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.

Featured Zone Content

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.



Hurco Max5 control

Control Includes Three Remote Jog Options

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Hurco’s Max5 control includes 80 ergonomic design features based on usability testing with the company’s customers.

NUM MTConnect CNC

MTConnect-Compliant CNC Interface Option Gathers Real-Time Data

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
NUM Corp. has developed a communications interface option for its CNC systems that fully complies with version 1.3.0 of the MTConnect interoperability standard.

Newall DP500

DRO Package for Mills, Lathes Includes Tool Offset Library

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Newall launches its DP500 mill and lathe DRO packages.

Leine and Linde Heidenhain MRI 2000

Ring Encoder Design Simplifies Service, Handling

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Leine & Linde has expanded the range of sizes for its MRI 2000 ring encoder, available from Heidenhain.

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.


IndraMotion MTX micro from Rexroth
A compact, cost-effective CNC system with integrated PLC and onboard I/O.
Siemens Answers with the Most Innovative CNC Solutions for Machine Tool Technology
MMS ONLINE
Channel Partners
  • Techspex