Open Mind helps BAM to automate

BAM GmbH, based in Weiden, Bavaria, is going all in with digital processes in an effort to reduce costs and project production times in contract manufacturing. With the support of Open Mind Technologies, BAM has used the hyperMILL Automation Center to streamline and markedly accelerate CAM programming, representing the final digital step in transitioning from customer design to finished workpiece. Automation has helped reduce CAM programming times in hyperMILL by 70-80%.

“Thanks to the powerful 2.5D, 3D and five-axis cycles of hyperMILL, we’ve succeeded in reducing set-up and programming times on our machining centres, resulting in greater efficiency and higher capacity utilisation,” states Stefan Bauer, head of manufacturing at BAM. “With its feature-based technology, macro databases and associated process, hyperMILL also provides a solid basis to automate programming and significantly reduce time expenditure by reusing pre-existing programming know-how.”

The hyperMILL Automation Center is built on feature and macro technology, allowing any user to standardise machining steps and automatically apply them to new workpieces. Open Mind honed and optimised the process for use at BAM. To handle a wide variety of orders and workpieces, the CADCAM developer integrated an interactive user guide that uses just a few parameters to control automated programming.

Marco Bauer, managing director of BAM, is extremely satisfied with the support provided by the team of hyperMILL experts. “Open Mind staff always provide us with expert support, even when dealing with highly complex applications and exotic projects,” he says. “One of the key factors for us was that Open Mind develops its software in-house. As a result, we were able to obtain customised functions for our automation projects very rapidly, which has helped us improve leaps and bounds.”

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