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Acramatic® 2100 CNC

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Introducing the most advanced computer numerical control (CNC) technology in its simplest form­the Acramatic ® 2100 control from Siemens. A PC-based, industrially-qualified CNC for your milling machine or turning center, the A2100 control makes using and implementation easier, more accurate and more efficient than ever before. Now operators can become "virtually one" with their machine. The A2100 control displays easy- to-follow graphics and icons that allow users to control and view every aspect of the set up and machining process, such as part programs, offset tables, and plotter function. Also, with a simple touch screen and without ever having to leave their workstation, an operator can verify the pocket location of migrating tools for complete tool management.


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Developed with a two-processor design, the A2100 control provides dual capability­one to handle real-time machine activity and one to handle workstation operator activity­ to maximize speed, accuracy, efficiency and productivity. For example, a machine can be busy with demanding high-speed contour machining while the operator is using an on-board graphic-based CAM programming system.

It all adds up to easy-to-use technology that brings the cutting-edge benefits of open architecture of the future to your environment­today.

Unlike many other CNCs on the market, the A2100 control makes it possible to use the latest highperformance PC hardware and software. Utilizing the power of the Windows NT ® operating system, this "open architecture" platform has proven to be upgradeable for your control as new PC technology is introduced.

In addition, the extensive networking capabilities of the A2100 control allow file "sharing" between machines and provide direct and immediate access to both internal and external networks. You literally enjoy all the interactive benefits of a personal computer from your A2100 control workstation. The important and unique open architecture benefits of the A2100 control ensure that you will be investing in technology that has limitless potential and will be an open window into the future.

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m akes u si n g t h e A2100 easy.

If you can touch a computer screen with the tip of your finger, you can quickly master the powerful technology of the A2100 control. Simple, touch-sensitive icons and screen graphics lead the operator step-by-step through the set-up and machining processes to consistently achieve fast, accurate results every time. In addition, the screen graphics provide instant reference to tool magazine alignment.

For added convenience and mobility, a unique hand-held pendant or a stationary mounted machine panel is available. The pendant allows the operator to set up the machine "on-the-go" outside of the workstation area. When the pendant is selected, all devices for machine operation and set-up, such as tool selection, axes alignment, cycle start and stop, and E-stop are all available in the palm of your hand.


Here are some of the key benefits that help to establish the A2100 as your only real choice for machine control now­and well into the future:

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Based directly on PC and Windows NT ® technology, recognized as the industry standard for distributed business computing, the A2100 control is both easy to use and has the power to upgrade to the latest developments of software and hardware markets.

How the A2100 easily helps

Ethernet/TCP/IP connectivity.

The A2100 control's optional network access allows for direct communication between office and shop, file sharing, E-mail and even Internet access. The ability to use standard Ethernet communications cards in the A2100 control combined with the networking power of WindowsNT ® allows Ethernet communications links to easily be established between two or more A2100 controls without additional network support equipment. This same capability allows A2100 controls to be easily connected into existing plant Ethernet LANs.

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The ability to use the default Microsoft networking feature in Windows95 ® , Windows98 ® , or WindowsNT ® for file and data sharing with an A2100 control implements a common work environment for schedulers, quality personnel, and managers to easily exchange information critical to product flow decisions.

Microsoft ® network capabilities.

Off-line storage allows for efficient use of memory. The RS-232 Interface

supports transfer rates up to 115k bits per second. This replaces the Direct Numerical Control of the past, allowing operators to run programs directly off the network or download them to the A2100 control's hard-drive. To further maximize storage space in the control, a "continuous load" feature allows you to avoid transferring programs into the control and makes it possible to run the program The home screen provides the operator with real-time directly off the network, downloading only small updates of all basic machining functions. parts of the program as needed.

Hard-drive space for running third-party software.

This feature allows you to easily and efficiently run thirdparty programs that work best for your specific applications. There is no limit to WindowsNT ® compatible, third party software packages available that can help to make your shop more productive.

High-speed processors available for workstation and real time. A dual motherboard design eliminates single

processor slowdown by separating real-time motion functions from operator and workstation functions. The optional high-speed workstation is desirable when running processor-demanding third-party applications. An optional high-speed real-time processor is available as part of a high-speed die and mold package.

RAP, an interactive MDI, simplifies chip making process. There are dedicated cycles for milling and turning. The operator just fills in the blanks.

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Parts program plotter plots the tool path and graphically displays the part to be made.

Instantly communicate with scheduling, maintenance, quality assurance and more. To help you stay in touch

with all areas of your operation, the A2100 control can be programmed to automatically send part probe data files to the user's quality assurance center for evaluation and action; the programmer can instruct the A2100 control to maintain a count of parts produced and this data can be made available for delivery to a customer scheduling system; and system log files containing all major system events, such as alerts and alarms, are available for maintenance's review at any time. This viewing can be done across the network.

Virtual tool management through graphic display of pocket locations. Unique tool graphics for milling and turning.

Displays both video and still images. The A2100 CNC

can receive and display standard video and still images utilizing a variety of standard formats, including MPEG, GIF, TIFF and more, for the viewing of everything from part drawings to files on Internet sites.

