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Siemens’ Update Broadens Toolset for Digitization in Machine Shop Environments

Siemens CNC

Siemens’ Update Broadens Toolset for Digitization in Machine Shop Environments

The most recent update from Siemens’ NX software coalesces the next generation of tools concerning additive manufacturing, CNC (computer numeric control) machining, robotics, and, last but not least, quality inspection to enable the digitalization of part manufacturing within a single, cohesive end-to-end system.

Up-to-date automation competence for computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), including robotic programming, adaptive milling, and tooling design, provide innovative, industry-specific technology to help deliver high-quality products to the market in less time. The new NX Machining Line Planner tool, combined with integrated NX CAM software for feature-based machining, provides new capabilities for industries with high-volume production of complicated parts, such as automotive and industrial machinery. The latest version of NX continues to support end-to-end solutions for additive manufacturing, helping manufacturers realize the goal of using 3D printing for industrial production.

Part manufacturers proceed to face increased pressures from modified market expectations, with customers who require optimized accuracy and faster response times. In order to remain competitive, many part manufacturers look to digitalization, which connects all of the steps of part manufacturing planning and production with a single source of information, or a digital thread. Implementing a digital strategy can enable part manufacturers of all sizes to take greater advantage of automation, adopt 3D printing for production, and ultimately expand into new market opportunities and reduce time to delivery.

State-of-the-art automation enhancements within the latest version of NX provide powerful ways to expand production efficiency and decrease cost. Robotic programming technology provides the ability to automate complete manufacturing cells, including programming robots to perform machining. Adaptive milling and tube milling are new capabilities that provide innovative ways to automate CNC machines and accelerate cutting of complex parts. Adaptive milling is a high-speed cutting method that leverages automation within NX to decrease machining cycles by up to 60 percent while extending tool life. Tube milling streamlines the 5-axis programming process by eliminating preparation and minimizing inputs, utilizing advanced capabilities to create ideal tool paths and minimize errors in machining on the shop floor.

Mold and die manufacturers can now accordingly dictate tool production costs through integration between NX and the Teamcenter portfolio. Engineers can now use NX to automatically recognize features and parameters on the desired part, and provide pertinent information to Teamcenter, which can precisely calculate the tool cost. The newly integrated capabilities of Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions can enable tool manufacturers to win more orders and increase profit margins through automated costing and accurate quotations.

New to this version, NX Machining Line Planner, combined with integrated NX CAM, enables the feature recognition, distribution, balancing, programming and simulation of operations over multiple setups and machines. Particularly helpful for industries with high-volume production of complicated parts with many features, NX Machining Line Planner uses a digital twin of the complete machining line and NX CAM feature-based machining technology to optimize the entire process. NX Machining Line Planner, combined with the power of the digital twin, offers a truly unique solution that enables automotive and machinery manufacturers to reduce planning time and increase overall production results.

The newest version also inflates the new additive manufacturing solution in NX by including the new module, NX AM for HP Multi Jet Fusion, which is certified by HP and powered by Materialise, to prepare print jobs for HP Jet Fusion 4200 3D printers. The NX software module will allow customers to develop and manage parts in a single software environment for Multi Jet Fusion printing solutions, avoid costly and time-consuming data conversions and third-party tools, and improve their overall design-to-finished-part workflow efficiency.

Additionally, Siemens develops applications for additive manufacturing process simulation in Simcenter 3D, a crucial tool to help manufacturers industrialize additive manufacturing by printing components the first-time-right. These simulation applications are an integral part of the Siemens’  additive manufacturing solution. Increasing productivity is one goal for most of those in the automation space (check out boosting factory automation productivity here). MRO Electric and Supply has new and refurbished Siemens products available. We also offer repair pricing. For more information, please call 800-691-8511 or email sales@mroelectric.com.

6SN1118-1NK01-0AA1 Siemens Simodrive Axis Control – Product Info

6SN1118-1NK01-0AA1 Siemens Simodrive Axis Control – Product Info

The 6SN1118-1NK01-0AA1 Simodrive Axis Control card is part of the Simodrive 611 series. It is a 2 axis control card that is used for resolver speed/torque setpoint positioning. This card is expandable by using option modules. For more information, you can visit the product page for the Siemens 6SN1118-1NK01-0AA1 Control.

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Micromaster 420

Siemens Micromaster 420 Faults and Alarms

 Siemens Micromaster 420 Faults and Alarms

A blog we posted earlier this week about the Micromaster 420 troubleshooting referenced the Faults and Alarms list for the Micromaster series, so we decided that it would make sense to make the list of Micromaster 420 Faults and Alarms directly available. This is from the corresponding manual for the Micromaster 420 series, but it is buried within the manual which most people most likely don’t even have. Hopefully, this helps with your troubleshooting.

