Newsletter March 2024

Enhance Your CNC Daily Operations: Updates and Practical Tips for SYMplus™.

We are delighted to bring to you the latest edition of the KELLER newsletter, designed to provide you with valuable insights and practical tips to enhance your CNC experience. Additionally, we have an exciting practical tip prepared just for you!

Software Update in Progress: For enhanced performance

The KELLER team is currently working on a new update for SYMplus™ to make your workflows even more efficient. As soon as the update is available for download, you will be notified through our social media channels, newsletter, or via the update notification within the software. Please note that updates are exclusively available to plusCARE customers.

What is plusCARE? >

Practical Tip: Creating a New CNC Tool

In this practical tip, we will guide you step-by-step through the process of creating a new CNC tool in SYMplus™ and how to use it to load a turret.

From accessing the tool menu to configuring tool geometry and technology, we will walk you through the entire process. Learn how to select different tool types, input parameters, name tools, and load turrets for a more efficient CNC operation.

View full Practical Tip >

Preparation for Machining Technician Exams

We aim to support you in your exam preparation journey. Explore our diverse resources to help you prepare for your exam:

Old Exam Simulations on YouTube: Watch old machining technician exam simulations on our YouTube channel (@CNC KELLER GmbH). SYMplus™ simulates exam tasks, offering valuable insights into exam requirements.

To the Playlist >

SYMplus™ Workbooks: Deepen your knowledge and enhance your skills with our SYMplus™ workbooks. Practical exercises will help you meet the demands of your exams.

To the Workbooks >

Student licences: Utilise the “Student License DIN“ or “Student License PAL” add-ons for SYMplus™ to improve your skills from the comfort of your home.

Please note that these SYMplus™ add-ons must be purchased in advance by your school or training institution. A plusCARE contract is also required.

Request License >

Easily Rent SYMplus™ for One Month: Rent the full suite of SYMplus™ at affordable rates for one month and kick-start your exam preparation today!

Rent SYMplus™ >

PAL Exam Preparation Course at KELLER.Academy: From April 18th to 19th, an exam preparation course on PAL will take place at our KELLER.Academy. If interested, please reach out to us. Regular participants of this course include apprentices from the Hager Group.

More about KELLER.Academy >

 

Have a nice day and best regards.

  – Your KELLER.Software Team


Next Appointments in the KELLER.Academy:

Basics of graphical programming (CAD/CAM) with SYMplus™

  • 11.-12. April 2024
  • 13.-14. June 2024

Exam preparation PAL

  • 18.-19. April 2024

Basic DIN/PAL programming with SYMplus™

  • 16.-17. May 2024
  • 27.-28. June 2024

Driven tools, level swivel and reform PAL2020

  • 06.-07. June 2024

Further Information >


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    Newsletter December 2023

    G54 X 2024.

    In this festive season, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and thank you for your continued loyalty and trust in KELLER.Software.

    There have been challenges, enriching encounters and inspiring cooperation!

    There was … a new Software Update

    The PAL2020 simulators have been improved and expanded, turning in the 2nd quadrant with a right-hand turning tool is now possible without any problems, and SYMplus™ offers more flexibility thanks to additional post-processors and individual work step macros with contours.

    Find out more about the software update >

    There was … delicious Instant (CNC) food

    Our new “series” on YouTube, “Instant CNC” is your little bite of CNC ready to enjoy in no time at all. The videos are less than a minute-long, making them the perfect snack. Immerse yourself in the world of CNC technology and discover new machining techniques using the 3D simulation from SYMplus™.

    Playlist “Instant CNC” >

    There was … a growing Community

    On YouTube, we are about to reach the magic mark of 1,000 followers, and we are truly grateful for every single follower! Subscribing to our channel is more than a gesture; it’s vital for our success, as followers are the heart of our community, supporting us and signalling to the YouTube algorithm for wider exposure. And best of all, subscribing to YouTube is completely free! We therefore cordially invite you to become part of our community:

    Subscribe to the KELLER YouTube channel now >

    There were … over 100,000 video views on TikTok

    We have also been active on TikTok since this year. One of our videos went viral there! Thank you for 100,000 views and 3,000 likes – we are grateful!

    To view the viral video >

    There was … an exciting webinar on the PAL 2020 commands

    The webinar “PAL2020 – Changes to the cutting machine operator exam”, which we held live two to three times a month between February and May 2023, can be now viewed free of charge on our YouTube channel. (Please note: Currently it is only available in German language!)

