CNC & Machine Controls

The CNC (computer numerical control) system of a machine tool includes the control unit itself, as well as 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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New Control Improves Feed Rates on Remanufactured Legacy Machine

Replacing the original 25-year-old control on an otherwise sound remanufactured VMC enabled a moldmaker to increase feed rates, cut cycle times and increase profitability.

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MMS Looks Back: 1960s - The Radical Becomes Practical

Stories about whether to adopt numerical control reveal the value of careful consideration over wholehearted embrace or outright dismissal of new disruptive technologies. This story is part of our 90th anniversary series.

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IMTS 2018: ICAM Technologies’ Adaptive Post-Processing software changes traditional CNC programming.



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