Frequently Asked Questions
What is a CNC Station?
The CNC Station is a shop hardened device used for
downloading, uploading, and editing part programs to NC/CNC controls using a standard MS
Dos floppy disk. It has a full sized QWERTY alphanumeric keyboard, an 8 line x 40
character display, powerful text editing functions, a robust multi-tasking operating
system, and an intuitive set of menu driven commands.
Will the CNC Station work on older NC/CNC controls?
The CNC Station will work on virtually any control that has
an active BTR (Behind Tape Reader) or serial port. With over two decades of experience
under our belt, Greco's team of engineers have designed application interfaces to almost
every imaginable control in the industry today.
What is the difference between a CNC Station and a
Pass-Thru CNC Station?
A CNC Station is equipped with a 1.44 MB 3.5" floppy
disk drive. A Pass-Thru CNC Station does not have a floppy disk drive.
What is the maximum S-RAM capacity on a CNC
A CNC Station has storage capacities of 128K to 4 MB.
Is a hard drive available on the CNC Station?
No, only floppy disk or S-RAM. However, with a GrecoNet
connection, a PC computer with a hard drive can act as a file server.
What type of data can the CNC Station accept?
The CNC Station can communicate in ASCII, Binary, EIA/ASCII
What type of keyboard is on the CNC Station?
An industrial, sealed 58 alphanumeric keyboard with tactile
feed back plus 6 function keys (F1-F6).
What is the weight of the CNC Station?
The unit weighs 8 pounds in the diskless version and 10 lbs
in the disk version with maximum configuration.
When would I use a "Pass Thru" CNC
CNC Station is an effective unit for re-direct, part
programs on a DNC network. The parallel pass-through station serves the same purpose and
acts as a BTR device as well.
Can the CNC Station be used for editing part
Yes, the unit is equipped with a full alpha/numeric
keyboard and an 8 line, 40 character display. It also has built-in editing software,
allowing global searches and changes. It is menu-driven from the function keys like on a
PC keyboard, allowing ease of operation.
Will the CNC Station give me CNC capability on an
NC machine tool control?
Yes, the unit eliminates tape readers and allows CNC
capabilities such as editing, off-line storage and part program display through the LCD
Can the CNC Station be used as a BTR?
Yes, the parallel CNC station can eliminate paper tape
readers and punch units by connecting where the tape unit was connected.
Can the CNC Station be used as a Remote Terminal?
Yes, a PASS-through CNC Station can be used in a network to
upload/download programs from the network as well as redirect any file that is on the
network with Greco System's WinDNC software.