Hardware Product to Add USB to Any CNC Machine

Shop Floor Automations (La Mesa, CA), one of the largest independent CNC automation suppliers for the CNC machine tool industry has released a new hardware product to add USB to any CNC machine.

Shop Floor Automations (La Mesa, CA), one of the largest independent CNC automation suppliers for the CNC machine tool industry has released a new hardware product to add USB to any CNC machine.

The USB to CNC device acts as an interface between commercially available USB flash memory and any CNC control with an available RS-232 port. Machine tool files can be sent from CNC memory to the USB key, USB key to CNC memory or drip fed (DNC) from the USB key. Flexible CNC communication firmware is built into the unit allowing connection to just about any machine tool control.

The pendant mount USB controller kit contains all the necessary hardware to integrate a universal display onto a CNC machine tool pendant. The controller is DIN rail mountable inside the pendant or can be reverse mounted on the display. There is also a portable unit available for sharing between CNCs or used as a back up to any DNC System.

The USB to CNC eliminates having to place a computer with DNC software in a machine shop environment where it can get damaged. Many job shops try to avoid this and place their PC’s in a safer location. Doing so, however, increases the risk of communication errors and forces many operators to run at lower baud rates due to long cable runs. Positioning the USB to CNC controller close to the control allows the machine to run at its maximum baud rate and eliminates an operator from having to run back and forth from PC to machine to begin machine operation.

The benefits of this device has been said to enable machines to continue to be kept in production that may have normally been replaced or retrofitted with new controllers. The cost to add USB to any machine from the machine tool builder can be very expensive and now can be done at a minimal cost. The USB to CNC device works with any CNC control on the market with a serial port and been tested with Haas, Fadal, Mazak, Hurco, Mitsubishi, Mori Seiki, Siemens, Okuma, and others.