Mitsubishi Electric Automation offers a retrofit package to replace control systems currently using Meldasmagic 64 controls. The retrofit is a main control system designed to replace an existing industrial PC running on a Windows 95 or Windows NT platform. According to the company, the package can be used on any machine running a Magic64-based system, including horizontal and vertical lathes, vertical milling machines, and bridge mills.
The retrofit package consists of an M65S control unit, LCD screen, keypad and two power supplies, all mounted to a frame which bolts into the space of the existing control system. Communication and power cabling is included. The control system is fully compatible with existing hardware including servo and spindle systems as well as machine I/Os, the company says. It offers more than 60 options and is said to provide quicker boot-up times and improved reliability.
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The program revolves around Sinutrain, a PC-based CNC simulation system that enables instruction in CNC programming for milling and turning.