Y2K compliant. The A2100 control is programmed with a

four-digit year code, with the first two digits defining the century to prevent problems when interfacing with LANs and other networks­a necessary requirement for the new millennium.

The A2100 control houses a vast tool library with graphics.


To further understand the extensive benefits of the A2100, take a closer look at some of these specific features common to both turning centers (TC) and machining centers (MC) applications.

Basic TC and

PC motherboards exist within the system: one runs the workstation software based on Microsoft Windows NT®; the other runs the real-time software to control the machine tool. A Siemens-designed, highperformance operating system runs directly on the real-time processor and is connected by a patented high-speed `Bridge Board' to provide information transfer between the workstation and real-time­no third party `motion control' board to slow the system down.

Powerfully designed to your demanding specifications. Two

Help is always just the touch of a screen away. Not familiar with machine

tool controls? Our built- in balloon help and Resident Assistant Programmer (RAP) simplify the chip-making process. RAP is interactive MDI (Manual Data Input) and uses graphics and help screens to assist you in "filling in the blanks" for most simple part programming functions. You can run the programs from this graphical environment, pass them into existing programs, or save them as new programs.

Gibbs Shop Floor Programming Option.

A close partnership between Siemens and Gibbs enables in the most powerful Shop Floor Programming (SFP) system available today. The tightly integrated A2100 tooling manager eliminates the double entry of tool data common in many other non-integrated systems. Use the incredible real-time cut part rendering to view your part while in the Gibbs system. The NC code is generated in the A2100 and ready to run. No complicated transfer is required.

Workpiece Manager (WPM) .

The standard, patented WPM uses a state-of-the-art graphic interface designed for a touch-screen to display and control the machine tool & workpiece environment. The WPM enables you to graphically locate parts and also determine machining order. Want to use a probe to locate your parts? WPM will automatically generate the code necessary to do it. If you don't have a probe, WPM supports an edge finder to locate parts as well. Some key benefits are: · Graphic presentation provides quick visual check of the machining process · Track and maintain multiple pallet automatic sequences Table Print to File · Define and edit multiple setup or fixtures · Most print requests require the printer to be close to the machine. Via positioned randomly or in patterns the Windows interface on the A2100 control, the print file data can be · Display to show part location on multiple transferred to a printer located away from the machine, such as the faces programming or engineering office.This is a standard feature. · Provides additional information for adjusting offset setup location to match Continuous Load actual part location · Programming flexibility, application of · With the standard Continuous Load feature a part program can be one program to all parts or a different loaded and run in a continuous stream of data from either the hard program to each part drive, network drive, floppy disk or a serial link. This allows the machine to run part programs that do not fit in the active part program · Redefine parts to machine and the machining sequence memory, for example, complicated mold programs. During continuous load, the A2100 divides active part program memory into 3 equal parts: · Generate probing cycles and define their sequence of operation one part is active, while two parts are buffers. Data starvation potentials (data transfer is not fast enough to fill the buffers) will not occur when running part programs from the hard disk or ethernet.

Operation Station Assembly (OSA).

For both MC and TC applications, the operator station provides the primary means for the machine operator to communicate with the control. It consists of a flat screen display, touch screen, control keys, and a Keyboard Touchscreen Interface (KTI) board.

Processor Control Assembly (PCA).

The PCA contains a real-time CPU, workstation CPU, system power supply, hard drive, and all hardware cessary to communicate with the OSA, the pendant, and the machine tool. Additionally, a Basic Bridge Board in the PCA connects the two CPUs together and provides plug-in connections for the servo card, input output I/O ards, and ISA bus PC cards. Designed to handle the heat and electrical noise associated with machine shop environment allows the normal mounting location of the A to be inside the machine's magnetic panel. All access to the PCA is from the front or top for ease of service.

Standard Real Time CPU Module.

The standard A2100 control has a part program block to lock time of approx. 3.0 msec, with 40 block look ahead d an active program area of 0.5 MB. This is suitable for the majority of standard machining applications.

Note about hardware configuration specifications. Each OEM manufacturer may

specify varying standard and optional control configurations for their machines. The informatio shown is current for controls shipping from Siemens at the time of publication, your actual configuration may vary. In addition, due to the rapidly changing world of PC components, hardware and performance specifications will var Always consult your Machine Builder for the lates specifications for their machine tools.

Standard Work Station CPU Module.

The standard A2100 control includes 32MB of memory suitable for A2100 control operations and part programming.


Multiple Screen Resolution Support (Std)

for Machine Tool BuildSt andard Features

Additional Axis Servo Port Channels

The Acramatic 2100 standard package includes the provision for a number of axis servo port channels. For a Mill/Machining Center, the standard package includes 4 servo port channels for the X, Y, Z axes and closed loop Spindle. For a Lathe, the standard package includes 3 servo support channels for the X and Z axes and closed loop Spindle.

New with Release 4.0

The Acramatic 2100 can now support screen resolutions beyond 640 x 480.

