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New PCBA Adapter Enables a Bridge From an ACU-RITE CNC to a HEIDENHAIN TNC

Providing operators a simple upgrade or ability to switch between two controls on a single machine

Published: Monday, September 19, 2022 - 12:00

(HEIDENHAIN: Schaumburg, IL) -- A new ACU-RITE adapter to enable a bridge from an ACU-RITE CNC control to a HEIDENHAIN control on the same machine was introduced in September at the IMTS show in Chicago (Sept. 12-17). This new product bridges the gap to bring an ACU-RITE control user to the next step, an entry-level HEIDENHAIN TNC 320 control, all on the same machine tool.

This new system from HEIDENHAIN’s ACU-RITE brand will be especially useful for shop owners who want to easily upgrade their machine already equipped with an ACU-RITE MILLPWR control to the next-step HEIDENHAIN TNC 320 or to switch between both controls, such as in teaching environments at trade schools and in machine shops.

The PCBA was developed to allow ACU-RITE controls users to define and order a TNC 320 for small machine tool applications (i.e. VMC with tool changer) as a simple upgrade. This new system includes the PCBA adapter, a TNC 320 control and a complete AC package (motors, drives, and electrical cabinet).

Two options will be available:

• Kit style: For a user who has an ACU-RITE bed mill kit installed on a machine and wants to add the flexibility of the HEIDENHAIN TNC 320, the interface PCBA adapter can accommodate the functionality by using the backend ACU-RITE components. The use could be educational where most instructing is done on the ACU-RITE MILLPWR or TURNPWR control but there is a need to show advance functionality of the TNC 320. This allows users to experience HEIDENHAIN entry-level controls.

• OEI: This is the console-only option that a builder can integrate into the machine using ACU-RITE’s back-end components. This can be used for CNC-ready machines that have older controls when the end user wants to upgrade.

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