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    Esprit CAM supports new purchases at GW Martin

    • By MTDCNC
    • March 23, 2021
    • 3 minute read

    GW Martin in Eastleigh is a subcontract manufacturer that has invested heavily to fulfil its growth ambitions with two twin-spindle twin-turret Mazak Multiplex and two CMZ turning centres, all installed in the last two years. The four mill/turn machines are all highly automated with gantry loading, which emphasises the importance this Hampshire company places on providing the utmost in service, precision and quality. To support this level of investment, GW Martin has also invested in CAM software from Esprit CAM UK Ltd. 

    The South Coast subcontractor has machine tools from the likes of Miyano, Mazak, CMZ, Index, Doosan, Hardinge, Citizen and Star – and it needed a CAM system that would support its variety of machine tool brands. Chris Edwards from Esprit CAM UK Ltd says: “GW Martin invested in the Esprit software and in terms of the user interface, our software is a full spectrum system where users can programme anything from wire EDM up to 5-axis machining, turning and mill/turn through a multi-channel user interface. We have also incorporated additive manufacturing into the system as well.”

    At GW Martin, Esprit CAM software is running 14 highly automated machine tools that consist of seven different brands. Referring to this, Chris Edwards says: “We are capable of driving a whole plethora of different machine tools and this is complemented by a fantastic library of post-processors. So, in the case that we have here with GW Martin, we only had to create two new post processors, the others come from our current expertise, which enables us to have machines up and running for customers very quickly. At GW Martin, this meant the integration time was  very short.”

    Alluding to the importance of post-processors, Chris Edwards continues: “I think that post-processing is one of the most important aspects of any CAD/CAM system. Being able to give out the correct G-codes from the system so they can drive machines correctly is critical. We also do very high-quality simulation as well, so customers can see what they are getting before they post-process. However, we have now moved on from calling them post-processors to digital machine packages. The reason for that is that we have integrated all the kinematics of the machine tools into the post-processing operation. So, when we go from design to manufacturing and programming the parts, you get a full simulation of how that machine tool is going to operate before you output the data to the machine tool. We use a traffic light system, so any problems are highlighted. This means we are creating a very flexible and stable process for the machine tools. We can take a program that was created from one machine tool and transfer it to a completely different machine using our AI technology, which we call ‘machine swap’.”

    “This means we can take a job, for example, from a three-axis vertical machining centre and move it to a horizontal machining centre with a tombstone, and we can generate all of the toolpaths with just a click of the button. The AI engine also coordinates the sequence of the tools.”

     “Essentially, with the AI system we are using the intelligence of the models that we have and the kinematics of the machine along with the AI engine to make sure that when we are generating output from the tool paths, we are taking the shortest possible distances and using the cutting tools efficiently. We also incorporated into that, our patented technology which is called ‘profit milling’ and ‘profit turning’,” concludes Mr Edwards.

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    Esprit CAM supports new purchases at GW Martin

    GW Martin in Eastleigh is a subcontract manufacturer that has invested heavily to fulfil its growth ambitions with two twin-spindle twin-turret Mazak Multiplex and two CMZ turning centres, all installed in the last two years. The four mill/turn machines are all highly automated with gantry loading, which emphasises the importance this Hampshire company places on providing the utmost in service, precision and quality. To support this level of investment, GW Martin has also invested in CAM software from Esprit CAM UK Ltd. 

    The South Coast subcontractor has machine tools from the likes of Miyano, Mazak, CMZ, Index, Doosan, Hardinge, Citizen and Star – and it needed a CAM system that would support its variety of machine tool brands. Chris Edwards from Esprit CAM UK Ltd says: “GW Martin invested in the Esprit software and in terms of the user interface, our software is a full spectrum system where users can programme anything from wire EDM up to 5-axis machining, turning and mill/turn through a multi-channel user interface. We have also incorporated additive manufacturing into the system as well.”

    At GW Martin, Esprit CAM software is running 14 highly automated machine tools that consist of seven different brands. Referring to this, Chris Edwards says: “We are capable of driving a whole plethora of different machine tools and this is complemented by a fantastic library of post-processors. So, in the case that we have here with GW Martin, we only had to create two new post processors, the others come from our current expertise, which enables us to have machines up and running for customers very quickly. At GW Martin, this meant the integration time was  very short.”

    Alluding to the importance of post-processors, Chris Edwards continues: “I think that post-processing is one of the most important aspects of any CAD/CAM system. Being able to give out the correct G-codes from the system so they can drive machines correctly is critical. We also do very high-quality simulation as well, so customers can see what they are getting before they post-process. However, we have now moved on from calling them post-processors to digital machine packages. The reason for that is that we have integrated all the kinematics of the machine tools into the post-processing operation. So, when we go from design to manufacturing and programming the parts, you get a full simulation of how that machine tool is going to operate before you output the data to the machine tool. We use a traffic light system, so any problems are highlighted. This means we are creating a very flexible and stable process for the machine tools. We can take a program that was created from one machine tool and transfer it to a completely different machine using our AI technology, which we call ‘machine swap’.”

    “This means we can take a job, for example, from a three-axis vertical machining centre and move it to a horizontal machining centre with a tombstone, and we can generate all of the toolpaths with just a click of the button. The AI engine also coordinates the sequence of the tools.”

     “Essentially, with the AI system we are using the intelligence of the models that we have and the kinematics of the machine along with the AI engine to make sure that when we are generating output from the tool paths, we are taking the shortest possible distances and using the cutting tools efficiently. We also incorporated into that, our patented technology which is called ‘profit milling’ and ‘profit turning’,” concludes Mr Edwards.