    Watch now >

    There was … a price update from 2023

    It’s still 2023, which means you can take the opportunity to save money! Our prices will be adjusted from 2024 (does not apply to existing plusCARE™ contracts) so that we can continue to offer you the best possible quality. Orders up to the end of the year will still be processed at the previous conditions.

    There are … Insights into the examination task for cutting machine operators

    The IHK examinations for cutting machine operators took place on December 6. We used SYMplus to simulate the examination task for CNC milling. You can watch the video on our YouTube channel. (Turning video will come in the following days. Keep yourself subscribed to get updates)

    To the Video >

    Merry Christmas and a successful start to the New Year

    Finally, we would like to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a good start to the New Year.

    Thank you for another great year in the world of CNC machining. We look forward to mastering the upcoming challenges and successes together with you.

      – Your KELLER.Software Team


    Next Appointments in the KELLER.Academy:

    Driven tools, level swivel and reform PAL2020

    • 08.-09. February 2024
    • 21.-22. March 2024

    Basics of graphical programming (CAD/CAM) with SYMplus™

    • 11.-12. January 2024
    • 22.-23. February 2024

    Basic DIN/PAL programming with SYMplus™

    • 25.-26. January 2024
    • 07.-08. March 2024

    Exam preparation PAL

    • 18.-19. April 2024

    Further Information >


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      Newsletter September 2023

      Vacation is over? Here are the latest updates from “KELLER”.

      With the end of summer break in most federal states (teachers from Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg might already be checking their email inboxes), we warmly welcome you back from the summer hiatus. Our newsletter is here to bring you up to speed after the vacation period:

      We’re excited to announce that the latest version, SYMplus™ 65, is now available. This update brings a variety of improvements and enhanced features, including:

      • Simulators according to PAL2020: numerous enhancements and expansions.
      • Turning: No more worries in the 2nd quadrant with the right-hand cutting tool. We’ve fixed this issue, making roughing easy now.
      • More flexibility for your milling experience: Additional post-processors support tool preselection.
      • Customize SYMplus™ to your needs: Explore the new possibilities for creating individual operation step macros with contours.

      Learn more about the new features and optimizations:
      Click here >

      How to update the software:
      Click here >

      If you missed our webinar “PAL2020: Changes in the Machinist Examination” or want a refresher, we have great news for you. A recording of this webinar is now available on our YouTube channel (complimentary!). Gain insights into past IHK exams, upcoming changes, handling the current PAL coding, and discover how SYMplus™ can prepare your students for ‘fill in the blanks’ tasks. Please note that the Webinar is currently only available in GERMAN. If you would like to have it in English, let us know and we will find a solution.

      Here are the links to the webinar:

      Part 1 >

      Part 2 >

      Our new video series on YouTube delivers knowledge in less than 1 minute – hence the name “INSTANT CNC”. Quickly and concisely, you’ll get the essential information to quench your thirst for knowledge.

      Currently, the series comprises a selection of exercises from the “A collection of exercises on CNC technology Milling according to the PAL2020” by CHRISTIANI. Additional videos, including exercises from the turning booklet, will follow soon.

      The structure of these short clips is consistent: First, the drawing is displayed, followed by the 3D simulation using SYMplus™. During the simulation, you’ll receive information about each step of the exercise.

      To the playlist „INSTANT CNC“ >

      Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to not miss any new videos. It’s free for you and would greatly support us. Thank you in advance.

      Subscribe to KELLER on YouTube now >

      Have a nice day and best regards.

        – Your KELLER.Software Team


      Much more from KELLER.Software …

      SYMplus™ workbooks:

      Ideal for PAL exam preparation as well as for normal lessons: The SYMplus™ workbooks (Turning and Milling). The workbooks are organised according to topics and levels of difficulty and offer optimal learning material:

      • CNC entry
      • DIN basics
      • Control-specific technical training
      • CAD/CAM

      It also includes numerous exercises for successful training and further education.

      For more info >

       

      Next Appointments in the KELLER.Academy:

      Driven tools, level swivel and reform PAL2020

      • 12.-13. October 2023
      • 07.-08. December 2023

      Basics of graphical programming (CAD/CAM) with SYMplus™

      • 26.-27. October 2023

      Basic DIN/PAL programming with SYMplus™

      • 23.-24. November 2023

      Exam preparation PAL

      • 90.-10. November 2023

      Further Information >


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        Newsletter June 2023

        Unlocking New Horizons: Explore the PAL2020 Webinar Recording and IHK Exam Innovations

        If you have missed our webinars on the topic of “PAL2020: What’s changing in the cutting machine operator exam” or would like to review the content again at your leisure, then we have great news for you. As of now, the webinar recording is available to everyone free of charge!

