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.
Users of the Mitsubishi Electric Automation MELSEC iQ-R automation platform can now achieve even greater productivity and lower cycle times with the introduction of the C80 Series CNC. The rack-based C80 features a CNC-dedicated CPU to maximize the control’s performance.
Industry-leading CNC functions and drive units deliver high-speed, highly accurate machining, while a high-speed system bus provides large-capacity data communication – combining to reduce cycle times and increase productivity.
The C80 is especially useful for rotary dial machines, production machines using multiple processes, and automotive transfer lines. Key benefits of the C80 series controller include:
- Improved productivity
- Flexible system configuration
- User friendly functionality
- Low maintenance
- Safety measures compliant with global standards
The C80 also offers the ability to control all CNC CPUs on a PLC rack. Three CPUs control up to 21 system components and 48 axes, making it suitable for high axis count applications. In addition, the C80 can communicate with any module that can be used in a rack-based solution.
“The optical communication speed between the CNC and drive is fast, providing for improved system responsiveness, and ultimately resulting in more accurate machining,” stated Scott Strache, product manager at Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc. “We expect the C80 to be in high demand among OEMs for rotary dial machines and multiple system machines, as well as in automotive production lines where multiple processes can be achieved using high axis counts.”