Straightness and Squareness Compensation

The Acramatic 2100 now supports a simple compensation for straightness of axes and squareness for axis pairs that are meant to be perpendicular.

Servo Feedback

A quad B Feedback from axes position encoder and scale feedback, is supported and managed, to provide full close loop servo control.

Integrated Feed Forward (IFF) Enhancements and Autotuning

IFF (Integrated feedforward) has been enhanced to allow Acceleration feedforward to be performed on analog Acramatic 2100 controls. IFF includes several different types of performance compensations such as Acceleration Feed Forward, Velocity Feed Forward Auto-Tuning (from the Acramatic 2100) of IFF parameters, previously only available on Acramatic 2100 Digital controls, is now available on Acramatic 2100 Analog controls equipped with Acramatic Servo drives.

Velocity Feed Forward (VFF)

VFF enables a means of selectively achieving minimum servo following error at feedrates critical to geometric tool path, resulting in enhanced part accuracy.

Real Time Scope

The Real Time Scope provides a built in real time graphic display used primarily for servo setup and critical machine performance analysis.

Cross Axis Error Compensation

The Acramatic 2100 now supports compensation of the position of one axis based on the position of another axis.

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Support

Power fail notification is provided to the application software. Full Windows NT shutdown is supported.

Multiple Handwheels

This new feature allows the interface of a handwheel to an analog servo port.


for Machine Tool BuildSemi-Absolute Scale

Semi Absolute Scale requires axes position feedback from Distance Coded Digital Scales, which have reference marks located every 20mm with varying intermediate marks. These provide unique identification of an axis position along the Scale, enabling the axis to be aligned after only a short directional move, significantly reducing the time required for machine axes alignment setting.

Optional Features

Additional Axes Servo Support Channels

adds further hardware and software for control and management of additional axes. The analog Acramatic 2100 control can support up to 14 axes.

Split axes

Enables support for a split axis. A Split Axis has 2 or more servo channels controlling motors connected to a single moving part of a machine, for example, a gantry type milling machine with separate drive motors on each side of the gantry. Note: This option requires extensive application programming and servo configuration assistance.

Probe Interface

Provides a port into the Acramatic 2100 for probe feedback. The Probe Interface option is always required if Tool and Spindle Probe options are selected. The probe itself is not included in this option and application design support is required.

Slave Axes

Enables support for a slave axis. A Slave Axis is one with 2 or more mechanically independent moving components driven from a single program axis command. For example, a rail type milling machine with 2 spindle heads, each having its own drive motor. Note: This option requires extensive application programming and servo configuration assistance.

Thermal Compensation Inputs

Inputs via the pendant or panel interface, can be used for modifying positional / offset management data, compensating for physical changes in machine dimensions caused by heat factors. Application design support is required.

Acceleration feed forward (Acramatic 2100 digital only)

Available on Acramatic 2100 controls equipped with High Performance Digital Servos. This feature improves the path accuracy of the machine by compensating for acceleration during the machining of corners and curved surfaces at high federates requiring high acceleration. Acceleration Feed Forward features configured parameters for each axis that represent acceleration, jerk, Coulomb friction and viscous friction. Note: Proper option function requires thorough servo tuning and performance analysis.

Mirror Axes

Enables support for a mirrored axis. Mirrored axis support allows multiple spindle machines to quickly cut symmetrical parts by cutting the same mirrored profile on the edges of two parts simultaneously. Note: This option requires extensive application programming and servo configuration assistance.


User M Codes

for Machine Tool Build-

Allows up to 10 M-codes to be user defined by the OEM. Custom defined M codes in the M70 series can be configured to control additional devices on the machine tool, such as rotary tables or chip conveyors, which then can be managed from within the part program. Application design support is required.

Multiple spindle support (TC)

Provides support for rotating tools on a Turning Center. Application design support is required.

Migrating Tools

Provides a method for some specific tool changer mechanism designs to operate more efficiently if the tool in the spindle is returned to a pocket other than the tool's original location. This style of tool changing is therefore known as 'migrating tools' because the tools 'migrate', or move to different positions in the tool storage device as the CNC part program runs, thus minimizing 'cut to cut' times. Application design support is required.

Control Mechanical/Electrical Specifications


Width Height Depth 10.75" (273.05mm) 15.5" (393.7mm) 10.0" (254.0mm) 32 to 131ºF (0 to 55ºC) -40 to 158ºF (-40 to 70ºC) 10º change per hour


Operating Storage Transition


with built-in pointing device.

MC and TC features

Keyboard Includes a standard 101 keyboard 3.5" Floppy Disk Drive Assembly An

optional 1 3.5" , 1.44MB floppy disk drive assembly option is available and is often included as part of the standard control configuration purchased by a machine tool builder. The assembly is designed to be used in shops with adverse environments. Our rugged assembly can be mounted up to 25 feet away from the PCA.