        Please note: Webinar Recording is currently available only in German language.

         

         

         

         

         

         

        The Webinar covered the following topics:

        • Changes in past IHK exams
        • Innovations that are coming in the future and how they will be incorporated into the exam
        • How to transfer old programs to the changed coding
        • How your students can prepare for the fill in the blank tasks
        • “Debriefing” of the final exams for cutting machine operators in May

        How can you get the webinar recording?

        Type https://pal.cnc-keller.de into your browser and register yourself on the page, and we will send you the link to the recording via email.

        Since the beginning of the year, we have hosted this webinar once or twice a month. With a total of 18 events, we received a great response. A participation rate of 80% is something we’re very pleased about.

         

         

         

         

        Your KELLER.Software team wishes you a relaxing vacation, sunny days and/or just a nice summer time!

          – Your KELLER.Software Team


        Much more from KELLER.Software …

        Next Appointments in the KELLER.Academy:

        Driven tools, level swivel and reform PAL2020

        • 13.-14. July 2023
        • 24.-25. August 2023

        Basics of graphical programming (CAD/CAM) with SYMplus™

        • 27.-28. July 2023
        • 07.-08. September 2023

        Basic DIN/PAL programming with SYMplus™

        • 10.-11. August 2023
        • 21.-22. September 2023

        Further Information >


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          Newsletter March 2023

          PAL2020: How to rewrite old PAL programs.

          With the reform of the PAL norms in 2020, quite a few changes came our way. G17 is now G15, G86 and G88 remain, but many new or modified cycle addresses have been added, and so on and so forth.

          However, we found out through interesting exchanges with the participants in our new webinar series, “PAL2020: What’s Changing in Machinists’ Exams,” that the PAL2020 commands feel like deciphering hieroglyphics.

          But since we’re not all likely to be Indiana Jones, we’d like to give you a little overview of the changes in this newsletter – To decipher the hieroglyphics, so to speak.

          Here you can find a table with the comparison “PAL2008/PAL2012” and “PAL2020” (status spring 2023):

          To the comparison: “PAL2008/2012 ↔ PAL2020” >

           

          Well, now you can understand the hieroglyphs a bit better, but you still have a lot of programs that run with the old PAL standard, or more precisely, don’t run anymore. What about that?

          One trick that is so easy and old that you might not even think of it is the search-and-replace function in SYMplus™. You can use it to rewrite anything that can be replaced one-to-one, like G17 with G15. And this is how you proceed:

           

          1.

          Open the program, which you have programmed in an older PAL coding, in the mode “PAL2020”. You will then get the message, “The NC program is faulty!” This is exactly what we want to change, so just click it away with “F10”. In your editor, the last block that does not correspond to the coding according to PAL2020 will now be marked. Here in our example, the exercise program “LAGER3” from the workbook “Plane Swing”, is the line “N65 G17 CR180 AR90”.

          2.

          Press the “F1” key to select “Search/Replace” and enter “G17” in the “Search for” field and “G15” in the “Replace with” field:

          Then click “Replace All” to replace “G17” with “G15” throughout the document. Finally, apply this edit by pressing the “F10” key.

          3.

          Next, in our example, the line “N45 G48 G40 R10 Z0” is marked as incorrect, because after PAL2020 the commands for tangential approach and departure have also changed:

          Replace them according to the same principle: “G48 G40 R” becomes “G40 G46 RR”. And then “G41 G45 D” = “G41 G45 DL”.

           

          And already you have done quite a lot of work without having to trudge through the lines piece by piece.

          Everything else (like changing cycle addresses) is explained on our support page:

          http://cnc-keller.yoursupport.de/cnc.en/entries/000605/rewrite-old-pal-programs-for-pal2020

           

          Have a nice day and best regards.

            – Your KELLER.Software Team


          Much more from KELLER.Software …

          Reach your learning goal quickly and efficiently: it’s not easy to successfully pass the IHK final exam for machinist turning or machinist milling.

