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MACHINE CONTROLS Newer controls feature improved touch-screen interfaces, better software functionality and connectivity choices


New CNCs take cues from intuitive smartphone era


An operator uses a touchscreen display on the Okuma PC- based open-architec- ture OSP-P300 machine tool control.


Patrick Waurzyniak Senior Editor


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NC control systems contin- ue to move toward touch- screen human-machine interfaces (HMI) that appear more like a smartphone, with leading control devel-


opers like FANUC joining other indepen- dent and proprietary control providers moving in this direction. While these new interfaces are consid-


ered more user friendly, especially to the younger generation, the shift isn’t all about window dressing. The systems come with substantial improvements that are said to speed programming. New interface or not,


many of today’s control systems also offer more connectivity choices in the form of MTConnect or other protocols for easily connecting machine tools to the Web, mak- ing it possible to optimize programming decisions and production. “At EMO in Milan, it was clear the ma-


chine tool industry is going toward soft con- trol panels. You’ve got basically an industrial iPad controlling the machine tool,” said Jim Kosmala, VP, engineering and technology, Okuma America Corp. Okuma is one of several machine tool builders that develops its own proprietary control system.


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Photo courtesy Okuma America Corp.


Summer 2016


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