Operating 10% to 80% w/o condensation Non-operating 10% to 90% w/o condensation


Operating -1000 to 10,000 ft. (-305 to 3,048 m) Non-operating -1000 to 30,000 ft. (-305 to 9,150 m)


Non-operating 10g in 11 ms


Operating 5Hz to 500Hz, 0.5g acceleration Non-operating 10Hz to 500Hz, 1.0 g acceleration

Ethernet Communications Interface Card The Acramatic 2100 Ethernet

Communications Interface option includes Microsoft protocol drivers that provide access to files on a Novell Network, LAN manager Network, AppleTalk Network, or another Acramatic 2100 control. (LAN manager is included in Microsoft Windows NT,® Microsoft Windows 95,® Microsoft Windows® for Workgroups, and WARP Connect for IBM OS/ 2). The control also includes protocols for Microsoft's NetBEUI, Novell IPX, AppleTalk, TCP/IP and PPP. The TCP/IP support includes FTP server and client software for file transfer, and also supports network access to another Acramatic 2100 or LAN manager system running TCP/IP. Network access to Unix systems requires NFS software which is not included in the price of this option. It may be purchased directly from third-party vendors.

Main AC Power Supply

Voltage Frequency Power Rating 115 VAC +15%, -20% or (230 VAC +5%, -10%) 47Hz to 63Hz single phase, 3 wire 350VA including PCA, OSA, and Pendant/Panel.

Try out software options before you buy.

Here's a feature you won't find on any other CNC in the industry­a FREE try out of optional software features. Software optional features not requiring additional hardware may be turned on for a free 30-day trial with just a phone call. It's your chance to put the Acramatic 2100 through the specific demands in your own environment with no risk and no obligation­ try before you buy.

5th and 6th Axes can be purchased as

simultaneous or non-simultaneous axes depending on requirements.

1. Some OEM Builders may include the floppy drive as

Optional MC and TC features

High Speed Die and Mold Machining Package

· · · Maximum real-time CPU processor upgrade. 640MB of part program storage on hard drive minimum. Extended block look ahead capability working in conjunction with the faster realtime processor. Faster servo update capability for enhanced servo performance.

Maximum Real Time CPU Module

New workstation motherboard that provides a reduced part program block to block time of approx. 1.5 msec, with 120 block look ahead and an active program area of 10 MB. This feature is particularly applicable where enhanced machining techniques are required, for example high speed machined Aerospace and Die and Mould components.


Allows the use of PQR compensation (G43) in complex multiaxis machining situations. PQR cutter diameter compensation offsets the cutter path along a unit vector whose components are specified with the P, Q, and R words.


Polar Coordinate interpolation

Allows an NC program to be written in Cartesian coordinates (X, Y, & Z) when the machine axes provide cylindrical (rotary) motion. For example, a lathe with rotating tools can be programmed in X, Y, & Z when machining with a rotating tool on the face of a part. Programmed XY moves would be converted to XC motion by invoking Polar Coordinate Interpolation.(G12.1)

MC Extended Cycles

Facilitates the milling of rectangular or circular faces, pockets, and frames. The CNC part program specifies the location, shape, and size of the face, pocket, or frame and the A2100 control automatically performs all of the machining steps, significantly reducing conventional programming time and prove out. The following Gcode cycles are activated:· G22, G22.1 Rectangular Face Milling · G23, G23.1 Rectangular Pocket Milling · G24, G24.1 Rectangular Frame Inside · G25, G25.1 Rectangular Frame Outside · G26, G26.1 Circular Face and Pocket · G27, G27,1 Circular Frame Inside, Outside

Advanced Programming Package "A"

· · · · Selection (Select Upper or Lower Case) Program Iteration (Do...Loop) IF, THEN, ELSE functions Page Format Block (PAG) sets the modal values for lines, pages, columns, and page headings for printing. Print Block (PRT) causes one line to be spooled for printing. Write to File Block (WTF) causes one record to be written to the file specified. Report Alarm Block (ALM) allows a specific message from the Part Program to be inserted into the alarm text when an alarm is detected. Operator Input Block (INP) allows the Part Program to query the operator for a numerical response. Operator Query Block (OPR) allows the Part Program to query the operator for a YES or NO response.

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Cylindrical Interpolation

Provides a means for programming geometry on the surface of a cylindrical part. For example, on a machine having an A axis which rotates around the X axis, a profile can be programmed using X & Y coordinates, and the cylindrical interpolation feature will convert Y axis motion to A axis motion in order to machine the profile.(G7.1)



Workstation Enhanced Performance

New workstation motherboard that increases the CPU performance and total memory to 96MB. Recommended when large 3rd party applications are installed and operated.


Cycle time monitor minutes & seconds

Provides support for displaying minutes and seconds on the A2100 operator display screen.

Tilted Spindle tool length compensation

Provides a means of compensating for tool length in a tilt spindle application.

Optional MC and TC features

Third Party Software User Area On Hard Drive

Space on hard drive to allow user to run third-party WindowsNT® compatible software.

Selectable ACC/DEC profiles

Allows the user to create custom path velocity profiles that are G code programmable. The following parameters can be configured: Maximum Feedrate, Maximum Acceleration, Maximum Jerk, Step Velocity Override, and Rate Feed Forward. Pressing the Process Rates tab on the Axis/Servo page of the System Configuration applet will access these parameters. By varying these settings the user can optimize machine performance by matching path velocity profiles to machining conditions.

