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Motion control applies to much more than machine tools. As machining facilities expand into related operations such as assembly, and as they implement increasingly more automated systems, they often adopt programmable equipment with precise motion-control needs comparable to CNC metalworking. FANUC accounts for the largest share of machine-tool CNCs in many shops, and the company says it aims to be the leading technology provider for these manufacturers’ other motion-control needs as well.
In Booth S-8919, the company is introducing its Power Motion i-Model A CNC, which is said to be ideal for general industrial motion control applications including winding machines, wire saws, gantry loaders, die cushions, press machines, multi-axis positioning systems, wing riveting machines and vacuum machine polishers. The Power Motion i-Model A offers multi-axis and multi-path functionality with a maximum of four control paths, 32 total control axes and four simultaneous control axes. The unit also is optimal for applications with large servo motors, the company says, providing for up to 10 large servo motors in one CNC. The Power Motion i-Model A reduces cycle time with a high-speed response function for quick axis start/stop and a high-speed execution cycle. The unit also has a pressure and position control function as well as a function for presses.