conjunction with the Heidenhain iTNC 530 control, this HR 550 FS wireless
handwheel communicates with its base via a 2.4 GHz ISM radio band, freely
accessible worldwide. The "FS" stands for Functional Safety, meaning the
handwheel corresponds to the valid requirements for safety such as an emergency
stop button and permissive buttons. If the machine operator moves out of range,
it reacts with a vibration alarm.
and raised axis keys of the HR 550 FS wireless handwheel permit traverse of up
to six NC axes. In addition, the machine manufacturer can configure an axis key
for selection of the so-called "virtual tool axis". The handwheel display
consists of a header and six status lines. It displays important machine
conditions and information (e.g., position of the selected axis, spindle speed,
feed rate, error messages, active basic rotation and tilted working plane) as
well as the functions of the five soft keys, which the machine integrator can
assign as desired. The machine tool integrator can freely assign specific
functions to the six function keys featuring LED indicators and its docking
station features an integrated battery charger.
for the axis designations and the function keys can be exchanged. In the
version with mechanical detent, the traverse per stop can be set.
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