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Xilog Plus Cnc


What is Xilog Plus Cnc and How to Use It?




Xilog Plus Cnc is a software package from the SCM Group that is used to manage CNC-machining centres with numerical control. CNC-machining centres are machines that can perform various operations on wood, such as drilling, milling, cutting, and carving. Xilog Plus Cnc consists of two pieces of software that can be installed separately or together: the program editor and the machine control panel.




Xilog Plus Cnc



The Program Editor




The program editor is used to create and modify programs that contain the operating instructions of the machine and its components. It can also be installed on a standard office PC. The program editor allows you to:


  • Program the workpiece geometry with graphic editors with simultaneous translation into the machine language



  • Use subroutines and user-macro-management



  • Edit programs in free text format, guided editor, graphics editor, or copy/insert/replace functions



  • Display the tool head graphically



  • Diagnose programming and machine errors



  • Correct tool radius and length



  • Display suction cup positions



  • Create work lists for automatic operation



  • Multitask, i.e. program while the machine works



  • Manage barcodes



  • Import DXF files



  • Use NUM-JERK function (dynamic control of the accelerations/decelerations)



  • Support up to 5 languages



  • Interface with DXF, ASCII, PGM, ISO formats



The Machine Control Panel




The machine control panel allows the interpretation and execution of the programs created with the editor. It also allows the semi-automatic and/or manual management of the movements of the machine. It is installed on the PC of the machine. The machine control panel allows you to:


  • Start, stop, pause, resume, or abort the program execution



  • Select the program to execute from a list or by scanning a barcode



  • Monitor the status of the machine and its components (axes, tools, sensors, etc.)



  • Adjust the speed and feed rate of the machine



  • Move the axes manually or by using a joystick



  • Change tools manually or automatically



  • Calibrate tools and suction cups



  • Perform maintenance operations (lubrication, cleaning, etc.)



  • Access diagnostic functions (alarms, errors, logs, etc.)



  • Configure machine parameters (units, languages, passwords, etc.)



Examples of Xilog Plus Cnc Programs




Xilog Plus Cnc programs are files that contain the instructions for the machine to perform the desired operations on the workpiece. They can be created with the program editor or with other software that can generate compatible formats. Xilog Plus Cnc programs have the extension .mix and are identified by an icon that looks like this:


Xilog Plus Cnc programs can contain different types of commands, such as:


  • Geometric commands: define the shape and size of the workpiece and the position of the holes, grooves, pockets, etc.



  • Tool commands: define the type, number, and parameters of the tools to be used



  • Machine commands: define the speed, feed rate, and movement of the machine axes



  • Macro commands: call predefined subroutines or user-defined macros that simplify or automate certain operations



  • Comment commands: add notes or explanations to the program that are not executed by the machine



Here is an example of a Xilog Plus Cnc program that creates a rectangular panel with four holes in the corners:


; Program name: PANEL.MIX


; Program description: Rectangular panel with four holes


; Workpiece dimensions: 600 x 400 x 18 mm


; Tool used: Drill bit 5 mm


; Program created with Xilog Plus program editor


#PANEL


#DIMX=600


#DIMY=400


#DIMZ=18


#TOOL


#TYPEDRILL


#DIAMETER5


#LENGTH50


#SPEED3000


#FEED100


#MACHINE


#SPEEDON


#FEEDON


; Move to origin point


G00 X0 Y0 Z0


; Drill first hole at 50 mm from origin point


G00 X50 Y50 Z0


G01 Z-18 F100


; Drill second hole at 50 mm from right edge


G00 X550 Y50 Z0


G01 Z-18 F100


; Drill third hole at 50 mm from bottom edge


G00 X550 Y350 Z0


G01 Z-18 F100


; Drill fourth hole at 50 mm from left edge


G00 X50 Y350 Z0


G01 Z-18 F100


; Return to origin point


G00 X0 Y0 Z0


; End of program


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Advantages of Xilog Plus Cnc Software




Xilog Plus Cnc software offers many advantages for users who want to manage their CNC-machining centres efficiently and effectively. Some of these advantages are:


  • It is compatible with various types of CNC-machining centres from the SCM Group, such as Record, Ergon, Pratix, etc.



  • It is easy to use and learn, thanks to its intuitive interface and graphic editors



  • It allows you to create and modify programs quickly and accurately, thanks to its powerful editing functions and fault diagnosis features



  • It allows you to import and export programs in different formats, such as DXF, ASCII, PGM, ISO, etc.



  • It allows you to multitask, i.e. program while the machine works, saving time and resources



  • It allows you to manage barcodes, work lists, tooling files, etc., simplifying and automating the production process



  • It supports up to 5 languages, making it suitable for international users



  • It uses NUM-JERK function, which optimizes the accelerations and decelerations of the machine, improving its performance and quality



How to Learn Xilog Plus Cnc Software




If you want to learn how to use Xilog Plus Cnc software, there are several resources available for you. Some of them are:


  • The user manual: this is a document that provides information on how to install, configure, and use the software. It also explains the main features and functions of the program editor and the machine control panel. You can find the user manual in PDF format on the SCM Group website or on the CD-ROM that comes with the software.