Note: the G codes enabled by this option are G45.1, G45.2, G45.01, G45.02 & G45.03. If the option is not present, the Process Rates page will still be accessible to the operator and Process Rate data can even be changed, however the aforementioned G codes will not be recognized by the control, and an alarm will be posted if they are programmed. Without the option, the control is limited to on Acc/ Dec profile, invoked by a G45 command. Proper option function requires thorough servo tuning and performance analysis.

Automatic Corner Speed Override

This option allows the NC programmer to specify a feedrate decrease upon entry into and exit from an inside corner. The distance over which the decreased feedrate is effective is also programmable. Feedrate decrease is specified as a percentage of programmed feedrate. · · · G61.2 -- Automatic Corner Speed Override, Cutter Left G61.2 -- Automatic Corner Speed Override, Cutter Right G61.3 -- Automatic Corner Speed Override, Parameters

A950 Part program translation

This option translates NC programs written for the Acramatic 950 MC control into NC program code that is compatible with the A2100 control system. It is not an "automatic" feature; it requires that several data tables be properly setup by the user before translation can be performed. Some G codes, M codes, and Type II instructions are not translatable.

Spindle HP Graph Display

Displays the spindle horsepower as a bar graph on the operator's station. Requires support from the machine tool builder.

Fanuc® O Translation

Translates Fanuc® 0 part programs to the A2100 format, addressing the main Fanuc® program features plus the Macro A items. The Macro B area in the Fanuc® 0 is the area where each OEM can develop their own programs, and is not supported by the translator. If the translator does not recognize a specific G or M code, the A2100 provides a means to add these codes to the translation table

Spindle HP History Graph Display

This option adds the History Graph Display to the CRT Bar Graph Display.

Tool Data for 500 Tools

Increases the number of tools that can be defined in Tool Manager's Active Tool Set to 500 from the standard 300.





G45.01 Acc/Dec On, User Defined Velocity Profile 1 Selected G45.02 Acc/Dec On, User Defined Velocity Profile 2 Selected G45.03 Acc/Dec On, User Defined Velocity Profile 3 Selected G45.1 Acc/Dec On, High Speed Contour RoughingG45.2 Acc/ Dec On, High Speed Contour Finishing

Optional MC and TC features

3D Foreground Plot

Enables the 3D NC program Plotter to run during cycle execution and provides the following features: wireframe plot with pan, zoom and rotate functions, plus a solid model mode.

Probe Cycles for Spindle Probe

Provides the capability to calibrate the probe and stylus and to measure the various part features. The information generated by the probe may be used to modify the tool, to setup offsets, or to control the sequence of operation of the NC program. Includes the following probe cycles: · Probe Calibration Cycles - G72 Set Stylus and Tip Dimensions - G73 Set Probe Stylus Tip Dimensions - G74 Set Probe Length · Measurement Using a Surface Sensing Probe - G75 Probe internal corner - G76 Probe external corner - G77 Probe to locate a surface - G78 Probe to locate and measure a bore or boss - G79 Probe to measure a pocket or web - G51 Vector Probe of a Surface

(Note: Probe hardware is not included as part of the cycles. Machine tool builder support is required.)

Enhanced Plot features

This option adds the following enhancements to the 3D plotter: · · · Multiple Views Cross Sectioning Save Image to File

Advanced Plot features

Includes all of the capabilities of Enhanced Plot and adds the following advanced features to the 3D Plotter: · · · Solid Rotation Light Source Change Import STL Files as part of the Stock Definition ­ MC only

damaged or worn. Includes the following probe cycles: · G68 Set Tool Size - Position Spindle over Tool Probe - Measure Tool Length - Measure Tool Diameter - Update Tool Data - Tool Probe Calibration Cycles · G69 Check Tool Size - Position Spindle over Tool Probe - Measure Tool Length - Measure Tool Diameter - Update Tool Data - Tool Probe Calibration Cycles

(Note: Probe hardware is not included as part of the cycles. Machine tool builder support is required.)

Enhanced Spindle Probe Cycles

Adds the following enhancements to existing probe cycles: · 360 probing capability added to calibration cycles G72 & G73 · Programmable overtravel distances added to all probe cycles · Automatic tool data update based on measurements added to selected cycles · Ability to measure corners that are not at right angles added to G75 & G76 The following cycles are also added: · · · · · G77.1 probe for stock allowance in X, Y, or Z G51.1 vector probe a surface and set offsets G51.2 rotary axis measurement G51.3 angle measurement in XY plane G51.4 feature to feature measurement in XY plane

Design Comparison plot

This feature computes the deviation of the machined part from the designed part by comparing the cutter path generated by the NC program with the design (STL) file. Gouges and undercuts are displayed in distinct colors.

Shop Floor Programming Option

GIBBS embedded SFP system for machining centers or turning centers with Enhanced Graphics Display.

