Saving Time When Making Moulds
Wessling (Germany), Apr 13, 2015 – At its Mulhouse plant in Alsace, PSA Peugeot Citroën depends on hyperMILL®, a CAM/CAD system from OPEN MIND Technologies AG. The car manufacturer produces aluminium moulds and tools for forging and thermoforming at the plant. Since introducing hyperMILL®, PSA has benefited from the numerous options for automation offered by NC programming.
In the past, PSA employees had to write their own macros if they wanted to make it easier to program recurring geometric shapes. The macros were time-consuming to maintain, and constantly had to be adapted to new software versions. In the search for new CAM software, hyperMILL® stood out as the obvious choice because it offers numerous options for automated programming; intelligent macros are just one example. Today, the software is being used in all areas.
“hyperMILL® is a forward-looking solution offering innovative technologies for 2D, 3D, HSC, mill/turn and 5x machining. We were impressed by its intuitive user interface, its simple and transparent management of complex processes and its straightforward way of including user-defined macro instructions and maintaining them in later versions,” reports Laurent Sifferlen, who is responsible for tool and CAD/CAM quality in the PSA workgroup.
Serge Locher, a programmer at PSA, explains: “We were able to automate the transfer of CAD models from CATIA, and discovered in the process that we were able to eliminate all of the sources of errors that can arise during automation, for example during drilling. We could reuse our macro instructions for drilling or machining work and use them to create new instructions directly in hyperMILL®.”
Roughing with hyperMAXX®
The PSA plant in Mulhouse employs hyperMAXX®, a high-performance cutting module. Fully integrated into hyperMILL®, this roughing module ensures optimal milling paths and maximum material removal. It translates into time savings of roughly 30 per cent for PSA, while also drastically reducing wear and tear on tools.
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Serge Locher (right) and Jorge de Carvalho of OPEN MIND
at the PSA plant in Mulhouse
hyper MAXX®: Thirty per cent less time for machining
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About OPEN MIND Technologies AG
OPEN MIND Technologies AG is a leading developer of CAM/CAD software and postprocessors for designing and manufacturing complex moulds and parts. OPEN MIND is one of the world’s five largest providers of CAM solutions according to the NC Market Analysis Report 2014 compiled by the CIMdata market research company.
OPEN MIND offers an extensive selection of products ranging from 2D feature-oriented solutions for milling standard parts through to software for 5axis simultaneous machining.
OPEN MIND Technologies AG is represented in all key markets in Asia, Europe and America with their hyperMILL® software, which is used in the automotive, tool and mould manufacturing, mechanical engineering, medical and aerospace, and watch and jewellery industries.
OPEN MIND Technologies AG is a Mensch und Maschine company ( www.mum.de).
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