Module Replaces Floppy with USB, Ethernet to Legacy Machines
IMTS 2018: Okuma Floppy Connect, a floppy drive replacement from Shop Floor Automations (SFA), replaces the floppy drive core in an Okuma machine.
Okuma Floppy Connect, a floppy drive replacement from Shop Floor Automations (SFA), replaces the floppy drive core in an Okuma machine. The floppy emulator can fit up to 100 disks on one USB flash drive, enabling users to store hundreds of files on a single USB stick.
The company’s LAN-USB Connect adds USB ports and Ethernet capabilities to legacy machines. Users can drag and drop files to the CNC data server and use an Ethernet connection via the FTP protocol. Drip-feeding is accomplished with various protocols, including X-modem. If the internal network goes down, users can still operate with the USB port for sending, receiving or drip-feeding.
Also exhibited, the company’s DataXchange software offers a cost-effective method of monitoring machine activity. According to the company, any machine can be connected to the software using MTConnect, Fanuc FOCAS and OPC UA. The software can be operated on premises or remotely.
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.
While the mistakes listed here will not sound an alarm or cause a program to fail, they will cause confusion, wasted time and scrap parts.
This concept introduces the three basic modes of operation, presents examples of when they are used, explores more about the mode switch, and categorizes each position of the mode switch into one of the three basic modes.