Acu-Rite debuts TURNPWR control to program operations at machine

The new TURNPWR 12.1” high-resolution display boasts a screen layout that is clearly arranged and user-friendly. (Courtesy: Acu-Rite)

Offering lathe machinists a new, easy-to-use turning control with state-of-the-art features as standard, Heidenhain presents the Acu-Rite brand TURNPWR control. The new TURNPWR control is a workshop-oriented turning control that enables the user to program conventional machining operations right at the machine in an easy-to-use conversational programming language. It is designed for turning machine tools with up to two axes.

TURNPWR was developed to satisfy the needs of lathe machinists where manual and automated operation are both useful and needed. TURNPWR promises to enable the user to maximize throughput by significantly reducing set-up time, scrap, and other non-productive operations, thereby increasing efficiency, productivity and profitability.

The Acu-Rite conversational programming format for controls is a user-friendly method of writing part programs and included in the TURNPWR, however G-code (ISO) programming can also be used. Basic editing of G-code programs is also possible.

On the new TURNPWR, a 12.1” high-resolution display boasts a screen layout that is clearly arranged and user-friendly. Preview graphics in the editor illustrate the individual machining steps for programming the contour as well as corresponding tool path generated using only dimensions pulled from a production drawing. It also accepts DXF files. TURNPWR is a closed-loop system with positioning feedback provided by rotary encoders inside the motor assemblies. When fitted with the (optional) Acu-Rite precision glass scales (1 µm/0.00005” resolution), TURNPWR also includes Position-Trac™, an advanced feature that enables the user to easily, quickly, and accurately re-establish work piece zero after shutting down or power loss.

Acu-Rite is a brand of Heidenhain consisting of digital readouts, linear scales and controls. Acu-Rite DROs and controls are manufactured in the U.S.