NEW MILLPWR G2 Control is "Powerful Easy"
For 20 years, the name MILLPWR has been synonymous with easy, and now as a complement to the existing MILLPWR CNC control line, ACU-RITE is pleased to introduce the new MILLPWR G2 to the market. An innovative CNC designed for milling applications, the new G2 is being advertised as "Powerful Easy" since this long-awaited control promises to be the simplest and easiest-to-operate CNC milling control available today.
Extremely intuitive, programming on the MILLPWR G2 control is done via easy-to-understand plain-language user prompts and is accompanied by 3-D graphic "Help" forms that clearly describe each cycle step, creating an instinctive interface that maximizes efficiency and increases production. Using a simplified navigation system that eliminates multiple menu screens, the MILLPWR G2 has maintained the spirit of the original while improving on its wildly popular interface and functionality.
Continuing with many standard features, the MILLPWR G2 boasts a powerful set of tools that have been the backbone of MILLPWR's success for years, such as:
- DXF file conversion:
DXF files are converted into MPT (MILLPWR text). This is the file type MILLPWR G2 uses when programs are created. The conversion is done by loading the DXF file and MILLPWR G2 converts it. No external software is required and, unlike competitors, this is standard.
- Disconnecting quill drive:
The decision of whether to purchase a two- or three-axis control can be difficult as both systems have benefits. For example, when drilling very small holes in hardened material, an operator might prefer to manually control the Z-axis. Conversely when milling deep pockets with multiple passes, having a controlled Z saves tremendous amounts of valuable production time. With the MILLPWR G2, you can have both on one machine using the disconnecting quill drive. The disconnect is a standard feature on the three-axis MILLPWR G2 and is done by simply releasing a knob on the front of the quill drive. A micro switch tells the control that the Z-axis is disconnected, and MILLPWR G2 changes to two-axis mode. When three-axis mode is required, the user can just re-engage and away you go. Like everything else that MILLPWR does, it is just plain "Powerful Easy". Again, this feature is standard with the three-axis.
Additionally, the MILLPWR G2 offers new features like USB, networking (server based and peer-peer), solid model graphics and a 12.1" high-resolution display (1024 x 768). As mentioned, ACU-RITE has made these as well as many more features standard! And built on the proven reliability of HEIDENHAIN's NC Kernel platform, the MILLPWR G2 boasts 1 GHz processor and 2.5 GB of user storage.
Also, it is important to note that ACU-RITE designs and builds its own hardware kits. This provides a unique benefit over our competitors in that the ACU-RITE MILLPWR system kits are engineered to fit in the USA. MILLPWR does not rely on a universal kit to fit a multitude of machines; instead kits are specific to knee mill make and model. Knee mill kits are offered in a multitude of configurations, with more being developed as machines change and new machines are introduced to the marketplace.
Last but not least, MILLPWR G2 offers free offline software (dongle required) that simulates the machine experience and allows the creation of programs that can then be run on the MILLPWR G2.