THINC® CNC Apps Fill the Skills Gap
With the ever-growing gap in manufacturing workforce and talent, it’s important to utilize every available technological advancement. Did you know there’s a treasure trove of efficiency-enhancing tools right at your fingertips with the THINC®-OSP CNC control? Because of its Windows®-based, open architecture platform, this fully open system makes it possible to easily install customized applications. Imagine creating CNC apps that remotely check CNC machine status (without needing video surveillance), send email alerts for alarms directly to your phone, or set up traceability programs that automatically connect part serial numbers to their associated processing data. You can check out many more app ideas in our recent blog post “10 Tricks You Can Teach Your CNC Control.”
How About Some FREE CNC Apps!
The THINC Developers Group provides a community for generating ideas, collaboration, promotion and support of THINC-related technology for its members. The group aids in the continuous improvement of the THINC CNC control and develops applications to help manufacturers improve productivity through the use of the THINC control. Currently, there are two THINC CNC apps you can download right now – free of charge – that help increase CNC machining efficiency.
Two Free CNC Apps You Can Download Now
- Simple Program Selection via Barcode App Enables an Okuma THINC user to scan a barcode with a USB barcode reader to select a program. The main part program associated with the code is automatically transferred to the machine’s program storage area and selected (ready to run). An associated set up instruction file may also be displayed. Download the free app here.
- Visual Assistance Support App Instantly displays helpful images for the operator at any point in a part program or process. The images assist with machine setup, visual part inspection, and other functions. The machine programmer needs only to set the value of a pre-determined Common Variable from within a part program. The application monitors the Common Variable and displays a stored image corresponding to any new value that’s read - one image at a time. The display size and position of the image are saved for each use. Download the free app here.
There are so many opportunities for CNC app development using the THINC control. Contact us or your local distributor if you’d like to work on creating your own.