CNC & MACHINE CONTROLS

7 CNC Parameters You Should Know

Parameters tell the CNC every little detail about the specific machine tool being used, and how all CNC features and functions are to be utilized.
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Five-Axis Conversational Programming from a Solid Model

This CNC feature imports a 3D solid model from which operators can perform conversational-type programming even for five-sided machining applications.

How To Reference Custom Macro Variables by Name

FANUC now enables CNC users to reference custom macro system variables by names in addition to hard-to-remember numbers. Here’s how.
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5 Mistakes We Find in Most CNC Programs

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.
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Acu-Rite Turnpwr Control Improves Two-Axis Turning Productivity

IMTS Spark: Turnpwr, a control system from Heidenhain’s Acu-Rite brand, is designed for two-axis lathe machinists where manual and automated operation are needed.
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Fagor Automation's 8065 Quercus Control Provides Greater Processing Speeds

IMTS Spark: The 8065 Quercus control system from Fagor Automation is a PC-based controller is adaptable to all modern web-based human-machine interfaces (HMIs).
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G Code To Include in Your CNC Program After It Ends

There are some G-code commands you might want your operators to occasionally execute but not for every cycle. Consider these examples.
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Heidenhain Opens West Coast Headquarters

The new headquarters consolidates Heidenhain’s Fremont, California, technical support operation into the company’s expanded San Jose business center offices.

Large Equipment Offerings Buoyed by New CNC

To complement the strengths of many of its larger machine tools, Tarus has added a Heidenhain CNC to benefit those manufacturers seeking high-quality contour surface milling capabilities.
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4 CNC Data Transfer Methods You Should Know

Modern CNCs enable transfer and backup of more than just machining programs. 
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CNC Programming: Dealing with Spindle Probe Results in Real Time

There are several situations in which a CNC programmer must work with spindle probe results in the G-code program itself. Here are some strategies to consider.
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Video: What Will 5G Mean for Machining?

Faster wireless data transfer could bring new possibilities to machining processes. Modern Machine Shop’s "Data Matters" columnist Matt Danford talks about the manufacturing role for 5G.

Acu-Rite's DRO300 Enables Control of Sinker EDMs

The Acu-Rite 300-series digital readout (DRO), available from Heidenhain, now enables users to control sinker EDM machines.

Which Kind of "More So" Are You?

The coronavirus pandemic has brought many people, businesses and industries to a standstill. How are you reacting? 
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Heidenhain's TNC 640 Gen 3 CNC Expands Machining, Monitoring Capabilities

The Gen 3 version of Heidenhain’s TNC 640 machine control is designed for three- to five-axis milling, turning and grinding operations with up to 24 axes.

Fastems' Work Cell Operations Domain Monitors, Controls Machining Cells

The Work Cell Operations (WCO) domain for Fastems’ Manufacturing Management Software (MMS) includes manual production tasks, work cells, and standalone machines in the IT-supported planning, control and monitoring of production.

6 Steps to Take Before Creating a CNC Program

Any time saved by skipping preparation for programming can be easily lost when the program makes it to the machine. Follow these steps to ensure success.
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Video: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Manufacturing and Machining

The machine tool monitoring that many CNC machining facilities are doing today could be a first step toward their use of machine learning. In this conversation, MMS’s “Data Matters” columnist Matt Danford speculates on the coming role of AI for refining machining processes.  

4 Things to Incorporate in CAM-System-Generated CNC Programs

Streamline G-code programs created by CAM systems.
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G31 Isn't Just for Probing Anymore

Here are two lesser-known ways to trigger the skip signal.
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5 Things New CNC Operators Must Know

These subjects are the building blocks of training newcomers on a specific CNC machine tool.
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GF Machining Solutions' Spark Track Monitors, Adjusts EDM Wire for Irregular Shapes

GF Machining Solutions’ Spark Track technology for wire-cutting EDMs prevents wire breakage that occurs when cutting irregularly shaped workpiece features.