Check out our article touching on Siemens Simodrive E/R Module Fault Troubleshooting, along with other Siemens series coverage.

View our 420 Micromaster Drives in stock. For more information or to request a quote, please call 800-691-8511 or email sales@mroelectric.com. We also provide pre-priced Micromaster 420 Repairs.

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Simodrive E/R Troubleshooting for 6SN1145-1BA02-0CA1



We often have people who are having issues with their current drive setup but can’t confirm that a specific drive in their system is the issue. They are all but sure, but understandably want to confirm the problem before buying a replacement from us, so we have a set of troubleshooting procedures issued from Siemens that we can send out so that people can confirm that they have a problem. Last week a customer was replacing a Siemens 6SN1145-1BA02-0CA1 module and wanted to troubleshoot their I/R module, so we’ve listed the troubleshooting procedures in the table below to help with  Simodrive E/R Troubleshooting.

For a full list of the Siemens Simodrives that we have available you can visit the section on our website here. To request a quote, please call us at 1-800-691-8511 or email sales@mroelectric.com

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6FC5235-0AA05-0AA1 Sinumerik Diskette – Product Info

The 6FC5235-0AA05-0AA1 Sinumerik Diskette is part of the Sinumerik series. It is a diskette unit 3.5″ with cable length 0.5 meters. This is a floppy disk drive box which is external. For more info you can visit website page for the 6FC5235-0AA05-0AA1 Diskette.

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Micromaster 420

Siemens Micromaster 420 Troubleshooting Tips

Often people have difficulty installing a replacement drive that we send out, and normally it just takes the troubleshooting tips from the manual to get them up and running. However, the manual isn’t always the easiest to find or sort through, so below we’re posting the Siemens Micromaster 420 Troubleshooting section from the manual which should help anyone who is working to get the issues with their drive sorted out.

MRO Electric supplies and repairs Micromaster 420 Drives. To request a quote for a repair or spare, please call 800-691-8511 or email sales@mroelectric.com.

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Simodrive 611 Power Modules – Manual Anthologies

Simodrives 611 power modules can be used to operate the following motors: 

  • 1FT6, 1FK6 and 1FK7 servo motors 
  • 1FW6 built–in torque motors (direct drives) 
  • 1FN linear motors 
  • 1PH main spindle motors 
  • Standard induction motors; if IM operation is selected, only inverter pulse frequencies of 4 kHz and 8 kHz are permissible. 
  • 1PM hollowshaft motors for main spindle drives (direct drives) 
  • 1FE1 main spindle motors 
  • 2SP1 motor spindle 
  • Third–party motors, if according to the motor manufacturer the motor meets the requirements for sine modulation, insulation, and dV/dt resistance.

For special motors with a low leakage inductance (where the controller settings are not adequate), it may be necessary to provide a series reactor in the form of a 3–arm iron core reactor (not a Corovac reactor) and/or increase the inverter pulse frequencies of the converter. Motors with a low leakage inductance are, from experience, motors that can achieve high stator frequencies (maximum motor stator frequency > 300 Hz) or motors with a high rated current (rated current > 85 A).

A wide range of 1–axis or 2–axis power modules is available. These modules are graded according to the current ratings and can be supplied with three different cooling techniques. The current–related data refers to the series–preset values. At higher frequencies of the fundamental waves or for higher clock cycle frequencies, ambient temperatures and installation altitudes above 1000 m above sea level, power deratings apply as subsequently listed. Matched, pre–assembled cables are available to connect the motors. Ordering information is provided in the ”Motors” section of the NC 60 catalog. Shield terminal plates are available to meet EMC requirements when using shielded power cables.

The equipment bus cable is included in the scope of supply of the power module. The drive bus cables must be ordered separately for the digital system. The current data of the power modules (PM modules) are normalized values to which all of the control units refer. The output currents can be limited by the control unit being used.

MRO Electric offers both New and Remanufactured Siemens Simodrives 611. Please visit our Siemens CNC and Automation Page for more information. You may also contact sales@mroelectric.com or call 1-800-691-8511.

