November 01, 2014

A new CNC for vertical knee mills has enhanced software features and is now available from Heidenhain. The ACU-RITE MILLPWRG2 control now also includes new functions such as a geometry calculator, tool plunge and G-code editing capabilities.

The geometry calculator is used to construct Point/Line/Arc entities which can then be simply transferred to the part program. This built-in calculator is capable of handling everything from simple arithmetic to complex trigonometry, geometry and RPM calculations. The numeric keypad resembles a standard calculator with keys for numbers 0 through 9, four math function symbols (+, -, x, and divide), a decimal point, and a positive/negative sign (+/-).

The addition of the control's G-code programs offers basic editing capabilities, as well as allowing the value of an existing G-code address to be changed. The values of the following addresses can be edited: F, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, S, T, X, Y and Z.

A tool step has been added to the control to support plunge angle (the angle at which the tool will enter the material). This tool step can call upon a specific tool number from the tool library and define plunge angle when ramping into a part pocket.

Extremely intuitive, the programming on the control is done via easy-to-understand plain language user prompts that are accompanied by 3D graphic "Help" forms that clearly describe each cycle step, creating an instinctive interface that maximizes efficiency and increases production. Using simplified navigation that eliminates multiple menu screens, the new control has continued the spirit of the original MILLPWR while improving on its wildly popular interface and functionality by maintaining the same programming language and incorporating an all new "Powerful Easy" navigation system.

Additionally, the G2 offers standard features like USB, networking accessibility, solid model graphics and a new large 12.1 high resolution display (1024 x 768). And built on the proven Heidenhain NC Kernel platform, the MILLPWRG2 boasts a 1 GHz processor with 2.5 GB of memory.

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.

  • numerical control ( NC)

    numerical control ( NC)

    Any controlled equipment that allows an operator to program its movement by entering a series of coded numbers and symbols. See CNC, computer numerical control; DNC, direct numerical control.

  • solid model

    solid model

    3-D model created using “building blocks.” This is the most accurate way of representing real-world objects in CAD.