Pictured here is David M. deCaussin standing next to our first control before it ships out to one of our distributors.
Actually this is the third system. The first two were installed on our Fadal's in Montana and California. This is our forth hardware revision since the first prototype. Today's Beta system is quite mature, considering we have been internally testing the control hardware and software for the last couple of years. Rather than rush to market, (like Fadal did with the 104D Control) we have maintained a solid development program.
The key to a proper Beta program is preparation. Back in the old days, with the introduction of the Legacy control, we successfully introduced many new hardware and software features without problems by carefully managing the implementation and quickly responding to any unforeseen problems.
Given our control experience and combined engineering talent, with the NXGEN CNC Beta program, we are not only determined but able to ensure an equally smooth introduction. What also makes this introduction exciting, unlike before, the new technology available today is phenomenal in what is now possible!
For example, now with the feature rich Windows 7 platform and using a web based software such as TeamViewer allows us to virtually stand right in front of your NXGEN control and operate it! This a tremendous customer support benefit for Training, Diagnostics and even provides remote software update capability, instantly over the internet, without any intervention!
Before Retrofit Pictures - The Legacy Control
To give you an idea how clean and simple the retrofit is, we are showing Before/After shots of an installation. Above is a picture of a 1997 Fadal VMC 4020 with the Legacy system before conversion.
For ease of service, notice that we have maintained the same Card Cage design with the NXGEN control. Additionally, instead of having 11 cards in the Card Cage, we’ve reduced the count in the new control to simply 3 boards; a CPU board, a IO board and a Motion Control board. This greatly increases the MTBF and we did it by not giving up performance, in fact we are showing a ten-fold performance improvement, across the board!
With the NXGEN, just like the Legacy, it is very easy to service by simply removing only what is needed and not disturbing the other system components. The open access Card Cage design is one of the best and longest enduring design. Some designers think "Closed Access" is the best design. It is simply not true with today's technology.
Beware! There are some inferior CNCs (Siemans and Syntec) that use the old “closed box” design, usually packed into a pendant. This design requires that the entire control system to be removed and returned for factory service or they must replace your whole system with a “used box”. The worse scenario is to fix your original problem but get a different problem in the process, not very practical for your CNC equipment. Closed box design is 1990's technology.
We understand the "New Fadal" is using the Syntec Control that is made in Taiwan.