the New Standard in CNC
Unprecedented flexibility and power over all operator and machine
functions is now available in A.I.M.'s new CNC, the superb new
PC-2100™. This revolutionary CNC provides both unparalleled ease of
use and world class servo performance. How was it done? Personal
computer technology was utilized to provide a unique open architecture
CNC. No, it's not an "off-the-shelf" PC adapted to a computer
numerical control. Rather, it's the very latest in CNC design and it's
enhanced with all the capabilities found in today's PC and more. And
that's a very, very big difference. Particularly when you are
operating simultaneously in foreground and background modes, working
with demanding third party software or using network communications
capabilities. Only A.I.M.'s use of the PC-2100 dual-processor design
(patent pending) can give you this flexibility without sacrificing
Since the PC-2100 employs two commercially available PC motherboards
at the heart of the design, our capabilities can be upgraded and
expanded as new technology becomes available. The PC-2100 functions
and displays have been generated with a powerful, multi-tasking
Microsoft operating system as the foundation, making this CNC very
friendly, very flexible and extremely capable. Whether it's hardware
or software, you won't be anchored in yesterday's technology.
Amazing What Your Finger Can Do
It's more powerful than you thought. With A.I.M.'s use of the PC-2100,
it runs the entire system through the standard, durable touch screen.
Simply touch the icon for the function you want, and you're off and
running. With its "point-and-push" operation, it's simple, quick and
Editor With Full Cut and Paste
Of course we can edit in background, while the machine produces parts.
The unique dual program editor allows us to edit two programs in the
background, using powerful cut and paste features to share information
System Capability at the CNC
Engineering Geometry Systems (EGS) from Salt Lake City,
UT, worked directly with Tree, Siemens, and other machine tool
builders to create FeatureMILLSF. FeatureMILLSF, made specifically
for the shop floor, provides full touch screen support without the
need for a mouse or keyboard. It also includes the following benefits,
characteristic of all FeatureCAM products:
FeatureMILLSF is also compatible with EGS' family of
off-line CAM products. They each use EGS' feature-based approach,
which allows customers to create features such as holes, slots or
patterns just by entering dimensions. Part files that are created
off-line can be transferred directly to the shop floor systems for
last minute editing and posting. This approach eliminates the transfer
of archaic G-code programs.
Interactive Program Data Entry
Don't worry if you can't remember-the PC-2100 will. With its standard
Resident Assistant Programmer (RAP), it provides simple graphic "push
buttons" to select from a wide variety of programming functions. For
example, touch the icon for drilling, then follow the graphic prompts
to add required data. The correct G-code is generated and displayed as
you enter the data, saving time and reducing the chance for errors.
RAP also works interactively with the operator: use the
pendant-mounted handwheel to move the machine where you want it, then
have RAP remember that position for use in the program, "teaching" the
machine. RAP-generated cycles are able to be executed immediately,
saved as a new program or even pasted into an existing program.
Management Comes Alive
Instead of presenting important tool information as a mere list of
numbers, the PC-2100 graphically shows you each tool, illustrated with
its offsets, location, length and much more. You can also choose to
view the arrangement of the entire tool matrix. Customizable displays
allow you to sort, select and view your tools in ways you've never
thought possible. The PC-2100 even holds data for tools not at the
machine, allowing you to "library" your tool data.
Power is in Your Hands
With the PC-2100 you don't have to "reach out" to touch the control. A
convenient hand-held pendant places many important control functions
at your fingertips-take it with you to speed your setup. With its
built-in display, use it to set up tools, establish offsets, jog axes
and much more. Magnet mounting means it's kept wherever you
power. The standard dual 32-bit processors are powerful and
upgradeable to the latest technology, providing increasing capability
and speed over the life of your machine.
flexibility. *Add off-the-shelf software to suit your needs,
and run it while machining. Also take advantage of three powerful ways
to program: advanced EIA RS411 G-code, interactive RAP and the
optional Gibbs SFP on-board shop floor programming system.
standard features, including helical interpolation, 1200-foot
program storage, scaling, rotation, mirroring, drawing display,
arithmetic and trigonometric calculations (in program), parametric
subroutines, branching and much more.
interfaceability. *The open-architecture PC-2100 allows you
to connect directly to Local Area Networks to create a built-in DNC
system. By simply plugging in a network adapter card, integration into
your LAN is easy and seamless.
*To ensure system compatibility and
safety, add only hardware and software that has been approved by
Tree Machine Tools, Inc. for use in the PC-2100.
RAP™ is a trademark of Siemens, Inc.
Engineering Geometry Systems®, EGS™, FeatureCam™ and FeatureMILLSF™
are trademarks of Engineering Geometry Systems.
Microsoft® and Windows NT® are trademarks of the Microsoft
©1996 Siemens, Inc.