CNC productivity innovations, handheld unit
IMTS 2012: Fanuc FA America's CNC productivity innovations including enhancements to the Series 30-i Model B CNC and a handheld CNC operator unit.
Fanuc FA America's CNC innovations include new enhancements to Series 30i-Model B CNCs for 5-axis and high-speed, high accuracy machining, introduction of the new Power Motion i-Model A CNC for general industrial machines, and introduction of the new iPendant for CNC for improved operability.
For advanced smooth and accurate simultaneous 5-axis high-speed machining, Fanuc's 30i-B/31i-B5 CNCs feature high-speed smooth TCP with new fairing technology. This drastically reduces cycle times while improving part accuracy and quality, the company said. For complex machining processes, this is the ideal combination of Fanuc's legendary reliability and modern high speed 5-axis features. In addition, Fanuc's Series 30i-Model B controls offer enhanced high-speed and large capacity, multi-path PMC offering large scale sequence control with a maximum of 5 concurrent independent ladders.
Fanuc's Power Motion i-Model A CNC is designed for a wide range of general industrial machine applications with multi-axis and multi-path functions. Up to 16 axes by PMC axis control function can be executed independently for each axis. The Power Motion i-Model A reduces cycle time with a high-speed response function for quick axis start/stop and high-speed execution cycle of PMC. Additionally, the Power Motion i-Model A has a pressure and position control function as well as a function for presses.
Fanuc's new iPendant for CNC is a hand held operator's unit that offers mobile operability for large machine tools. The iPendant keyboard provides for both MDI data operations as well as well as manual machine control operation as integrated by the machine builder. A 6.4-in. color LCD displays the identical screens used by the 8.4-in. or 10.4-in. control display, including machine builder's custom screens for operator familiarity. Touch screen display is also available. Three position enabling switch on back can be integrated as required per safety requirements. Built-in USB port supports I/O of data to standard USB flash drives.
Fanuc FA America
- Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com
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