Early Control Development with VINCENT
Virtual Numerical Control Environment (VINCENT)
New or modified control programs inevitably have to be tested on real NC machines. Nonetheless, this is a risky process for many machinery manufacturers and is preceded by as many tests as possible on the drawing board. One major risk is the destruction of a machine or damage to a workpiece by colliding components. The working area of units for the interacting assemblies of complex machines often cannot be separated mechanically and an unfinished control program has to keep components from colliding.
VINCENT generates kinematic models of machines from imported CAD data and uses IFF-RTI technology to connect them to real NC controllers dynamically. Embedded real-time collision detection detects and visualizes mechanical interference, even in highly complex machine models. This makes it possible to engineer control systems on a virtual model with realistic physical performance.
A machine’s mechanical structure is the basis of its model. Blocks, which are freely positionable and individually connectable in the structural view, enable users to define any kinematic configuration, including closed loops and branches, intuitively and quickly.