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    Hi guys! Mindy (m1ndy) with Okuma here. One of our applications engineers has a new blog post that I thought you might find helpful. The article shows how advanced functions of the OSP-P300 control provide added versatility and help simplify procedures in your shop. Of course usage can vary depending on your particular machining processes, but he shares just a couple of the “best kept secrets” you can use on your control (including sample programs). Check it out. Hidden CNC Control Functions | Okuma

    If you know of other functions that you'd like to share, we'd love to hear those, too. Comment here or on the blog post. We love to hear how our customers are using our machines.

    Mindy Mikami
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    Hi Mindy,

    Thanks for the link. It's great that Okuma is starting to publish information about it's controls publicly. We have a Genos lathe that is great, but it's still difficult finding good, detailed, real-world information about programming. IMO, the manuals leave a bit to be desired, but we get along. The post did reveal something useful for me as I've always wondered how to display my program variables.

    Another great idea would be for Okuma to add a real programming forum to their website that would be moderated by Okuma application guys. Just an opinion.

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    Thanks twabscs. We'll keep sharing info, so stay tuned. Our engineers are super busy, so I pick their brains when I can. I also encourage them to keep an eye on forums like this, so hopefully they are reaching out to help when they can. If you're doing anything cool with that GENOS, don't hesitate to let us know. You can post photos on our Facebook page, Twitter, LinkedIn, or just email me any time at [email protected]. We LOVE sharing our customers' successes (non-proprietary stuff, of course)! Thanks for using Okuma!

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    Mindy I'm curious if you can scratch an answer out of one of your engineers that might help simplify, something I figure we are over complicating. We have established tool life on most of our production runs, but our count up/program stop method seems to confuse most of out operators. We currently have the following statements vc1=vc1+10, to count up on a set of ten parts per cycle. We then will set the same type of counter on the tools and use IF/GOTO statements to stop the program when our limits are reached. I can't imagine that there is not a more simple way for us to set restrictions on tool cycles and streamline this process. Any advise would be greatly appreciated!

    Blake

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    Blake,

    Let me see what I can find out. Have you ever asked your Okuma distributor? They are usually pretty good at answering this type of question.

    Mindy

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    Blake,

    I have spoken with Paul (the author of the blog post you read), and here is his response:

    Blake, If you are using our standard Tool Life Management function, you can have the counts increment by using the command “TLCO=10” at the end of the tool operation (assuming that you are using the ‘Count’ method instead of ‘Time’). That will automatically change your count value by 10 eliminating the need for the variables and logic in your part programs.
    Hope this helps.
    If you need further assistance or instruction, I highly recommend giving your local Okuma distributor a call. If you're not sure who that is, you can look it up at www.okuma.com/distributors.

    Best of luck and thanks for using Okuma machine tools.

    Mindy

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    Mindy, thanks for the help. I did contact gossiger and I am looking forward to learning how to use the tool life management function on our machines. This will solve all my worries and increase efficiency all in one.

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    Hi Mindy,

    Thank you for answering questions here.

    I am wondering if there is a way to hide the NC program from the Operators in Okuma machines.

    To be specific, are the followings achievable?
    We developed a program called O1234 and now we want to lock it. The program can only be run but what is inside of it will not be shown on the screen. Also, it is not possible to edit or read the program without a password.

    Thanks in advance

    Steph

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    Stephan,

    If you have a relatively newer OSP controller, you can look into installing the following app:

    https://www.myokuma.com/view-control

    It may have the capability that you described. I actually just installed it on my OSP-200M today, but have not messed around with it yet.


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