The LANCNC-FAD controller allows drag-and-drop, bi-directional file transfers between Fadal CNCs and network servers without additional software. The controller uses a Secure Digital (SD) card to capture programs from the network server, allowing drip-feed programs to continue even if the network crashes.
The controller operates with standard PC software and requires no additional licenses or additional interface software requirements. A programmer can simply drag and drop a file from a PC to the controller. Once a file is loaded, an operator can load it into CNC memory or drip feed a program directly from the file server. Additionally, programs can be saved from CNC memory to the controller.
Using the SD card, files can be transferred from the machine to the server without requiring network resources. The LANCNC-FAD gathers and stores machine information, including machine parameters, as well as survey data. A user can save and restore machine information if needed in case it is lost or modified during maintenance.
Should the network crash, machine operators can access server files by plugging the controller’s SD memory card into the PC for an update. The standard 1-GB SD memory card can then be reinstalled for immediate use. Larger memory options are available.
Commands are typed into the controller via the keypad on the Fadal CNC pendant. The file information and the IP address assigned to the CNC are viewed on the monitor as if it were an integral part of the control. An active help menu displays available commands, eliminating memorization of file interface commands.
The controller can operate as a wireless server with the addition of a low-cost wireless router. This cuts the cost of installing Ethernet wiring between the server and machines, the company says, as well as allows machines to be located further from the network server.