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.



Index Provides another Approach to Machine Control

By: Chris Felix
Now available on all Index machines, this control is designed to put all necessary production information at the operator's fingertips.

Osai OPENCut CNC hardware/software solution

CNC Hardware, Software Optimizes Plasma 2D, Bevel, Oxy-Fuel Cutting

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Osai USA’s OPENCut CNC hardware/software solution is designed to optimize startup, productivity and cutting quality for plasma 2D, bevel and oxy-fuel cutting.

Rexroth IndraMotion MTX software

CNC Software Eases Use with Predefined “Function Toolkits”

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Through its Open Core design, Rexroth’s IndraMotion MTX CNC system enhances PLC programming efficiency and flexibility by providing open standards, software tools, interface technology and mobile device compatibility.

Heidenhain absolute rotary encoder

Absolute Rotary Encoders Include SSI Interface for High Resolution

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Heidenhain has expanded its range of absolute rotary encoders with devices that incorporate the SSI interface, including the 35-mm-diameter ECN 1013, EQN 1025, ROC 1013 and ROQ 1025 models.

iQ-F-series controller

Controller Connectivity Eases Integration of Automation Systems

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
The iQ-F series compact controller from Mitsubishi Electric Automation is based on the company’s FX series, delivering the same control capabilities as its predecessor while adding new functionalities for enhanced performance and user experience.


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