Ways of enhancing the performance of machine tools and increasing brand identity are key highlights of NUM Corporation's booth at IMTS 2012. These attributes stem from the scalability and customization possibilities of the company's advanced Flexium CNC kernel. The company will also announce a large number of technical advances spanning its entire CNC range, from the CNC kernel and HMI, through its specialist drives and motors, to the company's well-known simulation software.
NUM's Flexium CNC kernel with its soft PLC is very popular with specialized machine tool builders because of its scalability. This allows OEMs to use the same control system across a complete range of machine designs. It can be applied economically to small machines with up to five axes and spindles for example, or much larger machines with up to 200 axes. This particularly helps smaller machine tool OEMs with limited R&D resources to create custom solutions easily and quickly.
Another aspect of the application-specific capability of NUM's CNC range is the Flexium HMI. It is also highly adaptable, and can be programmed using standard tools such as HTML, Java Script, or one of the PC-based rapid software development environments. This flexibility makes it easy for users to add their own unique 'look and feel' to machines, rather than settling for the fixed user interfaces from some other CNC providers that can only be modified by the manufacturer.
"Being able to maintain just one PLC and one user interface dramatically reduces the workload on busy engineering departments, and allows both faster deployment of new features to customers, and a simpler means for an OEM to create unique 'look and feel' branding", says NUM's CEO, Peter von Rueti.
NUM's long-established range of drives and motors complement Flexium with a motion control capability that is highly optimized for machine tool applications.
The comprehensive range of CNC technology is complemented by NUM's business philosophy, which emphasises the value of engineering partnerships. NUM's willingness to provide machine tool OEMs with in-depth support on aspects such as writing software and tuning machines is winning significant new customers in today's fast-changing machine tool marketplace.