Main display page from Fanuc Quick Reference for Machining Centers
This unique e-book can be loaded on your Palm handheld computer to
provide instant access to just about anything you need to know about using your
Fanuc controlled machining center. Put it in your pocket or keep it in your
toolbox. When a question comes up about machine/control usage, the answer will
be just a few taps away!
All information is provided using a series of text links - just like those
you find in Internet websites. Shown to the left is the main display page of
the e-book. Any underlined text is a link. Tap any link to be shown the page
for the link. Notice that programming links include G
codes, M codes, Letter
addresses (these are CNC words like N, G, X, Y, Z, R, etc.). Operation
links include Buttons and switches and
Note that any handheld that runs PalmOS will be able to display this e-book.
A must-have for CNC people!
Consider the time it takes to search through programming and operation
manuals to find the information you seek. When you do finally find the
information you seek, you're met with the cryptic descriptions offered by most
machine and control manufacturers. Quick Reference for Machining Centers will
save you time and effort. Understandable answers to your questions will be but
a few taps away! Order yours today!
How does it work?
Fanuc Quick Reference for Machining Centers is an e-book. Unlike
books printed on paper, Fanuc Quick Reference For Machining Centers is
published in electronic media. We ship it to you on a CD-rom disk.
View it on your handheld!
Fanuc Quick Reference for Machining Centers is displayed with Palm
Reader. Palm Reader is a free software program supplied by
Digital Media. Just in case you didn't get Palm Reader with your Palm
handheld, and to keep you from having to download it from Palm Digital Media,
we include Palm Reader on the CD with your e-book.
View it on your desktop PC!
Fanuc Quick Reference for Machining Centers can also be displayed on your
desktop PC with Palm Reader for Windows, another freeware program from
Palm Digital Media. We include it on the CD with your e-book. Palm Reader for
Windows works in much the same way that Palm Reader works on your handheld.
This gives you the ability to view your e-book where-ever and when-ever you
want! Another free version of Palm Reader (for Macintosh) is available for
What do you want to know about your machine?
You say you want to know about G43 (tool length compensation)? From the main
page, tap on the G codes link. Since G43 is on the third page of the G codes
list, tap the Next-> link twice. Tap the link for G43 - Tool length
compensation, and you're there! All of this takes about two seconds. Compare
this to scrounging through machine manuals, trying to find information on your
topic of interest. Our goal is to provide you with quick solutions to problems
as they come up - especially when you're at the machine.
What Fanuc control models are covered?
Most of the material in the eBook (G codes, M codes, letter addresses, and
buttons & switches) apply to just about all Fanuc controls. There are very
few programming-related differences among the Fanuc product line for a given
CNC word - and we do point them out when needed. We provide operation
procedures for 0M, 3M, 6M, 6MB, 10M, 11M, 15M, 16M, and 18M controls.
We call it a quick reference, but...
A better name might be quick and thorough reference (its file
size is 196k). You can get to any topic within seconds. But once you're there,
rest assured that we provide detailed information about your topic of interest.
Here are some of the things we include about each G
code, M code and Letter
We start off by relating some basic information about the CNC function.
Things like whether the function is a standard feature, whether it's modal,
whether it's initialized, and what other CNC words are related are among this
Next, we show the basic format for how the CNC word is to be used. This will
give you an idea of what words must be included within the command that invokes
We then discuss, in detail, the primary use for the CNC word. In this
discussion, we include example commands, example programs, and when feasible,
drawings to help you understand the CNC function. The next picture shows the
general information, quick format, and primary use page for G43.
And again, when it's appropriate, drawings are included for clarification.
Here is one from the G43 discussion:
Many CNC words have more than one use. When appropriate, we include detailed
information about the secondary functions for CNC words.
Finally, we offer any other tidbits of information that you may find of
interest about the word being discussed. Here's one of the pages from G43.
Buttons and switches
We present a description of the most common buttons and switches found on
CNC machines. We break them into the two most common operation panels, the
control panel (made by Fanuc) and the machine panel (made by the machine tool
builder). Maybe you're wondering what the Dry Run switch does. From the main
page, click Buttons and switches. Since the Dry run
selection is not shown until the fifth page, tap the Next-> link four times.
Tap -Dry run switch. You'll be brought to this presentation:
Example: Here is our explanation of the dry run switch
This conditional switch is most used with new programs during program
verification. When this switch is on, it gives the operator control of the
motion rate at which the machine will traverse. This is extremely helpful
during rapid motions. The rapid rate of current CNC machines is very fast,
ranging from 100 inches per minute to 800 inches per minute. At these extremely
fast rates, the operator will not be able to stop the machine in time in case
of a mishap.
With a new program, the operator will have no idea as to whether some motion
mistake has been made in the program. So, by turning on the dry run switch, the
operator will be allowed to take control of the machine's motion rate. Dry run
always works in conjunction with some other multi position switch (usually jog
feedrate). This multi position switch acts as a rheostat, allowing the operator
to manipulate the rate at which the machine axes move. By turning down the
multi position switch, the motion rate can be slowed.
By turning up the multi position switch, the motion rate can be increased.
At the lowest settings of the multi position switch, the motion rate for most
CNC machine will barely creep along, allowing even rapid motions to be
Dry run is most commonly used when no actual workpiece is held in the work
holding device. That is, the operator will be allowing the machine to make the
motions commanded in the program without actually machining a workpiece.
Note that dry run should never be turned on during machining. With almost
all machining centers, dry run will also manipulate the rate of cutting
commands (G01, G02, and G03). This means the programmed feedrate will not be
used if dry run is turned on.
This section of the quick reference provides step-by-step instructions for
performing the most commonly needed procedures. Here is a list of
procedures we provide for each control type (0M
& 3M - 6M & 6MB - 10M, 11M, & 15M - and 16M & 18M)
To start machine
To do a manual zero return
To manually start spindle
To manually jog axes
To use the handwheel
To manually load tools into spindle
To manually load tools into magazine
To manually turn on coolant
To set or reset the axis displays
To enter tool offsets (length & radius)
To select inch or metric mode
To use MDI to change tools
To use MDI to activate spindle
Program transfer procedures
To load programs thru serial port
To load programs thru keyboard
To send programs to a computer
Program display & editing procedures
To display a directory of programs
To delete a whole program
To call up programs
To search words within a program
To alter words
To delete words and commands
To insert words and commands
To measure program zero values
To measure tool length offsets
Program running procedures
To verify programs
To run verified programs
To rerun tools
If you don't have a Palm handheld...
This might be the application that pushes you over the edge. Now starting
from under $100.00 (Palm Zire model), Palm handhelds have become quite
affordable. We recommend the model M130 that includes 8 megs of memory, color
display, and rechargeable batteries, and sells for under $200.00. You can learn
more about Palm handheld models at www.palm.com.
Other CNC-related applications for your Palm handheld
This e-book is but one application for your Palm handheld. Generic
applications that come with your handheld include Address Book, Note Pad, To Do
List, and Calendar. (Again, to learn more, visit www.palm.com). There are also countless other
general applications. Visit the
Application Directory to see them. There are also some applications that
can help you specifically with CNC. Here are a few CNC applications with links.
Be sure to check them out!
Though we are not set up to let you download this eBook as soon as you
order, we can email it to you. This will save you the shipping charge
and make for faster delivery (we'll email the eBook to you as soon as we
process your credit card). The eBook will be in the form of a zip file that is
about 4.5 megabytes, meaning you'll have to "unzip" it on your
computer (having unzip software) and you must confirm that your email system
allows long files. If you would like this shipping alternative, please indicate
so when you place the order - with a comment/note at the end of the checkout.
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