MiCAT Planner is Mitutoyo's latest software development for fast and efficient CMM part programming. Operation of MiCAT Planner is easy and intuitive. Programs are made with a few mouse clicks in minutes instead of hours or days.
1. Load design model
2. Select target CMM
3. Part placement via virtual alignment
4. Measurement program creation
5. Translate to Geopak MCOSMOS
In order to generate a measurement plan, GD&T information attached to the 3D Design Model is needed. Design Model formats marked "w/PMI" will read GD&T information created in the CAD system and stored in the Design Model file. Design Model formats without PMI can be annotated with GD&T in MiCAT Planner.
Design Model Support:
Siemens NX w/PMI
CATIA v5 w/PMI
If the Design Model does not contain GD&T information, or the information is incomplete, GD&T information can be added or edited with MiCAT Planner with the following:
Add new GD&T to an existing feature
Add GD&T to a new feature
Edit exiting GD&T information
Modify display of GD&T in 3D view
Feature/Benefits of MiCAT Planner:
Automatic part program generation: Up to 90% time savings in CMM part program creation
Collision control: Minimize potential costly and damaging probe collisions
Program simulation: Virtual pre-run of measurement program ensures maxim efficiency
Rule editor: Automatically apply individual or global measurement strategies for all part programs or specific programs
Plan view: Easy selection of characteristics, features and measurement point sets to include or exclude from the measurement plan
Property pane: Feature parameter settings for the current selected item can be an exception to a user defined rule
Direct Help: Clear, concise explanation for features that canâ€™t be measured (missing GD&T, probe angle not defined, etc.)
GD&T Wizard: The GD&T Wizard enables the use of Design Models that do not include any PMI by allowing the user to add, edit or delete PMI information without modifying the original CAD file. All additions, changes or deletions reside solely within the MiCAT Planner project database.
The measurement plan is synchronized with the 3D view and Program View. For example, a feature can be selected in any of the views (Plan View, 3D View, Program View) and is highlighted in the other views. Manual reordering of the feature measurement order is possible by drag and drop of the features in the Plan View. Users can select a feature, characteristic or point set in the Plan View to modify the corresponding properties in the Property View.
Load and Use MCOSMOS DME Configurations: (DME: Dimensional Measuring Equipment)
Load predefined DME configurations from CMM SystemManager
Default DME is read directly from the MCOSMOS settings
MiCAT Planner generates a program specifically for the selected DME
Align DME and Design Model by mating, dragging, center of table or volume, or by direct numerical input
Import PCS (part coordinate system) information from MCOSMOS
The Rules Editor allows users to create rules to define measurement approaches, such as number of points per feature, sensor type, fitting method and automatic sensor selection. Rules are applied during CAD import and can be re-applied after design model import. The Run Selected command automatically updates the measurement plan with the current defined rules and updates changes in the Plan and Program views.