Developed to meet the needs of lathe machinists where manual and automated operation are both useful and needed, TURNPWR from the Acu-Rite brand of Heidenhain Corp. (Schaumburg, IL) enables the user to write part programs at the machine using a conversational programming language or edit G-code programs.
A 12.1-inch high-resolution display boasts a screen layout that is clearly arranged and user-friendly. Preview graphics in the editor illustrate the individual machining steps for programming the contour as well as corresponding tool path generated using only dimensions pulled from a production drawing. It also accepts DXF files.
TURNPWR is a closed-loop system with positioning feedback provided by rotary encoders inside the motor assemblies. When fitted with the (optional) Acu-Rite precision glass scales (1 µm/0.00005-inch resolution), TURNPWR also includes Position-Trac, an advanced feature that enables the user to quickly and accurately re-establish workpiece zero after shutting down or losing power.
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