4/25/2013

“CNC Retrofit” Often Means More

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This video testimonial provides an inside look at the myriad benefits Major Tool & Machine has realized from a new CNC platform—but like other, similar projects, implementing that platform required a complete motion system overhaul.

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Faster, more intuitive programming, reduced setup times, improved flexibility—these are just a few of the results of Major Tool & Machine’s move to  a new CNC platform for many of its largest machine tools. The video above, produced by Siemens, provides an overview of these and other benefits.

However, realizing these advantages involved far more than just a CNC swap. In fact, most large-machine retrofits do. That was a major takeaway from a series of conversations I had with Doug Huber of Indiana Automation, the company that performed the retrofits at MTM. In this article, Mr. Huber describes why projects like the one at MTM not only tend to necessitate new drives, motors and other motion system components, but also present opportunities for more substantial improvements. 

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