Systems & Software

CNC & Machine Controls
The CNC (computer numerical control) system of a machine tool includes the control unit itself, as well as less visible parts of the motion-control system such as the servomotors, drives and axis positioning devices. These components are part of any CNC machine tool, but they might be bought separately and retrofitted later on older machines that are upgraded or refurbished. Also part of the control system are sensors that may allow the control to make certain real-time decisions during unattended or lightly attended machining processes. These can include probes for measuring the position of the part or machined features, as well as monitoring systems for detecting the presence of the tool or the force that is being exerted in the cut.

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Vector Programming Eases Five-Axis Aerospace Machining


Because the CNCs on this shop’s largest five-axis machining centers accept vector coordinates as program input instead of traditional G codes, critical jobs can be shifted readily from machine to machine.

The Need to Know Is Basic


An MTConnect-enabled monitoring system gives this shop a clear and simple picture of machine tool usage.

Dashboard view

MTConnect Is For Real


Introduced at IMTS 2008, this communications protocol for CNC machines and other manufacturing equipment is already helping shops and plants implement effective machine monitoring systems. Although these "early adopters" are motivated by the long-term promise of enterprise-wide efficiency gains, their experience with pilot projects shows that benefits derived in the short term are substantial and worthwhile.



Shops Serving Oilfield Customers Appreciate Retrofits

By: Derek Korn
Buying new is nice, but there are reasons why retrofits make sense for shops serving the oilfield industry.

Series 0i-f CNC system.

CNC Innovations Improve Machining Performance, Ease of Use and Maintenance

By: Edited by Julianne Mobilian
FANUC America Corporation introduces the Series 0i-F CNC system, integrated with a CNC platform containing Bluetooth technology and a digital servo adapter with an EtherCAT interface.

White Paper Describes Preventing Chatter on CNC Lathes

By: Lori Beckman
Okuma's VSST and HSSC allow users to cut threads without chatter.

Tapeswitch PCU

Programmable Safety Control Features Modular Design

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Tapeswitch will exhibit its Programmable Control Unit (PCU), part of a modular system designed for the integration of fully programmable safety control across multiple safety devices and machinery locations.

Heidenhain ERO 1200, 1400

Optical Rotary Encoders Suited to Dynamic Stages

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Heidenhain's ERO 1200 and 1400 series of modular optical rotary encoders are designed for motion control use on dynamic stages and machines in the general automation or semiconductor industries, such as pick-and-place machines.


Siemens Answers with the Most Innovative CNC Solutions for Machine Tool Technology
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