Monitoring the work space and protection space

The use of control areas prevents specific axis configurations from causing collisions between the tool and parts to be protected. A control area may be a work space or a protection space.

Control areas can be defined as three dimensional objects in cylindrical or polygonal form. The third dimension is defined by constant minimum and maximum values. Axes are assigned dependent on the currently active working plane (e.g. G17).

Definition of 3D control areas (cylindrical, polygonal)
Definition of 3D control areas (cylindrical, polygonal)
Application example
Application example

It is not possible to move out of a work space and into a protection space. Current tool data are included and the tool tip can be checked for validity within the control area.

Work and protection spaces are defined, activated and de-activated in the NC program. Several control areas may be active at the same time. Control areas can be redefined in de-activated state.

Work space and protection space monitoring with tool centre point monitoring is possible with