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CNC Training Academy becomes Heidenhain training partner

Posted on 08 Apr 2024 and read 523 times
CNC Training Academy becomes Heidenhain training partnerFollowing an extensive and intensive auditing and training process, the CNC Training Academy, the training division of Mills CNC, has announced that it has recently become an official training partner for leading German machine tool CNC control manufacturer, Heidenhain GmbH.

Although there are a number of global Heidenhain Training Partners, the CNC Training Academy is the first training organisation in the UK to have achieved the necessary accreditation. The process for becoming an official Heidenhain Training Partner began in October last year, and involved, in the first instance, the CNC Training Academy’s manager Karen Earley and trainer Darren Clarke visiting Heidenhain’s facility in Traunreut, Germany, to undertake an intensive, week-long advanced training programme.

This was followed, a couple of weeks later, by both Karen and Darren returning to Heidenhain’s facility to take theory and practical exams, culminating in both having to successfully run specific and separate live training courses for Heidenhain training personnel. The official Heidenhain Training Partner standard was awarded to the Training Academy last month.

The accreditation means that the CNC Training Academy is now an approved Heidenhain Training Centre, enabling it to teach milling courses to Heidenhain’s rigorous standards. In short teaching Heidenhain courses - the Heidenhain way.

Karen Early said: “We have always delivered Heidenhain CNC operator and programmer training courses to UK and Irish customers ever since the CNC Training Academy was first created back in 2010, but these courses, up until now, did not carry the official Heidenhain kitemark.

“The newly-acquired accreditation means that anyone in the UK and Ireland, for example, with a Heidenhain-controlled machining centre (iTNC 530, iTNC 640 and moving forwards, the soon to be released TNC7), no longer need to travel to Germany to become trained to Heidenhain standards.”

The Training Academy now has two fully-trained instructors able to teach the new Heidenhain TNC7 CNC control system to customers, and as a consequence, is able to access and employ the latest Heidenhain software upgrades and updates within the courses it offers. The new TNC7 control, which will be launched by Heidenhain UK at MACH 2024, is touchscreen based and features a number of improvements over the, older, iTNC 530 and iTNC 640 CNC controls.

It features graphical programming capabilities that enable NC programs to be created quickly and easily; an advanced collision protection (Dynamic Collision Monitoring – DCM) that prevent collisions between tools and machine components and work-holding equipment from occurring; on-board component and process monitoring for improved reliability; and optimised contour milling for greater productivity and process efficiencies.

Digital Twin – DVF 5000

As part of its new relationship with Heidenhain, the CNC Training Academy now features a ‘digital twin’ of a DN Solutions’ DVF 5000 simultaneous five-axis machining centre – one of Mills’ best-selling five-axis models. The digital twin facility, built by Heidenhain in close collaboration with Mills CNC, enables those participarting in a Training Academy five-axis course to create and run programmes on a digital DVF 5000, as if the machine was there in the classroom.

Karen Early added: “We haven’t got a dedicated DVF 5000 for training purposes at the Training Academy — so the digital twin, which is a computer-generated replica of the machine, gives us the next best option. Through using the new Heidenhain keyboard, course attendees can create programmes for the DVF 5000 and see the part on the table (before and during machining operations), and understand and avoid, in real time, potential collisions, and potential spindle interference with the machine’s table, tools, and fixtures.”

The CNC Training Academy is a successful training organisation committed to continuous improvement, and has recently completed a move to larger, modern and more sophisticated premises on Mills CNC’s Technology Campus facility in Leamington Spa. By becoming a Training Partner for Heidenhain, the Academy has added yet another ‘string to its bow’ — one that it says will deliver new business opportunities and growth.