Related Glossary Terms
- computer numerical control ( CNC)
computer numerical control ( CNC)
Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.
Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.
Breathe new life into your trusted machines that are mechanically sound but electrically obsolete. Get a Drake CS:R (Control System Renewal) and eliminate the headache of outdated controls and motors that are no longer supported. Drake’s CS:R package is an economical way to return machines which are still good mechanically, but have failure-prone controls, to higher productivity. With the Drake CS:R, you’ll get complete parts and service support for your CNCs. Increase up-time and productivity while avoiding a possible unplanned and extended downtime.
Drake’s Basic Control System Renewal package includes:
- New CNC mounted in the existing operator console
- Drake master thread grinding software
- New servo motors including power and feedback cables. New or modified servo motor mounts as needed.
- Drake custom ladder software
- New electrical panel including all CNC hardware and supporting components. New circuit breakers and motor starters for existing hardware on the machine.
- That includes an operator manual, electrical schematics updates and FANUC documents on CD.
- Linear glass scales with an air purge system
After engineering visits your facility, Drake will design and assemble the required electrical subpanels, CNC and servomotor adapter plates. The work done at Drake reduces the downtime on the factory floor.
When the Drake team arrives for installation, the existing control, motors and other components are removed with the assistance of your personnel. Drake personnel then install the new components, electrical control and programming. The mechanical work is typically one week. A second week is used to start up the machine and begin operation. Once the debug is complete, your operators are trained by setting up and grinding parts.