To make sure that the machine is using the right tools for the designated jobs, each tool in its tool place has to be defined properly in the software and shown accordingly in the menus seen below.
The software does not recognize whether or not a tool is placed physically in its defined tool place. In case the wrong or no tool at all is placed, it can cause severe damage to the tool, the blank and/or the machine.
The illustration of the tools in the software menu shows the following functions and information:
1. No. Of the tool place- Shows the number of the tool place.
2. Tool collet- Shows which tool is currently in the spindle, additionally it is shown on a blue background.
3. Tool type (icon: cutter)- Shows the type of the tool.
4. Information field
In this information box, it tells about the tools information, cutter length, tool life span. If no tool is defined it shows “???” When defining a new tool, the cutter length is erased and a yellow warning symbol appears. This means that the tool length is not known yet. If after a tool length measurement the value is out of range or cutter break-off, a red warning triangle appears. It appears also in the field tool place instead of the symbol tool fixture.
5. Units- This shows you how many more restorations this tool can be used for. It's calculated from the tool life and an average size of a restoration blank. Each time a tool is used the actual running time is deducted from the expected tool life. Due to different running times for different restoration jobs, this value is approximately only. If it shows “?”, no value is available or no tool type was assigned. If it shows “0” the tool is not supposed to do another restoration job.
6. Edit tool- Push this button to edit tool settings, this function is not available if the tool is in the spindle.
7. Progress bar- shows you the actual tool wear-off. If only 10% tool life left, it changes from green to red color.