Heidenhain’s software for the contouring control, the TNC 320, offers three axes plus spindle with the possibility of adding an additional axis, and is especially useful control for universal milling, drilling and boring machines.
The end-user functions/cycles now available through this software include engraving, either in a straight line or on an arc. Also, manual probing cycles have been added as well as support for the latest Heidenhain handwheels.
For the machine builder, it is now possible to encrypt part of the control’s PLC partition in order to secure the machine manufacturer’s proprietary information. This and the ability to lock external access, new touch probe configuration parameters and operation of the integrated oscilloscope from the NC program makes this an especially efficient control.
As always, the TNC 320 can be integrated into networks and connected with PCs, programming stations and other data storage devices. It features the Fast Ethernet interface and communicates with NFS servers and Windows networks in TCP/IP protocol without needing additional software.
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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.