tool life, which monitors the actual machining time of each tool. The user can have the software alert them if the tool reaches its established life expectancy. There is also a parameter to differentiate between an end mill and a drill, which, for example, prevents the user from accidentally milling a pocket with a drill bit. Parameters for tools in tool database can be used to compensate for tool wear
The Windows-based control software has a very comprehensive simulation section. The ability to print the part as a graphic, export a simulation as a .jpeg or analyze and obtain statistics on a region of a part is done by creating a window around the area. The user can print the part graphic or machining statistics including the estimated cycle time. A color system indicates the depths of cut and the user can animate the machining process. They can flip between the editor and the simulation screen with a click of a mouse or pressing a function key. Datron's Windows based control software has simulation section that includes estimated cycle time
For CAD/CAM packages with more sophisticated three-dimensional surfacing capabilities, the Datron control offers a unique feature called smoothing. Similar to NURB technology, the operator can turn the command on or off at any point in a program and optimize the vector travel of the machine — this smoothes out the movements, creating significant improvements in surface finish and production times. This feature is extremely beneficial in three-dimensional machining and has reduced cycle times by half, in some cases.
The smoothing function in Datron's Windows based control software is similar to NURBS technology
The Windows-based control has a very powerful feature that uses variables to globally change a program. For example, a engraved part that ranges from .010” or .025” deep depending on whether it is paint filled or not, can be produced using the same program by modifying a single variable that alters the depth of the engraving. The controller can be programmed to have a question appear on the screen asking the operator to enter a value such as a depth, serial number or quantity of parts. For more sophisticated programs or complicated parts, math functions can be performed on the variable by entering values at the machine or having them entered from an Excel© spreadsheet. Using variables can also be used to create a printable .txt report that monitors the production of a machine. For example, it could allow 1st shift management to see what was produced at certain times during the 2nd and 3rd shifts. There is even the ability to use “if” and “goto” statements (commonly used in programming) to have a program make decisions based on values entered. For example, if a depth is entered greater than .025”, the machine could warn the operator of an error.
Datron's Windows based CNC control software includes variables to globally change a program
The control has the flexibility to interface with external automation systems such as pallet changers, robotics and clamping systems. With 16 input/outputs and many options within each I/O, the control can tackle very sophisticated automation requirements. The control can also run up to 32 separate I-Servo© drives simultaneously for complex automation requirements. Datron's Windows based control software  has I/O for the flexibility to interface with external automation
Datron has committed an entire section of software just for improving service and support of their products. The operator can very easily check items such as the current consumption on a servo motor, temperature of the spindle and electronic continuity. A report function allows users with questions or problems to simply type a message in a dialogue box and email the report to a Datron service specialist right from their machine. This report includes all the error message files, system files and .ini files from the machine to help Datron service specialists make a diagnosis and quickly provide a solution. If desired, the Windows-based control has the ability to remotely diagnosis the machine over the Internet. This feature involves setting up the correct protocols with the user’s IT department. Datron's Windows based control software allows the user to send reports through a reporting function so that the CNC machine performance can be analyzed remotely