Siemens Simodrive 611

Siemens Simodrive 611

6SN1123-1AA00-0EA1 Configuration and Setup

The steps for 1p 6SN1123-1AA00-0EA1 Manual Configuration and Setup are below as a follow up to our previous entry here.
Start-up Possibilities for 1p 6SN1123-1AA00-0EA1 Configuration
- operator control and display elements (refer to Section 1.3)
- RS232C interface with an IBM AT–compatible computer and start–up soft-
Re-initialize Drive Converter (if required)
If an already initialized drive–converter is to be re–initialized, then proceed as
- if required, back–up the setting data (parameters)
- remove write protection: Set P–051 to 4H
- start initialization: Set P–097 to 0H
- overwrite the parameters in the drive–machine data memory: Set P–052 to 1H, and wait until P–052 resets itself to 0H.
- power–on reset:
Power–down the unit and power–up approximately 2 s after the display has disappeared:
P–095 must then appear in the display.
- initialize
Firmware Replacement (if required)
The firmware can be replaced using the user–prompted start–up software for
main spindle– and induction motor modules, from version V2.00.
Firmware release
before FW 3.00 -> 6SN1121–0BA1_–0AA0
from FW3.00 -> 6SN1121–0BA11–0AA1
- back–up setting data (parameters)
- replace the firmware using the start–up program
- initialize with the pulses and controller inhibited
- re–load the backed–up settings
- back–up the setting data in the drive–machine data memory
Start-up of series machines, module replacement, component replacement
The drive converter setting data (parameters) can be saved on floppy disk using
the start–up software. Proceed as follows to start–up additional drive converters
(start–up of series machines):
1.Initialize with the pulses and controllers inhibited:
Enter P–095 power module code number
– Motor code number and motor encoder pulse number are saved on the floppy disk, and therefore do not have to be entered.
– Start initialization.
2. Load and save the setting data from the floppy disk.
For more info or a 1p 6SN1123-1AA00-0EA1 price you can email sales@mroelectric.com or call 1-800-691-8511.
6SN1123-1AA00-0EA1 Configuration
6SN1123-1AA00-0EA1 Configuration

6FC5357-0BB35-0AA0: Beyond the User Manual

The 6FC5357-0BB35-0AA0 Sinumerik 840D/DE is a NCU 573.5 unit with 64MB of memory running at 933 MHZ. The Sinumerik 840D series provides an open, flexible, and powerful CNC system with the Sinamics S120 design for up to 93 axes. The units are decentralized, scalable, open, inter-connectable, and with a wide range of functionality which allows for use in almost every machining technology and it sets the standard in dynamics, precision, and network integration. The 6FC5357-0BB35-0AA0 offers uniformity in its programming, operation, and machining cycles. With its efficiency in programming, installation and commissioning, this CNC system platform is characterized by its optimum design, innovative NC functionality, openness, and communication.

The 6FC5357-0BB35-0AA0 can be perfectly customized to practically every machine and machining technology in the manufacturing industry.
The SINUMERIK 840D system platform provides comprehensive machine tool capabilities and innovative functionality for every machining technology. The CNC can be
deployed around the world in a variety of machining applications, such as milling, turning, drilling, grinding, laser-cutting, nibbling, stamping, as well as in multi-tasking machines, namely, mill-turning and turn-milling. The 6FC5357-0BB35-0AA0 is the ideal CNC for tool- and moldmaking, high-speed-cutting applications, wood and glass processing, composite machining, medical part and power generation manufacturing, and not to mention the handling in transfer lines, rotary indexing machines and shopfloor manufacturing.
For more info you can visit our product page here. To order or get price you can email sales@mroelectric.com or call 1-800-691-8511.

6SN1145-1BA01-0BA1: Beyond the User Manual

The 6SN1145-1BA01-0BA1 Infeed/Regenerative feedback module is rated at 16/21kW and stabilized with internal cooling. This Simodrive is no longer in production as of 2014, but still widely avaialable and used around the world.

A Simodrive drive group has a modular configuration comprising line filter, commutating reactor, line supply infeed module (such as the 6SN1145-1BA01-0BA1), drive modules as well as, when required: monitoring, pulsed resistor and capacitor module(s).
Satisfactory operation is ensured only in conjunction with the components that
are described in this Configuration Manual or published in the Catalog NC60
(Internet Mall) and with adherence to the required boundary/application condi-
Failure to observe this along with improper use and application conditions can
void your certifications, conformity declarations or warranty claims. In order to
avoid contamination, the modules should be installed in a control cabinet with
degree of protection IP 54.
Simodrives can also be arranged in several tiers one above the other or next to
one another. The drive modules are connected through the DC bus bars on the front of the units.
To check out our product page for this infeed module you can follow this link. For a price quote and ordering info you can email sales@mroelectric.com or call 1-800-691-8511.