Fabrication Riveting System Programmer for Aerospace gives NC machine programmers a 3D environment that lets them create, simulate, validate and optimize production programs for complex drilling and riveting machines or robots driven by NC Controller operations in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Engineers can work with fasteners definitions issued from associated design and planning data and create and view each operation step by step in the correct manufacturing context. NFRSA makes it easy to access current information about machining resources, programs, and machine tool setup. NC programmers can capture and leverage enterprise intellectual property and share important information with other stakeholders in the enterprise.
Mitigate risk to production.
The realistic presentation of 3D enables engineers to create optimized programs in the manufacturing context: NC machine, NC accessories and other elements. This provides a better understanding of the machining cell and ensures that the tool path takes the machine’s physical environment into account. It reduces the risk of unexpected issues and production delays.
Accurate fastener management from planning to programming
NFRSA is on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform along with CATIA Part Design, Fasteners, and DELMIA process planning solutions. Instant collaboration between design, planning and manufacturing along with real-time updates help accelerate the production cycle. NC programmers can work faster and with greater precision as they visualize and validate the process in the virtual 3D environment and generate NC machine instructions.
NFRSA gives users the ability to create, simulate, and validate complex drilling and riveting programs using robots. NC programmers can now simulate production robots performing complex drilling and riveting processes in their machining cell. As they visualize and validate the process in the virtual 3D environment, they can generate NC machine instructions (APT code) to be used to program the NC controlled robot.
Automatic toolpath updates
When designers modify the product or planners change the process plan, the programing data can be updated accordingly and the toolpath can be automatically updated by NFRSA to reflect the up-to-date data.
Early problem detection
Offline machine programming, simulation and validation in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform exposes manufacturing and tooling problems early in the process. Changes can be made quickly and less expensively. Rework and production delays are dramatically reduced.
Time and cost savings through virtual NC code validation
Moving NC process prove-out offline saves time and money and reduces the risk of damaging machine tools due to NC program errors. Simulations based on NC code for all categories of machines enable users to validate NC code before loading it on the machine. During this step, controller characteristics like cutter compensation and linear and circular interpolation can be simulated and verified. Nominal cutting or maximum wear can be simulated. Users can also simulate NC code from a source other than the simulation for milling and millturning machines, even when they don’t have the programming data.
NFRSA was repackaged in 2021x with the following 2020x roles:
Fastener definition from geometry definition
When no fastener definition is available, fasteners can be defined from the geometry definition.
Openness for adding customer manufacturing information to fasteners
NFRSA’s open approach enables users to add programming information to the fastener data, giving the capacity to optimize programming time and output the necessary information to the machine.
Flexible management of fasteners
NFRSA gives programmers a flexible approach to grouping and sequencing fasteners. They can be sequenced by closest position, reverse sequence, or sequenced manually.
Easily view operations to be performed
Programmers can easily distinguish actions that have been completed and those that have yet to be performed, thanks to easy to use commands and a viewer.
Openness for defining multi-process operations and specific simulation and output generation
NFRSA provides openness to create a predefined set of instructions such as motions, instructions, fastener visibility and dwell. These instructions can be used to define the simulation and the output generated at the manufacturing fastener location. This includes the capacity to use parameters defined at the manufacturing fastener level and at the drilling and riveting operation level.
Automatic positioning detection
Programmers can add positioning detectors to NC machines to ensure that riveting actions are perpendicular. The positioning takes into account the geometry of the part with respect to the fastener.
Powerful simulation capabilities for early validation
NFRSA’s highly advanced machine simulation module identifies errors early in the process to shorten programming time. It lets engineers develop, optimize and validate programs with maximum efficiency. The simulation context saved in the 3DExperience platform allows users to organize their simulation reviews in the most convenient way. This also ensures traceability of the validation.
Collision simulation and management
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables NFRSA users to create accurate collision simulations of fastener installation and facilitates the use of simulation results to make corrections to the process.
Perform integrated, simultaneous simulation of NC machine motions and material removal based on the NC tool path and NC code
NC machine simulation based on the NC tool path helps users validate programmed tool paths by identifying erroneous and redundant machine motions before generating NC code. High-quality NC operations can be generated quickly. The quality of material removal can be checked and validated. NC programmers can generate and validate NC code as a final buy-off before it’s used on the shop floor
Check travel limits of machine tools
Axes limits can be displayed during simulation, giving users feedback about whether the selected NC machine can complete the program without exceeding limits.
Users can detect collisions in the machining cell caused by machine motion. Lists of objects to be inspected for collisions can be stored in the database and can be used in interactive sessions by multiple users.
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