Why Make Your CNC Machines Wireless?
Specifications and standards drawbacks
The RS-232 standard was first introduced
in 1962 and in over 40
years it has not changed much while the electronics industry has changed
immensely. Because of this, we are able to blend the technologies to
offer you a solid alternative. Here is a partial list of reasons to
Please view our FAQ page for more information.
Maximum cable lengths
The RS232 standards limit you to a maximum cable length of 50 feet. The
faster the communication the shorter the cable should be.
When you go wireless, your cable length is virtually unlimited because for all practical puposes...there is no cable.
we cannot increase the maximum speed at which the machine can
communicate. We can run it at the maximum speed allowable by the
control. The wireless CNC devices communicate using standard 802.11 which runs at
a maximum speed of 11
Mbps and typically runs at 2-3 Mbps (million bits per second).
In addition, 802.11 will error correct and retry until the data is clean.
Because the transfer rate is so much faster than RS-232, should an error occur, the
machine would not even know it.
is not capable of finding all errors.
have found that in today's manufacturing environment there are often
times when noise is introduced into the cable runs causing errors
in the transmission. Serial communications will not error correct
and resend the data. The machine simply stops communications or
converts the erroneous data to something else causing the machine to do
something you had not intended.
When using wireless CNC devices, the RS-232 cable is no more than 3 feet,
greatly reducing the possibility of interference. With the added ability of error correction
a wireless systems is virtually rock solid.
to cable or re cable.
When you add a machine to your production floor, reconfigure production
cells, relocate machines you must re-cable.
When you convert your machines to wireless all it takes is some minor reconfiguration of the
DNC system software.
more floppies, flash drives, or memory cards
more computers on rolling carts
more switch boxes
more paper tapes
- Wireless CNC devices work with most DNC software and DNC systems.
- It's more than just a cable replacement for your DNC system.
It gives you the base needed to move into Machine Tool Monitoring, job tracking, part tracking, tool management and personnel status.
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