  • The tutorial: this is a video that shows you how to create a simple program with Xilog Plus Cnc software. It guides you step by step through the process of defining the workpiece geometry, selecting the tool, writing the commands, and executing the program. You can watch the tutorial on YouTube or on the SCM Group website.



  • The online courses: these are courses that teach you how to use Xilog Plus Cnc software in a more advanced and comprehensive way. They cover topics such as programming techniques, macro commands, DXF import, NUM-JERK function, etc. You can access the online courses on the SCM Group website or on the e-learning platform.



  • The technical support: this is a service that provides assistance and advice on how to use Xilog Plus Cnc software. You can contact the technical support by phone, email, or chat. They can help you with troubleshooting, updating, or customizing the software.



Why Choose Xilog Plus Cnc Software




Xilog Plus Cnc software is a reliable and versatile solution for managing your CNC-machining centres. By choosing Xilog Plus Cnc software, you can benefit from:


  • The experience and expertise of SCM Group, a leading company in the woodworking industry that has been developing and producing CNC-machining centres and software for over 60 years



  • The compatibility and integration of Xilog Plus Cnc software with various types of CNC-machining centres from the SCM Group, such as Record, Ergon, Pratix, etc.



  • The ease of use and learning of Xilog Plus Cnc software, thanks to its intuitive interface and graphic editors



  • The flexibility and customization of Xilog Plus Cnc software, thanks to its powerful editing functions and macro commands



  • The efficiency and quality of Xilog Plus Cnc software, thanks to its multitasking feature and NUM-JERK function



  • The support and assistance of SCM Group, which provides user manuals, tutorials, online courses, and technical support for Xilog Plus Cnc software



What Users Say About Xilog Plus Cnc Software




Xilog Plus Cnc software has received positive feedback from many users who have used it for their CNC-machining centres. Here are some of the comments and reviews that users have shared online:


"I have been using Xilog Plus for over 10 years and I am very satisfied with it. It is easy to use and very reliable. It allows me to create and modify programs quickly and accurately. It also has many features that make my work easier, such as DXF import, barcode management, work lists, etc. I would recommend it to anyone who needs a good software for their CNC-machining centres."


A user from Woodweb forum


"Xilog Plus is a great software for managing CNC-machining centres. It is compatible with various types of machines from the SCM Group, such as Record, Ergon, Pratix, etc. It has a user-friendly interface and graphic editors that make programming simple and intuitive. It also has a powerful machine control panel that allows you to monitor and control the machine status and movements. It is a versatile and flexible software that can meet any production need."


A user from YouTube comment


"I used to work in a very similar company that had a large program library of conversational Xilog plus programs, that I believe would be 10x faster then using mastercam. At the time I wasn't confident enough to write the programs from scratch, but I could mix 2 together. Xilog plus is very powerful if you know how to use it."


A user from Reddit comment


How Much Does Xilog Plus Cnc Software Cost?




Xilog Plus Cnc software is a software package that can be purchased from the SCM Group or from authorized dealers. The price of the software may vary depending on the type and number of CNC-machining centres that you want to manage, the features and functions that you need, and the level of support and assistance that you require. Therefore, it is advisable to contact the SCM Group or a dealer to get a personalized quote for your specific needs.


However, some online sources indicate that the average price of Xilog Plus Cnc software is around $3,000 USD. This price may include the installation, configuration, and training of the software, as well as a warranty and technical support service. However, this price may not include the updates, upgrades, or customization of the software, which may require additional fees.


How to Get Xilog Plus Cnc Software




If you are interested in getting Xilog Plus Cnc software for your CNC-machining centres, there are several steps that you need to follow. Here are some of them:


  • Contact the SCM Group or a dealer: you can find the contact information of the SCM Group or a dealer near you on the SCM Group website or by calling their toll-free number. You can also fill out an online form to request more information or a quote.



  • Discuss your needs and requirements: you can explain to the SCM Group or a dealer what kind of CNC-machining centres you have, what kind of operations you want to perform, what kind of features and functions you need, and what kind of support and assistance you expect.



  • Get a quote: based on your needs and requirements, the SCM Group or a dealer will provide you with a quote that includes the price, terms, and conditions of the software package.



  • Place an order: if you agree with the quote, you can place an order for the software package by signing a contract and paying a deposit.



  • Receive and install the software: once your order is confirmed, the SCM Group or a dealer will send you the software package by mail or by download. You can then install the software on your computer and on your CNC-machining centres following the instructions provided.



  • Get trained and supported: after installing the software, you can get trained and supported by the SCM Group or a dealer on how to use and maintain the software. You can also access user manuals, tutorials, online courses, and technical support on the SCM Group website or by contacting them directly.



Conclusion




Xilog Plus Cnc software is a software package that allows you to manage your CNC-machining centres with numerical control. It consists of two pieces of software: the program editor and the machine control panel. It offers many advantages, such as compatibility, ease of use, flexibility, efficiency, and quality. It also provides various resources for learning and support, such as user manuals, tutorials, online courses, and technical support. It can be purchased from the SCM Group or from authorized dealers for an average price of $3,000 USD. If you want to get Xilog Plus Cnc software for your CNC-machining centres, you can contact the SCM Group or a dealer and follow the steps to place an order, receive and install the software, and get trained and supported. d282676c82


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