The shop floor programming systems are designed to run on touchscreen monitors. According to the manufacturer, FeatureMILLSF offers step-by-step program creation and feature-based programming that allows customers to create holes, slots, or patterns by entering dimensions. Parts files created on the system can then be transferred directly to the manufacturer's CNC software on the machine tool, eliminating the transfer of G-code programs.
The manufacturer states that the shop floor programming products can shorten programming times for both simple and complex parts. In addition, with these tools, the CNC software can control axes, develop part programs, and integrate a variety of third-party technologies.
Manufacturing Data Systems, Inc. (MDSI), 220 E. Huron St., Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Tel: 734-769-9000. Fax: 734-769-9115.