In today’s modern manufacturing era, there is a high demand for automated and seamless operations that have pushed production rates to dazzling new heights. Among the most sought-after manufacturing equipment are the Siemens Sinumerik CNC machines, particularly the Siemens Sinumerik 810. Here are some useful tips to ensure you make the most out of your machine- with reference to the User Manual, of course:
- Know Your Machine
Determining the kind of care a machine needs begins with understanding its specifics. For example, the Siemens Sinumerik 810 has an IP54 operator and external machine control panels. It means it has adequate protection from dirt, dust, oil, and other non-corrosive material. It is also imperative that you get acquainted with the error codes and alarms specific to your machine- making you well-versed in figuring what’s going on.
- Be Extra Cautious When Handling the Modules
There’s basically just one thing to remember and look out for: a yellow hand on a black triangle with a stripe-through warning symbol. If you see this, it means this module/component is prone to electrostatic discharge or “Arching” as it is commonly known.
- Replace Batteries Correctly
The battery is important in backing up various controller memories- PLC user memory, part-program RAM, and machine data among others. It usually lasts for a year, but you shouldn’t worry yourself with marking calendars since an alarm appears when the battery level is already low. To avoid data loss, replace the battery within a week after getting the alarm. Remember to switch the control on when replacing the battery and observe the correct polarity. Also, there is a proper way to dispose of electronic wastes (like batteries) so get in touch with your local authorities or do a quick online research to know how.
- Keep It Clean
Removing dirt from your monitor and operating panel surface should be easy-peasy and you can use standard industrial cleaners. Really, one swipe is all it takes.
- Show the CRT Some Care… or Don’t?
The CRT displays have a tendency to oscillate when exposed to electromagnetic fields, so keep all sources more than 300 mm away from it. But when it breaks, you won’t find any OEM spares because it’s already phased out. But fret not because the best is yet to come- the most cost-effective and fastest fix is to ditch the bulky, high voltage CRT and upgrade to a Siemens Sinumerik 810 LCD.
All the above-mentioned tips are probably useful for all Siemens CNC controllers, so don’t worry if it’s not the Sinumerik 810 you have in your facilities. And if you’re worrying how difficult and taxing a CRT-to-LCD upgrade could get, well, it’s easy after you Watch this.
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