Probe Cycles for Tool Probe

Tool Probe, or Fixed Probe Cycles software allows the axis positions to be captured when the tool sensor is touched by the tool tip. The tool probe is used to measure the length or diameter of tools. G code cycles allow the measured values to be set into the appropriate tables or check the measured values against the stored value to determine if the tool has been

DFX/IGES File Transfer for GIBBS

Allows DFX or IGES CAD files to be accepted by the control for use in the Gibbs SFP system. Requires Gibbs SFP.

Optional MC and TC features

· G51.5 feature to feature measurement in Z

Tool Cycle Time and Count Public Interface data management

The PI Data Management option includes the monitoring features and adds the ability remotely manage the data resources of the A2100 control. This includes services to add and remove Tooling Data, Part Programs, Offset parameters, Task data, and Process Control Data. Tracks how long a tool has been in a cutting mode and the number of times it has been used. This option enables the following fields in the A2100 Tool Manager:· Usage Mode · Usage Limit · Usage Count · Time Mode · Time Limit · Time Count Values are entered into the Usage Limit and / or Time Limit fields. The A2100 will post an alarm when the current count or time exceeds the specified limit.

English Spare Parts Kit

Kit includes: · English Pendant · High Density I/O Card · Servo Card

ISO Spare Parts Kit

· · · ISO Pendant High Density I/O Card Servo Card

Hardware Diagnostic Kit

Contains loop back connectors for servo and serial I/O port, a cable for laptop hookup, servo extender card and a portable floppy disk drive.

Public Interface full control

The PI Full Control option includes both the PI monitoring and data management features and additionally provides services for remote operation of the machine. This includes defining a queue of part programs to be processed and controlling the execution of those programs using remote cycle start, feed hold, data reset and other task and control management services.

M70 Series Codes

Enables M70 and M70.1 decades of M Codes. Additional inputs and outputs may be required depending on the machine type and the machine manufacturer.

Automatic Tool Recovery (ATR)

Provides a means of recovery if an exceptional condition is detected by a machine monitoring function (e.g. a probe cycle that detects a broken tool). This feature is extremely beneficial in applications such as lightly or unmanned machining.

10 Sets of Pallet Offsets 25 Sets of Pallet Offsets 50 Sets of Pallet Offsets

Allows operator to correct for inaccuracy of pallet registration.

Maximum Part Program Storage

The maximum Part Program Storage area is 640 MB (with a 1.6 G hard drive, Rel.3.2) less any 3rd Party Application memory requirements. If, for example, a 3rd Party Application is installed, which would require 100 MB of Program Storage area, then the area left for the Part Program storage would be 540 MB.

Public Interface monitoring

The PI Monitoring Option includes the PI features that enable tracking the activities and events that are taking place at the machine along with associated data as the machine runs. This include services to enroll for, and receive event status, read the control's data base elements, search resource tables, and send operator messages.

Axis Management Features

· · · MC Configuration: XYZ Contouring Axes, plus Spindle TC Configuration: XZ Contouring Axes, plus Spindle Conventional ±10 Volt DC velocity command output servo. Selectable axis resolutions on a per axis basis Linear axis max dep. ±99999.9999 mm or ±9999.999999" (based on 0.2 micron resolution) Rotary axis max dep. ±999999.999 deg or 2777 rev (based on .0005 resolution) Maximum Feedrate 32768 mm/ min or 1290"/min at .05 micron resolution Variable Feedback Resolution in Machine Application Interface (MAI) Grid Align Axis Align Trims Target Point Alignment (Home) Spindle Orientation (Degree increments, dependent upon feedback device and MAI) Spindle Programmable Range (0-99,999.1 RPM) in .1 RPM increments S-Word Programming Spindle Gear Range Selection by MAI

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Spindle Speed Override 30 Block Look Ahead Standard (optional 120 blocks) Minimum Standard Block Processing Time: 3.0 MS (optional 1.5 MS) Servo Update Time: 3.0 MS (optional 1.5 MS) Automatic Bell Shape Acc/Dec with intelligent look ahead Axis Position Sequence (MAI) Axis Inhibit Axis Inversion Dry Run Powerfeed Jog Zero Shift Velocity Feed Forward Software Axis Feed Limit Forbidden Zone Programming End Point Range Checking Interference Zone Checking Axis Error Compensation (Bidirectional interpolated) Backlash Compensation Axis Reversal Compensation with Friction Compensation Input of Compensation via Floppy or Serial Interface (Floppy is optional) Servo Display and Adjustment via Display Screen Velocity Feed Forward



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Operator Features.

