Turning control optimizes lathe set-up
- August 5, 2020
The new control is a workshop-oriented turning control that enables the user to program conventional machining operations right at the machine in an easy-to-use conversational programming language. It is designed for turning machine tools with up to two axes.
It was developed to satisfy lathe machinists where manual and automated operation are both required.
The ACU-RITE conversational programming format for controls is a user-friendly method of writing part programs, however G-code (ISO) programming can also be used. Basic editing of G-code programs is also possible.
A 12.1-in. high-resolution display boasts a user-friendly screen layout. Preview graphics in the editor illustrate the individual machining steps for programming the contour as well as the corresponding tool path generated using only dimensions pulled from a production drawing. It also accepts DXF files.
This closed-loop system has positioning feedback provided by rotary encoders inside the motor assemblies. When fitted with the optional ACU-RITE precision glass scales (1 µm/0.00005-in. resolution), TURNPWR also includes Position-Trac, an advanced feature that re-establishes work piece zero after shutting down or power loss.