Mill-Turn Control Adds Touch Technology

HEIDENHAIN’s TNC 640 mill-turn control is now available with touch technology that supplements its cycles and functions. It allows the user to operate the control screen with gestures, similar to smartphones or tablets. Operators can navigate quickly and intuitively through long lists, programs, tables and other content by what is known as kinetic scrolling. The kinetic scroll converts the impulse of hand contact into a particular scrolling speed. A short, slow swipe scrolls the screen over a few lines, while a long, fast swipe scrolls it over many lines.

 

Users can stop dynamic scrolling at any time with a short tap. That makes it possible to easily find an NC block, for example, or a tool in long NC programs or tool tables. The user moves the programming and 3-D test graphics directly on the screen—dynamically, smoothly and without jerks. The desired graphic view can be adjusted very conveniently by touch. The user can also use touch gestures to zoom in for details and out again, as well as move or rotate graphics.

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The minimum requirement for NC Software version is 340 59x-07 SP2. The hardware enabling touch control are the MC8532 main computer and the BF 860 color flat-panel. These units come without any hardware keys as they have been designed for touch operation. The MC 8532 features A 19” touchscreen, an Intel Core i7-7-3 processor with 1.7 GHz on SSDR and 4GB RAM memory. The BF 860 offers 4 USB ports. The TE 745 (FS) remains unchanged and does not to be upgraded with the hardware. In that way, the operation of the TNC 640 remains familiar to existing TNC 640 users. For more details, visit HEIDENHAIN.

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