Techniques Magazine May 2015 : Page 54

ADVERTORIAL Simulation Is Revolutionizing the Way CNC Technology Is Being Taught BEST-IN-CLASS COMPANIES ARE TURNING TO VIRTUAL SIMULATION for both their product development and training. In a recent study performed by the Aberdeen group, 75 percent of the Best-in-Class companies were using some form of simulation. time-consuming. Also, students, when presented with visual explanations, find it easier to learn, retain and recall. Machining Training Solutions (MTS) is the most advanced industry-driven CNC virtual simulation-based training system in use today by both the advanced manufacturing industry and the educa-tional sector feeding their talent pipeline. MTS is revolutionizing the way instruc-tion in CNC technology is being delivered to students and skilled machinists. Its highly advanced interactive training programs are available on any computer platform, allowing students to train at any time on any device. Unlike other simulation software products, MTS offers a real-world programming environment that drives an interactive virtual CNC machine and uses nearly every control-ler on the market today. This means the programming methods and techniques used during the simulation training are identical to those programming methods utilized by production machine shops. A student proficient in using MTS software can seamlessly transition from the simula-tor to live equipment in a production machine shop using the same software. These fully interactive training programs allow students to learn real-world manu-facturing in a virtual environment using the world’s most advanced virtual CNC machine simulation software. MTS’s training curricula provides a full range of training in CNC technology from CNC machine tool operations and CAD/CAM, to Advanced Manufactur -ing, which supports the requirements for a Manufacturing Engineering degree in CNC Technology. MTS offers turnkey packages for students in high school, technical and community colleges, and universities. The package includes curricula and virtual simulation software for classroom study and state-of-the-art CNC trainers for lab work where students can get hands on training on live CNC equipment. The CNC packages also include a train-the-trainer program to ensure qualified instructors are available to teach all their courses. Lake Technical College, located in Eu-stis, Florida, was an early adopter of the virtual simulation software and curricu-lum. Director Diane Culpepper met with local manufacturing partners to review the software to ensure it would meet their needs as she trained their future employ-ees. Culpepper says, they were “blown away by the virtual environment and the advanced simulation available in the MTS software.” Lake Technical College is currently offering the CNC Production Specialist with great success. Students are being hired by local manufacturers before they even complete the course. In today’s classroom, simulation allows teachers and trainers to deliver large amounts of often complex information in a virtual setting without the expense or danger of having to perform these ac-tions on live CNC equipment. Using the conventional approach, you would have to train one person at a time on a particular piece of equipment, which is costly and For more information on MTS training packages, call 407-478-6606 or refer to their website at www.machiningsolutions. com. ADVERTORIAL

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