Special design makes them last longer and easy to maintain
Made for production routing of plastic, wood, aluminum, composites, and other materials, the machines in this new line offer low maintenance and long life through ball screws on all three axes, and have closed-loop servo motors and drives. They come with Techno's own Windows-based PC interface compatible with any CAD/CAM G-Code outputting system. The interface includes a built-in G-Code editor and toolpath preview, production logging and reporting, infinite look-ahead and continuous motion, and free lifetime updates on the Internet. The routers come in five sizes ranging from 11 x 13 to 41 x 49 inches. Accessories include vacuum table hold-down, tool-change spindles, 2D, 3D and laser scanning options.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.