· · 10.4" Color Active Matrix Flat Panel Display On Screen Keyboard for MDI input, edit and other features requiring Data Entry Table Operations that are easy to access and use Journals for storage of time and date stamped messages for Startup History, Alarms, System Failures, and User Data Directory Services (Registry, Import, Export) of up to 500 programs Part Program Storage 144K. Equivalent 1,200' (400M) of Punched Tape (optional up to 640 MB) Program Edit, Full Disk based Editor capability Manual Data Input (MDI) Tool File that provides a Master Tool Data Record Tool Magazine and Active Tool Set representing Current Tool Storage on machine Tool Loading and Unloading for Manual, Automatic or Semiautomatic operation Tooling Catalog providing Default Tooling information for "Tool File" based on Tooling Catalog ID Tool Data for 200 tools Table print to file Real Time Scope


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Tool Selection by 10 digit TWord: The T word may be interpreted as Tool Identifier or Tool Pocket Number On Screen Calculator Function Plotter with Tool Diameter Icon Display Tool Data Library for all Tools Accessible by the Part Program Tool Identification allowing redundant Tool Programming Tool Type Support for Fixed Cycles Tool Load Status Fields: Good, New, Worn or Broken Tool Load Method: Auto, Manual or Cradle Tool Length Compensation Nominal Tool Diameter Compensation for Fixed Cycles Tool Angle Compensation for Correct Hole Depth Per Tool Spindle Speed Override Per Tool Feedrate Override Per Tool Maximum Feedrate Alternate Tool Selection for Redundant Tool Support Tool Sort on Active Tool Table for Identification Number or Wear in Ascending or Descending Order Programmable Tool Offsets, 99 Programmed by "O" Word Fixture Offsets, 32 sets of Offsets Programmed by "H" Word Multiple Setup Offsets, 64 Sets Pallet Offset Standard

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Programmable Coordinate Offsets, 32 Offsets Programmed by "D" Word Cycle Parameter Table provides Operator means of Entering and Modifying Parameters associated with Fixed Cycle Operation Password, Multiple Levels to restrict access to selected areas Option Setup: Ability to Enable/ Disable Option features which have been previously authorized and the ability to add new options. Language Support: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Danish and Swedish) Communications, EIA RS-232, XON/XOFF, Kermit, Xmodem Startup Diagnostics with Detection: Reporting, Logging, Date and Time Stamp Alarm Detection: Reporting, Logging, Date and Time Stamp Diagnostics: Extended and interactive Backup capability for critical areas of User Data Installation Instructions Display for installing new releases of Software Resident Assistant Programmer (RAP) for simple programming tasks Gibbs full resident Shop Floor Programming System optional Balloon Help Continuous Load-Allows execution of part programs. Works with input devices, such as hard drive, floppy, serial line, and network. Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) support Workpiece Manager Wireframe Foreground Plot Cycle Time Monitor Velocity Feed Forward

Programming Features.

· NC Program Format (Type I and II Blocks) based on EIA Standard RS-274D A850 Part Program Translator NC Program Comments. All characters between(;) and the "End of Block" are ignored Block Delete by/code. Up to nine (9) different Operator/ Programmer selections Decimal Point Programming with Floating Point Resolution of Axis and Feedrate Words are 15 digit. Decimal Point may be placed anywhere (subject to machine's accuracy) to obtain desired precision Sequence Number is up to 15 digits specified by : or N Blocks Rapid Traverse (G0) Linear Interpolation (G1)

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Major Plane Circular Interpolation (G2, G3) Major Plane Helical Interpolation (G2, G3) (MC only) Program Dwell (G4) Assignment Feature provides Operator capability to assign a value to a Variable Contouring Rotary Unwind (G12) Polar Coordinate Programming (E and L Words) Plane Select (G17, G18, G19) Reference Points: Fixed Axis Positions for functions like Tool Change and Pallet Shuttle Automatic Return to Reference Point (G28): Allows return to a Reference Point via a Second Point

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Automatic Return from Reference Point (G29): Allows return to a Programmed Position from a Reference Point via a Second Point Threads Per Inch Threading (G32) (TC Only) Threading (G33) (TC Only) Automatic Multiple Pass Threading Cycle (G34) (TC Only) Tool Nose Radius Compensation (CDC) (G40, G41, G42) (TC Only) Automatic Acceleration/ Deceleration Mode ON/OFF (G45, G46) Automatic Cutter Diameter Compensation (CDC) (G40, G41, G42) (Plane Selectable) Local Coordinate System (G42) allows Definition of Local Coordinate System for one Region of a Part Program. Exact Stop (G9) Positioning Mode (G60) Contouring Mode (G61)Radius/ Diameter Programming (G63/ G62) Inch/Metric Programming (G70,G71) Fixed Cycles for Hole Making (G80 series) (MC only) Fixed Cycles For Turning (G80G81) (TC only) Absolute/Incremental Programming (G90, G91) Position Set (G92) Feed Per Minute Mode (G94) Feed Per Tooth (G95) Inverse Time Feedrate Mode (1/ T, G93) Constant Surface Speed CSS (G96) Spindle Speed in RPM Mode (G97) Spindle Speed in SFM Mode (G97.1) Machine Coordinate Programming (G98) Position Set Cancel (G99) Scaling (G150,G151) Coordinate Rotation (ROT Block)

