CNC machines, over years of use, can gradually wear down and lead to bad parts being manufactured. The ballbar test, when appropriately set up, carefully monitors the location of sensors on the ballbar within a created XY plane. Once it has been set up, executing a circular interpolation allows the device to accurately record how smooth or rough the actual circle being ‘cut’ is. Comparing this to an imaginary ‘perfect’ circle, one can visually notice quite a few potential defects on the machine. Read More

Tags : Ballbar, Testing


The advent of the floppy disk was incredible. To be able to transfer data between computers and machines on a small square disk allowed for files to be shared without internet access. Fast forward to 2018 and there are very few places where you can find floppy disks. Even computers have eliminated the floppy drives, instead opting to go with the more efficient and spacious USB removable memory options. Read More

Tags : HAAS, USB, Floppy Disk, Retrofit Kit, Floppy to USB retrofit

MIV Series Spindle Drive

Overview of Series:

This month, we dive deeper into one of the AC spindle series we often work on that’s offered by Okuma – the MIV inverter spindle series. A configuration example for this series can be found below. This series offers a few different capacity variations, ranging anywhere from 1.0kW and going upwards of 45kW. A DC power supply is required, as shown below, to supply the MIV spindle unit with appropriate 300VDC and the 24VDC used for control. Read More

Unexpected facility disruptions and equipment failures are a major headache in this industry. When your equipment goes down, you lose money. Yes, We are dedicated to getting you back up and running. But we are also committed to helping your business remain up and running. Which is why we have gathered our top 5 ways you can reduce unexpected breakdowns. Read More