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  1. #1
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    DNC and CNC program revision control

    Looking into the most effective way to handle having a team of people programming a bunch of machines. Does anyone care to share there DNC setup? Do you do program revision control? Looking for any opinion on how this is done in 2022 effectively. Currently, we have dozens of machines of varied makes/types and a pile of USB sticks.

  2. #2
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    Re: DNC and CNC program revision control

    ...this may help get your research started with what is needed for CNC side of networking each machine. Wifi RS232 to IP is available also.
    https://www.google.com/search?client...q=RS232C+to+IP

  3. #3
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    Re: DNC and CNC program revision control

    The software you are looking for is called https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Product_data_management

    This allows you to not only perform version control of your CNC programs but it also links the programs back to a drawing REV and the matching model files.

    Modern CNC controls don't use "DNC" anymore. They should have Ethernet and a file transfer protocol.

    Some controls allow you to remotely control what is in memory but many do not, so for the rest you must control by policy. You need to train the operators to get the latest version of the cutting programs on every setup and delete everything at teardown. This ensures they are always using the current program.

    I wrote my own custom software to manage CNC program files to make it easy for the operators to copy all the files they need for a job. If you don't have a computer programmer in your shop you can buy solutions off the shelf if you look for DNC\MDC\MES software providers.

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    Re: DNC and CNC program revision control

    Quote Originally Posted by Metrologist View Post
    The software you are looking for is called https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Product_data_management
    Pokemon Infinite Fusion
    This allows you to not only perform version control of your CNC programs but it also links the programs back to a drawing REV and the matching model files.

    Modern CNC controls don't use "DNC" anymore. They should have Ethernet and a file transfer protocol.

    Some controls allow you to remotely control what is in memory but many do not, so for the rest you must control by policy. You need to train the operators to get the latest version of the cutting programs on every setup and delete everything at teardown. This ensures they are always using the current program.

    I wrote my own custom software to manage CNC program files to make it easy for the operators to copy all the files they need for a job. If you don't have a computer programmer in your shop you can buy solutions off the shelf if you look for DNC\MDC\MES software providers.
    thanks

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