Conversational programming and machine simulation lead controls innovations
What have been the biggest improvements to machine-controls technology in the past five years?
Andy Watkins, sales application engineer, Knox Machinery: Some of the biggest machine controls improvements have been in the ability to import CAD files directly into the control and create a conversational program from the CAD file. This reduces the human error factor and makes writing a program simple and fast. This feature, on the machines that provide it, can write dozens of lines of code in seconds and still be correct to the model. Additionally, very complicated geometry can be created with a few clicks by less-experienced operators, which has the added benefit of relieving the workload off of programmers and engineers.
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