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That sounds like a job for the post-processor but perhaps an awkward one. Can you tell us more? Do you need to change the coolant method for a specific type of operation? Typically, how many operations are there?
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What you want to do then is to apply a specific coolant method to a specific type of tool. You can do that via the tool properties form in VX, for each individual tool. The default choices are flood, mist and off. The VX CAM config file "ToolCoolantMode" (C:Program FilesVXCorpVX-12.70cam_config) controls what is listed and this can be edited to include other coolant methods, including air blast, thus:
In the actual ToolCoolantMode file, the above parameters are seperated by a semi-colon, not an equals sign. Can't show that here because the semi-colon invokes a smiley.
On the VX CAM Output dialog form, select the "From Tool" option so that the NC (.cl) file then outputs the coolant method/type as specified for the tool.
The post precessor should be configured to accept "air" as a coolant type. In IMS, COOLNT will accept IMS MODE.COOLNT.AIR by default for the general fanuc controller file, and so should not require adjustment - depends on your controller of course.
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In addition to Chris's suggestions, you can also set the coolant choice, when you output the file.
In the Camplan go into Output/Document and you can optionally set the Coolant type here.
This allows you to output a global (for the current camplan) coolant choice and overides the individual settings that are set in the tools.
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Thankyou for that note, which is pertinent, but just to clarify that in this case the field on the output dialog form should be set to "From Tool" - it is not an additional choice, the two settings (Tool Properties, Output Dialog Form) work together.
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It is possible with IMS to change the output of the Mist setting to turn on Air and leave the coolant working the way it is. That way in VX when you define the tool you can select the properties of Flood or Mist and get the correct output for each tool.
In IMS open your post, select coolant definition, you can change the default M7 to what ever code your controler needs to turn on the air. When IMS sees a mist statement it will turn your air on.
Feel free to call or email if you need anything.
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