          To support you in this endeavor, we have developed SYMplus™, a special PAL software. Here, the focus is on practical exercises to achieve the greatest possible learning success.
          Learn more >

           

          Next Appointments in the KELLER.Academy:

          Basics of graphical programming (CAD/CAM) with SYMplus™

          • 13.-14. April 2023
          • 25.-26. June 2023

          Exam preparation PAL

          • 20.-21. April 2023

          Basic DIN/PAL programming with SYMplus™

          • 11.-12. May 2023
          • 29.-30. June 2023

          Driven tools, level swivel and reform PAL2020

          • 25.-26. May 2023

          Further Information >


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            Newsletter December 2022

            6 steps to an organised Postprocessor list.

            SYMplus™ provides a list of around 50 Postprocessors. In reality, you will hardly ever need all of them. Mostly you work with one or a few. So selecting the right postprocessor can prove to be a nuisance with such a large list. Here is a tip that can help you organise those Postprocessors efficiently: Create a second folder for postprocessor parameter sets, and copy the postprocessors you currently need into this folder. That’s it.

            Here it goes:

            Step 1: Open the “Work plan” operating mode (alternatively also “PAL simulator” or “Simulator”).

            Step 2: Select “F1 File” > “F5 Management” > “F4 Postprocessor Parameter”.

            Step 3: Mark the file(s) relevant to you and …

            Click here to read the full version of the Practical Tip >

            SYMplus™ Update 63 is now available to all customers with plusCARE™ and includes new features as well as great improvements.

            Scale the font size in the editor of the simulators to 200% by default (e.g. for the beamer image of the teacher’s computer)

            When creating PAL gap-filling tasks, store individual instructions for each gap in the text

            Receive the new simulators for the SINUMERIK 808D control system

            The exchange of revolver stations and individual allowance presettings for roughing, facing and grooving in turning operation was never so easy

            In addition, many detailed improvements in the simulators for PAL2020, SIEMENS 810D/840D and HEIDENHAIN allow for more effective work. The use of mobile licenses and the sources for the creation of individual macro work steps (by customer order) have also been improved. Other sample programs have been revised according to PAL2020 (for new installation as part of the user data).

            More information about Update >

            Lastly, we want to pause and look back at the past year.

            It was great to see that many events and meetings took place this year. It started with the BETT UK education fair in London in March and ended with the BZI Remscheid open day last month.

            The fact that face-to-face meetings were more feasible again than in the past two years was also evident at the KELLER.Academy: close to 40 guests came to the Academy courses this year (in comparison: there were less than twenty in 2021). In addition, the KELLER.Academy celebrated its fifth anniversary and held (virtual) training courses in Pakistan and Mexico, both of which are far away. In September, we published the new “SYMplus™ license via the Internet”, with which you now only need one KELLER ID to let several users work with SYMplus™. And in October, a new edition of the workbooks was also published.

            Look out for more new improvements next year!

            Missed new developments? Check out our website at KELLER.News for all the important information including newsletters, announcements and more.
            KELLER.News >

            The KELLER.Software team wishes you a pleasant Advent season and relaxing holidays.

              – Your KELLER.Software Team

            Much more from KELLER.Software …

            Next Appointments:

            12. – 13. January 2023: Basic graphic programming (CAD/CAM) with SYMplus

            26. – 27. January 2023: Basic DIN/PAL programming with SYMplus

            Further Information >

             

            New on YouTube: With the PAL2020 reform, some commands in the PAL encoding have been changed. As a result, programs written according to PAL2008 or PAL 2012 no longer run and lead to error messages. With this practical tip, you can easily rewrite your programs.
            Watch now on YouTube >

             


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              Prepare yourself thoroughly for your PAL exam! With our CNC learning software SYMplus™, preparing for the IHK final examination for cutting machine operators (turning/milling) is as easy as child's play.…

              Newsletter March 2022

              Innovations and the future of learning.

              We have good news: The next SYMplus™ update will be available in the next few weeks for all customers with a plusCARE™ contract.

              You can expect improvements to PAL2020, optimisations to the software performance and much more in Update 62 of your SYMplus™ CNC software. As soon as it is online, we will let you know immediately. Please keep an eye on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn), our website or the update notification in the software. 

              In this context, we would also like to point out that Update 61 was already available last week. However, this had a bug and so we reacted quickly and stopped it without further ado. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about this. With Update 62, this error has been fixed.

              All new features and optimisations can always be found here on our website.

              The Bett UK Education Exhibition is taking place in London this month (23 – 25 March). Mr. Reckermann, our head of sales and KELLER software expert, will be there to discuss with educators from all over the world how learning can be shaped in the future – and, of course, what KELLER.Software can contribute to it. We are already looking forward to these inspiring days and will report on our impressions from London in the next newsletter.

