Manage Batch Queue

task target This task shows how to use the batch queue management functionality.

You have the possibility of managing tool path computation outside the interactive session, with the possibility of scheduling the execution of several batch jobs.

Capabilities include:

  • possibility to select machining operation, manufacturing program or Part Operation
  • immediate or differed execution mode
  • management and edition of the list of computations to be done
  • batch monitoring during execution
  • possibility to an output NC file (APT, clfile, or NC code) with your job.
task target Always save your program modifications before computing NC data.

For best results, you should first verify the operations of your program by means of a replay or simulation. There should be no operations to be updated or in an undefined state.

scenario 1. Click Manage Batch Queue
The NC Batch Management dialog box appears.
2. Click Create a Job .

The Job Definition dialog box appears allowing you to select either a program or part operation in the Process List by means of the [...] button. 

Two options are possible:

  • Compute tool path and synchronize:
    Click OK to add the defined job to the list in the NC Batch Management dialog box.
    Only the tool path will be computed.
  • File generation:
     Click the File Generation button. This allows you to request an output NC file (APT, clfile, or NC code) with your job. The NC file parameters are defined in a similar way to that described in Generate APT Source File in Batch Mode. A different output type can be requested for each job.
The figure below shows the NC Batch Management dialog box when two programs have been selected for processing. Note that an APT output file has been requested for each job. The status column shows that the two programs are waiting to be computed.

Properties allows you to modify the selected job.

Delete Current Job allows you to delete the selected job

Move Up  and Move Down allow you to move the selected job up or down in the list.

Delete All allows you to delete all the jobs in the list.

3. Select the desired batch mode:
  • Deferred: the computation will start at the designated time
  • Immediate: the computation will start as soon as you click the Activate button.
4. Click the [...] button to specify the desired location of the log file. 
5. When the job list is defined, click Activate to execute the jobs in the specified order. 

When a job is finished, you can click Synchronize to synchronize the computed tool path with the CATProcess.

Clicking the Stop button stops the execution of the job list.

A job may have one of the following statuses: Waiting, Started, Computed or Synchronized. To know the status of the jobs, just select a job in the list. 

In the figure below the status column shows that the first program has been computed. 

The second program has also been computed and the resulting tool path is synchronized with the CATProcess. The operations in the program now have Computed status in the specification tree:

6. You can consult the log file using the Log button.
7. Click OK to quit the NC Batch Management dialog box.

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