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Control Software Eases Laser Drilling of Shaped Holes
Prima Power Laserdyne’s ShapeSoft, a feature of the SP94P control for its multi-axis fiber laser systems, simplifies the creation of programs for producing cone, oblique cone, fan, racetrack and a variety of shaped holes.
Linear Encoder Protects Against Scale Contamination
Heidenhain’s redesigned Lida 400 series exposed linear encoders are designed for coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), linear motion stages, wafer inspection, waterjet cutting and other applications.
PartMaker 2016 Includes Support for Broaching
Highlights of PartMaker 2016 include new 2 ½ axis milling machining strategies, support for the import of multiple solid models into a single PartMaker CAM project file, specialist support for broaching, fast 2D CAD drafting and toolpath selection, ...
Marking System Controller Expands List of Compatible Equipment
Automator America has released the AC500 3.0 universal controller for its line of pneumatic, electric and scribe marking systems.
Open-Protocol Device Enables Connectivity for Legacy Machines
Mazak’s open-protocol, MTConnect-compliant SmartBox is intended to be a platform for secure entrance into the Industrial Internet of Things, designed to facilitate connectivity of machines and devices and enhance monitoring and analytical capabiliti...
DNC Box Enables CNC File Transfer via USB
Highland DNC’s ShopLink Flash USB-to-RS-232 adapter enables transfers of DNC program files to and from CNCs via flash drives.
CNC Enables Four-Axis Turning without CAD/CAM System
The expanded contour machining cycle for Siemens’s Sinumerik controls now facilitates four-axis turning on lathes, enabling two turning tools, opposite one another, to machine a workpiece simultaneously for reduced machining time.
CNC System Can Be Customized for Three Different Operators
Okuma America introduces OSP Suite, an open-architecture CNC system that combines the company’s “Intelligent Technologies” with various software applications to improve cycle and lead times while achieving optimum machine conditions.
CNC Editing Software Enables Off-Line CNC File Management
Spectrum CNC Technologies offers a stand-alone version of its Multi-DNC editor, backplotter and file compare software, which includes the same CNC editing and viewing features integrated within the Multi-DNC package, but for a stand-alone PC.
Rotary Encoders Employ EtherCAT Technology
The Leine & Linde PSE and PHE 900 series of rotary encoders, available from Heidenhain, are designed for heavy-duty applications and are now available with an EtherCAT interface option.