Needing help with automating the CMM

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  • Needing help with automating the CMM

    Hey guys,
    Is there anyone here that have a crap ton of programs that get used regularly?
    Im trying to set up a system here with over 1,000 programs so that we can just simply open up dmis
    and type in a number and it locate the program for us.
    Anyone familiar with this and have a solution?
    It's getting messy here!

  • #2
    All our programs are stored in folders with the part number. All we do is click open, type in a number and the folder shows up. The program(s) we need are there.
    PC-DMIS 2016.0 SP8

    Jeff

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    • #3
      I've been cleaning up a mess for over a year now from the others.
      files were named in all kinds of different ways so its been rough sorting through them and getting them
      ordered. But I done exactly the same as you.
      Thankful I'm on the right track.

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      • #4
        Our programs are stored in folders by customer.
        File names are like this:
        Part number customer component type - print rev - types of measurements performed.

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        • #5
          Ours is pretty much like what others have stated:

          Broken down into folders based on part number. Inside those folders are the PRG files associated with the required inspections per process, along with a folder for the fixture setup instructions, and potentially another folder called "Miscellaneous Programs" for odds-and-ends programs for that part number (cap studies, stripped down programs that focus on one or two features, etc).

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          • #6
            Folder by Customer Name, then it's by Part Number/Specific operation being checked (Brake press, VMC, etc)

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            • #7
              You could try the software Inspect which has the feature to use a barcode scanner. You just simply scan and the corresponding program will be run. However, the downside.. You'll need to attach every measurement routine to a barcode.

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              • #8
                I have written a small .NET app that you enter the program name (partnumber) and it will open the part program folder in Explorer and open the program in PC-DMIS.

                I believe the source code for it is located in the code section.
                PC-DMIS CAD++ 2o19 R1 SP10

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                • #9
                  We have our folders organized by the first 4 digits of the job number and the programs that go with that job number are in that folder.
                  Remembering my beautiful wife Taz who's life was taken from me on 6-13-2020.

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                  • #10
                    I will add that it's imperative that you verify rev level if updating your system with older programs. Either update the programs as necessary or omit them from your new file system.

                    We send ours off to a file boneyard that we don't have access to unless the customer specifically requests down rev parts.

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