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SEP 2018

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BETTER PRODUCTION MMS SEPTEMBER 2018 100 CNC drip-feeding large pro- grams through its RS-232 port. By installing one of Calmotion's USB-to-CNC adapters, he was able to reduce the program load time from roughly 18 minutes to 15 seconds. Calmotion specializes in providing a range of replacement parts such as amplifiers, motors, cables and other acces- sories for machine tools, including Fadal machines. One of its products is the 527F CNC, a full-featured dig- ital control replacement. Although Mr. Smith was cash-strapped from buying the machine, he decided to make the investment. "It was the best thing I could have done," he says. "There are a large number of Fadal owners whose machines are still functioning well but who need higher processing speeds," says Calmotion software engineer Glenn de Caussin. The replace- ment control, which he helped to develop, is a relatively small invest- ment when compared to the cost of purchasing a new machine, and only requires an hour or two The company purchased a remanufactured Fadal 3016 HT VMC to help produce molds. The machine was in good shape mechanically, but it still had its original control, which Mr. Smith estimated was around 25 years old. This meant that while the machine was still entirely capable, the CNC's processing power could not accommodate his feed rate needs. Get the whole story at OMAX abrasive waterjets increase throughput and shorten turnaround times to add value on your shop floor. VISIT US AT IMTS 2018 IN BOOTH #236222

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