SPC Programmable Cam Control Useful for Add-on CNC Slides

Originally titled 'Programmable Cam Control Useful for Add-on CNC Slides'

Programmable electronic cam control for add-on CNC slides from SPC Innovationsoffersmodels with two-axis cross slides, pick-up and backworking slides and single-axis end tool slides.

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Programmable electronic cam control for add-on CNC slides from SPC Innovationsoffersmodels with two-axis cross slides, pick-up and backworking slides and single-axis end tool slides. Possible machining operations can include precision single-point turning/boring of diameters and contours with high finish and with tough materials; single point external/internal thread-chasing, including special and tapered threads; backworking counter-spindle operations, including thread-chasing, contouring, drilling, tapping and cross operations; and front working operations, including threading and deep hole drilling.
 
There are several types and sizes of slides, but all are completely independent and easily replace a mechanical slide on any MSA type machine. All of the servomotors and ballscrews are mounted inside the slide unit. A plug-in cable connects the slide to the controller. The same slide may be used on any machine and may even be moved from machine to machine. There is no limit to the number of slides that can be used on one machine. All slides are electronically interlocked to the mechanical cam shaft of the machine for synchronization.
 
The heart of the new slide system is the electronic cam controller, which is synchronized with the camshaft of the MSA. Just like a mechanical cam,
movement of the slides is programmed in degrees and rises, which is natural and logical for screw machine operators and setup personnel. A small control box with a touchscreen PC runs the Windows based software.
 
Standard cams can be graphically programmed, in rises and degrees. There are also simple subroutines to allow quick programming of contours, threading, tapers, dwells and radii. The machine functions, such as bar loading, collet opening/closing, rapid cycle, and so on, are shown graphically in a timeline at the top of the screen for visual timing of cam events with those functions.