CNC's Touchscreen Interface Contributes to Ease of Use
IMTS 2018: The ProtoTRAK RMX CNC from Southwestern Industries functions on ProtoTRAK machines designed for toolroom applications.
The ProtoTrak RMX CNC from Southwestern Industries functions on ProtoTrak machines designed for toolroom applications. A touchscreen interface contributes to ease of use. The controller also delivers context-sensitive instructions as users require them. Bulleted text, diagrams and videos are available as well. Defaults enable users to teach the controller idiosyncratic programming and machining styles. The Auto Geometry Engine feature includes the Tap-to-Guess function, which enables users to tap a point on the on-screen drawing to approximate the beginning, end or center of a geometry. Adaptive Machining enables users to increase the metal removal rate by 500 percent or more, the company says, through the selection of programming options.
For the most part, CNC controls will follow the instructions given in a program to the letter. With the exception of basic syntax (program formatting) mistakes, the CNC control will rarely be able to tell if a mistake has been made.
Though applied for different reasons on different machine types, all forms of compensation allow the CNC user to allow for unpredictable conditions related to tooling.
Though the thrust of this presentation is to teach you CNC usage, it helps to understand why these sophisticated machines have become so popular. Here are but a few of the more important benefits offered by CNC equipment.