              You can find more information about the fair here on our website.

               

              Much more from KELLER.Software

              Next appointment:

              21.-22. April 2022: Exam preparation PAL

              More info > https://cnc-keller.com/keller-academy/

               

               

               

              The practical tips from the monthly KELLER newsletter are also available in video form. Watch it at any time and free of charge on the KELLER.Software YouTube channel >

              https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLo0O792GpB41B8gt89rFWHJ6BFQWvB2wK

               

               


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                Newsletter February 2022

                Learn new things faster and more effectively

                 

                It is no secret that learning is increasingly taking place on the Internet.

                Videos are particularly popular. Videos increase the clarity of a topic through their visual presentation and, because our brains remember images better than texts, help us retain information in our heads for longer.

                 

                That’s why we at KELLER.Software have been running a YouTube channel for a few years now, covering topics such as: 

                How does the machining of Grooves work?> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqqflAwVSeE 

                How to setup vocabulary tests and multiple choice tasks using SYMplus™ software?> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5FngKoU1Qo&t=4s 

                How to compare production strategies effortlessly with each other using SYMplus™ software?> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSeaABYL7wg&t=3s 

                There is something for everyone. No matter whether you are just taking your first steps as an apprentice or would like to further your education as an experienced person.

                Click here to go to the KELLER.Software YouTube channel > https://www.youtube.com/c/CNCKELLERGmbH 

                Practical Tip: From PAL Programming to chips

                 

                The phrase “From PAL programming to chips” refers to the fact that with SYMplus™ you can not only learn the theory, but you can also build a bridge to practical application.

                To learn more about this Tip of the Month, please click on the picture.




                Much more from KELLER.Software

                Upcoming Training Sessions:

                10.-11. Mar. 2022: Driven tools, plane swing and reform PAL2020

                17.-18. Mar. 2022: Basics of graphic programming (CAD/CAM) with SYMplus™.

                Further Information> https://cnc-keller.com/keller-academy/

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                  Newsletter January 2022

                  Into the new year with good news.

                  KELLER.Software wishes you a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2022.

                  We at KELLER.Software, are also back from a week of company holidays, refreshed, relaxed and energized. We usually like to start our new year with good news. 2022 is also not different. The good news this year is that the free PAL student licenses that we offered to support students during the pandemic, to help them train from home, has been extended till 30.06.2022. Please note that you can only apply for these free licenses until 30.05.2022. We hope this small gesture from us helps support your students in their training. 

                  In case you are a student/trainee in Germany and you haven’t applied for it yet, feel free to do it here > https://cnc-keller.de/symplus-erwerben/#simplus-fuer-zuhause 

                  You probably already read on our social media channels that we are participating in the education exhibition in London, BETT UK 2022. Please note that the exhibition dates have been postponed from January to March 23 – 25, 2022 due to the current restrictions in London from the pandemic. Of course, this does not diminish our excitement. We are very much looking forward to spending three days immersed in inspiring content, networking and exchanging ideas with educators from all over the world.  


                  More info on this can be found here:
                  https://cnc-keller.com/aktuelles/bett-uk-2022-education-exhibition/ 

                  Once again KELLER.Software wishes you a successful 2022.

                  Much more from KELLER.Software

                  Next appointments:

                  10.-11. Feb. 2022: Basics of graphical programming (CAD/CAM) with SYMplus

                  24.-25. Feb. 2022: Basic DIN/PAL programming with SYMplus

                  More info > https://cnc-keller.com/keller-academy/

                   

                  Let us learn something new this new year. Head over to the KELLER.Software YouTube channel where you can learn all about SYMplus™ and watch other interesting CNC videos as well.

                  Stop by and leave a subscription to never miss any new videos > https://www.youtube.com/c/CNCKELLERGmbH 


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                    Newsletter December 2021

                    Your 2021 with KELLER.Software.

                    The year 2021 was once again full of challenges, experiences and innovations. But before we wish each other “Merry Christmas and a good and successful year 2022”, December once again offers the opportunity to look back together into the last year:














                    And in December? The KELLER.Software team will be there for you as usual, so that you can get everything sorted before the end of the year.

                    Much more from KELLER.Software










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                    Next appointments:

                    In 2022, the doors of the KELLER.Academy will remain open for you. Keep an eye on our website for new schedules or contact us to book your next training. 

                    More info > https://cnc-keller.com/keller-academy/

                     

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