One of the most time-consuming jobs for a CNC programmer is management of their part programs and associated production documents. NC-Base makes that job easier and goes one step further. By providing programmers with an integrated and flexible search and editing tool they can work more efficiently and effectively.
When combined with DNC-Max the job is even easier. DNC-Max can automatically import data into NC-Base, including defining characteristics such as part number, description, operation, etc., making the programmer's job of reviewing and managing uploaded data less of a chore. For operators on the shop floor, a view only version of the NC-Base Client makes easy work of retrieving part programs and viewing production documents in a paperless environment.
Discrete part manufacturers, no matter what they machine, have to work with CNC programs - every one of them, whether the programs are generated by an in-house programming department or provided by vendors or third party programmers. Since the beginning CIMCO has focused on tools that help manufacturers manage, optimize, and distribute CNC programs.
Storage and Retrieval
Effective storage requires an organized framework for managing and accessing vital production information. Using industry standard relational SQL databases like Microsoft SQL and MySQL, CIMCO NC-Base provides a fast, flexible, and reliable system for all your production information.
Controlling who can access and modify information is a critical component in any information management system. NC-Base achieves this by using a highly flexible user/group permission system that allows the administrator to specify who is allowed to view, modify, approve files etc.
NC-Base features a comprehensive, yet easy to use, version control system that automatically tracks any changes made, not only to the CNC programs, but also to associated production documentation. Every version of a file is stored in the system, along with information about when the change was made, who made it and why it was made. The operator can at any time create a new version or restore an older version. Using the integrated compare function, different version can be quickly compared side by side.
NC-Base is fully integrated with the DNC-Max 5, CIMCO’s flagship CNC networking solution, allowing operators to request and retrieve CNC programs or save “as-run” CNC programs directly from the CNC control or NC-Base client. CIMCO NC-Base integrates seamlessly with most CAD/CAM applications. Using the auto import function programs generated in the programming department are automatically imported into the database. Existing ERP/PDM systems can extract data directly from the SQL database. Program information can also be exported to text files, MS Excel spreadsheets, etc.