Accelerate ROI with Pendulum Mode

What is Pendulum Mode?

Pendulum Mode is a feature on the FlexCNC that eliminates spindle downtime increasing your overall efficiency. Some of you may know that the FlexCNC is known for its ability to process large parts. However, you may not know that you can efficiently machine smaller parts and various setups using Pendulum Mode. 

How Does Pendulum Work?

You can utilize Pendulum Mode using one of two methods. Both will help you decrease operator downtime and increase your spindle uptime. The first method is the back-and-forth style. 

Method 1: Back-and-Forth 

With this style, an operator sets up parts on opposite ends of the machine bed. While the machining center processes a part on one side of the machine, the operator removes or sets up a part on the other side. Once the machine finishes the first part, the program moves the gantry to the opposite end of the table to process the next part. The operator can change the first setup to a new part preparing for the next machine cycle. This method creates a continuous workflow, accelerating ROI and maximizing throughput. 

Method 2: Following the Spindle 

The second method to utilize Pendulum Mode is a style we call “following the spindle.” Similar to the back-and-forth technique, this method allows you to follow or chase the machining center as it completes each part. Much like the back-and-forth technique, this keeps the operator, spindle, and process moving. 

To accomplish maximum spindle uptime, the FlexCNC includes safety laser scanners (standard in both C-Series and G-Series) to ensure the operator stays safe while setting up and replacing parts. If the operator breaks this barrier at any time, the machine spindle will stop (demonstrated in the video below).

Why Use Pendulum Mode?

The reason for setting up parts to run in Pendulum Mode is simple, ROI. If you can keep your spindle moving, your operators will be more productive, and you will have greater throughput resulting in maximum ROI. The machine will pay for itself. 

If you want to increase productivity and ROI, consider FlexCNC. To would learn more about how FlexCNC could benefit you and your operations, contact us. We would be happy to do a time study or run a demo on your parts. 

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Standard Features

  • Hand Pendant
  • 22″ Touch Screen Monitor
  • Omron FlexCNC Controller
  • Mobile Control Panel
  • Through Spindle Coolant 
  • Auto Tool Changer 
  • Flood Coolant
HP
Max RPM
FT/LBS
Series

18

4000

92

C-20-02 / C-10-02

18

6000

61

C-20-02 / C-10-02

33

12000

61

CM-20-02

Auto Stand-Off – This is currently defined to be surface stand-off and not to be confused with vector stand-off in 5-axis mode. The current auto stand-off is based on a changing surface and will adjust vertically based on the angle of the “A” Axis, so there is five (5) axis taken into account during the calculations, but this is not the same as the tool vector stand-off. There is the ability to do the vector stand-off change while the machine is running manually with buttons on the screen.

Z-Reader Probe – The Z-Reader is a device for mapping the location of the surface. It can be controlled manually & programmatically. The option is NOT active while cutting & is retracted out of harm’s way. It can be triggered to verify the surface at every pierce before the cutting process starts, or it could be used to drive surface mapping of the whole part before cutting starts. It begins with initialization or zeroing of the device to the surface at the beginning of a program and then accumulates or tracks the difference from that zeroing effort.

Automatic Edge Finder – The edge finder is or can be utilized manually (Jogging Method & Screen Buttons), programmatically (M & G codes), or fully automatic routine (dedicated program). This option sets offsets & program rotation to match the orientation & location on the cutting table.

AC Unit Installed on Electrical Cabinet – The unit is mounted on the cabinet’s High Power (480v) side. It is close to the location where the drives are mounted. This option keeps the cabinet temperature stable and allows heat dissipation faster. The servo drives for all axes are the most significant contributors to heat inside the electrical cabinet.

5-Axis Renishaw CalibrationThe calibration unit is a Renishaw model APCA45 with a modified spherical stylus. The device has a retractable cover and air purge to clear debris & dust during the activation process. It mounts to a swing arm controlled by a pneumatic rotary, so it is out of the way during regular operation and swings into the calibration position for calibration only. 

HP
Max RPM
FT/LBS
Series

18

4000

92

G-20-06 / G-10-06

18

6000

61

G-20-06 / -10-06

40

4000

217

GM-20-06 / G-20-06 / G-10-06

40

6000

145

G-20-06 / G-20-06 / G-10-06