Station ™ -- Shop Hardened NC/CNC Workstation
Greco Systems’ CNC
Station is a versatile NC/CNC part program management system and DNC
Network terminal that combines the superior productivity features of the CNC Minifile
(Greco Box), and product enhancements into one
compact ruggedized workstation designed specifically for use in harsh shop
environments requiring DNC Software communications.
Upgrade Machine Tool Capabilities
The CNC Station protects substantial
investments in existing equipment by maximizing the operating efficiency of
the machine tool control. Limited capabilities on older controls are greatly
improved by increasing part program storage and adding part program editing
functions. Frequently executed part program macros and subroutines can be
permanently stored to be used over and over again saving valuable time.
Using the CNC Station on controls with DNC capabilities, lengthy part
programs that otherwise might exceed the control’s memory can be loaded in
real time, block by block. Programs can be stored and executed from up to
4MB of battery protected SRAM (non-volatile RamDisk) or a standard 3.5" PC
floppy disk. This user selectable capability makes the CNC Station the
perfect fit for all part programs regardless of the length of the program.
The CNC Station’s powerful capabilities allow
part programs to be manually created or edited directly at the machine tool
control. The user can easily perform edit functions while the program text
is displayed on the CNC Station or on a CRT Terminal. The multi-tasking
operations of the CNC Station provide the capabilities to transfer a part
program to the control while editing a second program, and at the same time,
receive a program over the network. The multi-tasking feature of the CNC
Station enables the user to perform several tasks simultaneously, thus
increasing the productivity of the job shop while maximizing machine tool
The CNC Station is (optionally) an integral part of the GrecoNet DNC network and is the perfect interface to transfer
programs from CAD/CAM systems to the machine tool. The operator can select part programs
at the CNC Station and direct them to the appropriate control. Utilizing the multi-tasking
feature, part program distribution takes place independently of Network Management,
CAD/CAM programming and other computer functions to ensure machine "up time"
resulting in increased productivity and efficiency.
Machine Control Interface
The CNC Station interfaces to virtually any (see our Control Chart)
NC/CNC control utilizing pre-programmed communication protocols and the
industry’s largest variety of interface applications. The CNC Station is
plug compatible with virtually all punched tape readers, cassette tape units
and other part program storage devices, so upgrading NC/CNC controls with
advanced manufacturing technology is easy.
Proven Reliability and Support
The CNC Station is built upon Greco Systems solid
reputation for providing reliable productivity solutions to the machine tool industry. Our
Customer Support Staff provides technical
assistance both during and after product installation to ensure maximum performance with
minimal interruptions in production time.