The process manager enables you to create new manufacturing objects such as workcells and NC sequences and modify the properties of existing objects.
• Process Table – Table-based view of manufacturing model.
• NC Sequences = process steps.
• Create and edit manufacturing objects.
• Process Table Features
– View Types
– Custom Views
– Sorting and Filtering Views
Figure 2 – Printable Reports
• The Process manager functionality is based on the process table, which lists all the manufacturing process objects, such as workcells, operations, fixture setups, tooling, and NC sequences.
– When NC sequences are listed in the process table, they are called steps.
• The process table provides tools for creating new objects and editing existing objects. Objects that you can create and edit include workcells,
operations, fixtures, and NC sequences.
• The process table has many features including the following.
– View Types – Selecting a table view enables you to display specific process information in the process table. There are three categories
♦ Process – Views of the current process order.
♦ Step Info – Customized layouts enabling process engineers to perform selections or make decisions.
♦ Resources – Views of the current resources defined in the process.
– Custom Views – For each category, the main view is a default view generated by Creo Parametric. You can modify the default views,
as well as define additional custom views, by using the View Builder functionality.
♦ The View Builder functionality enables you to define custom views of the process table by selecting process elements and parameters
to display and specifying the column layout.
♦ When working with View Builder, you can create and modify views only in the current view category (Process, Steps, or Resources).
– Sorting and filtering of view information – This is possible in the Steps view and Resources view.
Process Table Tools
• Various tools are available within the process table that provide users with useful information. These tools include:
– Highlighting References – Selecting a step in the process table and clicking the highlight icon displays the references used to create the
step, for example, retract plane and geometry references.
– Show Step Parameters – You can show step parameters in an information window.
– Toolpath Simulation – You can display the toolpath for an operation, a single step, or multiple steps. You must completely define all steps.
When you display a toolpath for an operation, only steps that are completely defined are included.
– Compute Step Time – You can compute machining time and machining distance for a step only if it is completely defined. To view the results
of step time computation, make sure to include the machining time column in your table view.
– Printable Reports – You can create printable reports based on any view in the process table. The reports appear in the browser window, and you can print them using standard browser print functionality.
– CSV Files – You can export process table views in CSV format (as a comma delimited text file), which is a standard format for Microsoft
Excel. You can then import CSV files into Microsoft Excel and format them further, as required