Handheld CNC data storage

Handheld CNC data storage

RBR Associates Inc. and CNCini, both of Darien, Ill., have developed a software program that runs on the Palm OS platform and turns a PDA into a data-storage device for CNC machine tools.

The CncGcoder is a G-code program storage and editing device for CNC machine tools.


RBR Associates Inc. and CNCini, both of Darien, Ill., have developed a software program that runs on the Palm OS platform and turns a PDA into a data-storage device for CNC machine tools.

The CncGcoder system backs up and edits CNC machine tool G-code programs. The software lets users define special settings for up to 1,000 different machines and allows for storage of up to 1,000 G-code programs per machine. Users can edit programs directly on the handheld and perform backups by syncing up the information from the PDA to a desktop or laptop PC.

The system is in place at Parker Hannifin Corp., where the manager of manufacturing systems, Domingo Mojica, reports on the device's compatibility.

"I am impressed by how easily it interfaces with most CNCs, no matter how old the machine is or the brand of control," he says.

The system is sold as a package including the handheld computer, all associated software, and interface cables.

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