SOUTHWESTERN INDUSTRIES, INC.

CNC Technology for Small Lot Machining

Southwestern Industries

ProtoTRAK SMX

High-end CNC for one-off and small lot work

  • Available on TRAK mills and as a knee millretrofit for over 40 makes and models
  • Powerful but easy to learn and use
  • 2 or 3-axis CNC, 3-axis DRO
  • Run in manual or CNC mode
  • Runs ProtoTRAK conversational language, G-code, CAM, 2 and 3-D CAD converter software, and Verify Simulation software*

* Some features are optional

Powerful but easy to learn and use ProtoTRAK conversational language

Tool Path graphics allows one to see where the control will move the tool prior to machining

The ProtoTRAK relieves you from the chore of programming the tool path, but you will still be interested in seeing where the control is planning to move the tool. Colors, error messages and selectable views make it easy to check your program before you machine.

DXF 2D conversion software reduces programming time and helps eliminate errors (optional)

Powerful software that imports DXF file information and provides the user interface to add the data necessary to complete the part program. Same user friendly format as the ProtoTRAK programming

Verify Machining Simulation software reduces programming time, rework, and scrap (optional)

Advanced Features with Verify incorporates 3D solid model machining simulation software that allows you to quickly and easily proof your ProtoTRAK mill and lathe programs prior to cutting chips.

Profiles and Pockets makes it fast and simple to program pockets and profiles of all shapes

Programming pockets and profiles of all shapes is a breeze with powerful canned cycles.

Parasolid 3D conversion software reduces programming time and helps eliminate errors (optional)

The powerful Parasolid Converter makes it easy for you to generate ProtoTRAK mill programs from Parasolid 3D CAD files.

Specifications for ProtoTRAK SMX

Control Hardware
10.4" color active-matrix screen
Industrial-grade Pentium® processor
512 MB Ram
4 USB connectors
RJ45 port and Ethernet card (O)
Override of program feedrate
Override of program spindle speed (O)
LED status lights built into display
USB thumb drive flash memory 512 MB or more

Software Features – General Operation
Clear, uncluttered screen display
Prompted data inputs
English language – no codes
Soft keys - change with context
Windows® operating system
Color graphics with adjustable views
Inch/mm selectable
Convenient modes of operation (see below)

DRO Mode Features for Manual Machining
Incremental and absolute dimensions
Jog at rapid with override
Powerfeed X, Y or Z
Do One CNC canned cycle
Go To dimensions (O)
Teach-in of manual moves
Servo motor return to 0 absolute
Spindle speed setting with override (O)
Tool offsets from library
Fine/Course handwheel resolution (O)

Program Mode Features
Geometry-based programming
Tool path programming (O)
Scaling of print data (O)
Multiple fixture offsets (O)
Programmable Auxiliary functions (O)
Event comments (O)
Three-axis Geometry conversational programming (O)
Incremental and absolute dimensions
Automatic diameter cutter comp
Circular interpolation
Linear interpolation
Look – graphics with a single button push
List step – graphics with programmed events displayed
Alphanumeric program names
Programmable Spindle Speeds (O)
Program pause
Conrad – automatic corner radius
Math Helps with graphical interface
Auto load of math solutions
Tool step over adjustable for pocket routines
Pocket bottom finish pass
Selectable ramp or plunge cutter entry
Subroutine repeat of programmed events
Nesting
Rotate about Z axis for skewing data
Mirror of programmed events (O)
Copy (O)
Copy Drill to Tap Event (O)
Copy Rotate (O)
Copy Mirror (O)
Auto Geometry Engine™ (O)

Canned cycles:

  •     Position
  •     Drill
  •     Bolt Hole
  •     Mill
  •     Arc
  •     Circle pocket
  •     Rectangular pocket
  •     Circular profile
  •     Rectangular profile
  •     Irregular profile (O)
  •     Irregular pocket (O)
  •     Circle Island (O)
  •     Rectangular Island (O)
  •     Irregular Island (O)
  •     Helix (O)
  •     Thread milling (O)
  •     Engraving (O)
  •     Tapping (O)
  •     Face Mill (O)

Edit Mode Features
Clipboard to copy events between programs (O)
Spreadsheet editing (O)
Global data change (O)
G-Code editor (O)

Set Up Mode Features
Program diagnostics
Advanced tool library
Tool names
Tool length offset with modifiers
Advanced diagnostic routines
Software travel limits
Tool path graphics with adjustable views
Program run time estimation clock (O)
Run Mode Features
Trial run at rapid
3D CAM file program run
3D G Code file run with tool comp
Model tool path verification (O)
Real time run graphics with tool icon
Countdown clock to next pause or tool change (O)
TRAKing of programs during program run (O)

Program In/Out Mode Features
Simple program storage to floppy
CAM IN program converter
CAM OUT converter to run ProtoTRAK programs on different controls (O)
Converter for prior-generation
DXF / DWG Converter (O)
Selection of file storage locations
Automatic file back up routine
Preview Graphics for unopened files
Networking via RJ45 port (O)
Program Storage to USB Flash Drives

 

(O) - Option

Options See All

Advanced Features with Verify incorporates 3D solid model machining simulation software that allows you to quickly and easily proof your ProtoTRAK mill and lathe programs prior to cutting chips.

Not available for EMX / ELX products.

The Auxiliary functions provide program control of spray mist or coolant, spindle off, and interface to a programmable rotary table or indexer.

Standard on model FHM7 Bed Mill.

Not available for models K3EMX and K3SMX Knee Mills or 2-axis retrofits.

Powerful software that imports DXF file information and provides the user interface to add the data necessary to complete the part program. Same user friendly format as the ProtoTRAK programming

Not available for EMX / ELX CNC model machines.

The powerful Parasolid Converter makes it easy for you to generate ProtoTRAK mill programs from Parasolid 3D CAD files.

Not available for model EMX / ELX machines or retrofits.

Switches and brackets to set for maximum travel limits. Tripping the switch will cause the servo motors to shut down. Note, limit switches are not especially recommended. The system software monitors voltage intensity and will shut down the servos if it detects excessive force.

The Networking Option lets you connect your ProtoTRAK to a network of other ProtoTRAKs or offline computers.

Not available for EMX / ELX CNC model machines and model EMX retrofits.

This option converts the mechanical handwheels into electronic handwheels for operating the table and saddle which in turn enables the powerful TRAKing feature of the ProtoTRAK SMX CNC. The power comes in that you no longer have to choose between the efficiency of CNC and manual control - TRAKing gives you both. With TRAKing, you don't have to go through the process of proving out the CNC program before you press the Go button. You can run the CNC program at the speed at which you crank the handwheel. Go fast, go slow, stop and take a measurement, go backwards, whatever. You are in complete control as the machine moves the table, saddle and (for three-axis models) the quill through the programmed coordinates.

Standard on models FHM7 and DPM SX5P Bed Mills.

Not available on model EMX / ELX machines and model EMX retrofits.

The USB Thumb Drive option is an industrial grade 512MB thumb drive. It serves the following purposes:

  • Save program files for backing up or additional storage
  • Load program files
  • Share program files between ProtoTRAKs or computers
  • Save system configuration files, including backlash and calibration values