iXpanel - i4.0 ready
The cockpit for easy integration of the machine in your business organization.
Focus on production and control – Industry 4.0 included.
Not only by the complete integration into network structures, the newly developed INDEX iXpanel® operating system offers extensive additional operator support. The data communication is virtually limitless. iXpanel focuses on the optimal control of the machine for the effective machining of workpieces with maximum productivity. In addition, iXpanel provides a direct connection between the machine control and the operations department within the company. iXpanel includes the latest control generation C200 sl implemented on the basis of the Siemens S840D sl control generation. Another fundamental component is the 18.5" widescreen touchscreen monitor, which itself is suitable for sophisticated 3D simulations, and features a separate controller. A dedicated software was developed for this mini-computer. It is used to provide the machine operator with exactly the information that best supports him in his tasks at any time.
Information & data network for paperless production
On the right side, there is a vertical control strip that contains the ABC keyboard, number pad, cursor keys, and some other function keys. One of these is the “i4.0 button” that – when touched – changes the operating strip to an activity-oriented display. Numerous new features have been assigned to the Production, Setup, Programming, Maintenance, General, and Diagnostics sections. iXpanel allows the operator to toggle between the “normal” control view and this “second page” of the activity-oriented function view at any time. In addition, a full-page view of PDF formats and intuitive navigation/zoom functions on the touch screen ensures a safe transfer of information.
Now included in every new machine with INDEX C200 sl control (based on Siemens S840D sl) at no extra charge
“You can use iXpanel just as you want it for your business oganization.”
Open system also for your own applications
iXpanel unfolds its full strength with an optional industrial PC (VPC-Box with Windows 7) installed in the control cabinet. The VPC-Box allows the use of Virtual Machine (“VM on board”) to create and test new NC programs in parallel with running the machine, as well as for complex 3D simulations directly on the machine. iXpanel offers also useful assistance for machine programming via the VPro Programming Studio that can be used both in VM and directly on the machine control. The integrated VPC-Box allows using also other CAM systems and custom applications and Windows-standard applications.