Fadal s new 104/D digital control promises feedrates up to 103 faster than the company s previous CNC with no loss of part quality.
According to Fadal Machining Centers, Chatsworth, Calif., its new digital control delivers feedrates up to 10 3 faster (without deviating from part tolerances) than its previous CNC system.
The 104/D combines a number of software, hardware, interface, and ergonomic improvements and will be a standard feature of new Fadal VMCs — without a price increase.
"The new digital control is backward compatible to older Fadal VMCs, so existing Fadal part programs can be run on the new control," says John Wenger, the company's director of engineering. He says users only edit programs to accommodate increases in feedrate and spindle rpm to ensure proper chip load.
The control also runs DNC 100 3 faster than previously possible through an integrated 10base T/100 Ethernet. In addition, its 4-Gbyte of data-storage capacity eliminates the need to purchase expanded memory. Software features include Gibbs CAM, Quick Code, part rotation and scaling, and "limitless" variable and user-defined macros.
With a Windows 2000 Professional operating system, the 104/D permits use of third-party software, including CAM and communications programs.