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Program Stop (M0) Optional (Planned) Stop (M1) End of Program, leave Tool in Spindle (M2) (MC only) End of Program, Put Tool away (M30) (MC only) Spindle Control (M3, M4, M5) Oriented Spindle Stop (M19) Tool Change (M6, M6.1, M6.2, M6.3) Coolant Control (M7, M8, M9, M27, M28, M29) Axis Clamp (M10) and Unclamp (M11) Spindle Axis Full Retract (M26) Enable/Disable Data Acquisition (M34, M35) Select Spindle Constant Power Mode (M41) Select Spindle Constant Torque Mode (M42) Feedrate and Spindle Speed Override Enable (M48) Feedrate and Spindle Speed Override Disable (M49) Set High Limits and Set Low Limits (SHI and SLO) Blocks Axis Inversion Block (INV) Operator Message Display Block (MSG) Journal Block (JRN) allows Part Program to Write Messages to one or more journals for Chronological Record of Events Communications Block (COM) sends a message from the Part





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Program to the specified Remote Computer Connection Display Drawing Block (DWG) activates a Specific Drawing stored in a Registered File Advanced Programming Arithmetic Operators: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Modulus function, Exponentiation, SIN, COS, TAN, ARCSIN, ARCCOS, ARCTAN, Sq. Root, Round, Integer and Absolute Value. Variables supported for Parameter, Local, Common and System Variables Logical Expressions supported for NOT, AND, OR, XOR Functions Conditional Branch (IF<logical exp> GOTO <label>) Conditional Execution (IF <logical expression> THEN) NC Program Chaining (CHN block) NC Program Subroutines Call (CLS) Define Subroutine (DFS) and End Subroutine (ENS), Subroutines stored separately

Mor e Programming Features

Web Based Services

On Line Technical Bulletins Web Based Service Call Scheduling Parts Inquiries Course Registration News releases Customer Support Forum

A2100 Online

Product Literature Frequently Asked Questions Utility Programs Tips & Tricks

A2100 support

the web, & other support services

field service technical support technical training service parts

To provide a seamless transition of the Acramatic 2100 from our factory to your workplace, Siemens provides extensive support services for the end user and OEMs. This includes responsibility for training, field service, technical support, and other support related activities. It's another fine example of how, at Siemens, we back all of our technology with the training and support you need to take control of productivity.

Training Center

Classes are provided for the end user and OEM in the areas of part programming, basic control operation, and maintenance. On-site training is also available. Course listings, course outlines, and online registration are all available on the web site.

Part Program Plotter

· · · · · · · · · Live dynamic display for program prove-out 3D view with rotation capability Zoom and Redraw Background Plot capability Graphical display of tools Configurable tables and displays Ethernet option RS-232 PC connectivity

Tool Management


A2100 Func-

Optional Fully Integrated Gibbs Shop Floor Programming (SFP)

· · Solid 3D graphical rendering DXF and IGES file capability

Diagnostic Tools

· · · · Power up diagnostics Flight recorder Time and date stamps Date capture that is Y2K compliant.

Optional EGS Shop Floor Programming (SFP)

· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Available for Mill On screen programming and prove out. Graphical aid for MDI Learning tool Subroutines Powerful expressions Pattern features Area clearance cycles Programmable scale factors Large program storage capability is standard Real PC networking Display of drawing files for set-ups, etc. Optional Fanuc 0 part program translation Acramatic 850 part program translation Edit two programs while running a third Copy, Cut and Paste Functions Global Search and Replace Complete background of functionality maintains continuous productivity

Complete Machine Control on Hand-Held Pendant

· · · · · · · · · · · · · · Provides all functions necessary to run a machine Cycle Start Hand wheel Function keys and LCD readout Feed and speed override pots Permits Windows NT® third party software of your choice to be run Provides the required hard drive space Balloon help The A2100 tracks the PC technology market Optional high-speed processors available Dual processors guarantee speed where you need it, when you need it Microsoft Windows NT® operating system Extensive offset capability Multiple set-ups

Resident Assistant Programmer (RAP)

Conventional EIA Programming

Third Party Software Capability

On-line Help Performance

Program Management

Dual Program Editor


The high-performance, easy to use Acramatic 2100 CNC puts the power to control the future directly at your fingertips. And it's brought to you by the company that has manufactured CNCs since the birth of the technology.

We're Siemens. We can do that.TM

In addition to the proven, cutting-edge performance of the Acramatic 2100, Siemens also manufactures plastics controls, servo drive products, and other electronic motion control related components, and offers retrofit and remanufacturing services.

Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.

Motion Control Systems 1151 W. Mason-Morrow Road Lebanon, Ohio 45036-9699 U.S.A. 513-494-2100

It's all part of our dedicated effort to relentlessly pursue and develop the latest, most user-friendly technologies to help you achieve maximum success in the motion control industry. Take a closer look at Siemens. And get ready to take control.

Visit us at our web site:

Try out software options before you buy.

Here's a feature you won't find on any other CNC in the industry­a FREE try out of optional software features. Software optional features not requiring additional hardware may be turned on for a free 30-day trial with just a phone call. It's your chance to put the Acramatic 2100 through the specific demands in your own environment with no risk and no obligation­ try before you buy.

©2000 Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc., . All Rights Reserved Acramatic®, Acramatic 2100, andA2100 are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc..

Fanuc® is a registered trademark of Fanuc, Ltd. Microsoft ® , Windows95 ® , Windows98 ® , and WindowsNT ® are registered trademarks of Microsoft, Incorporated.


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