Is Retrofitting a Good Option

Mori-Seiki SL3

Mori-Seiki SL3

That’s a good question. Many don’t begin to consider this question until it’s too late and a machine is down. If you take a moment now and consider,

  • Are you spending time and money on rework or trashing parts that are out of tolerance?
  • Do control maintenance costs keep increasing?
  • Has downtime become the norm?
  • Is your control not keeping up with your programming needs?

What if you could replace an outdated, under-performing control and make more money? The Mori-Seiki above was from the 70’s and had a tape reader. Working or not, this machine got a huge upgrade. There are many benefits to retrofitting a good machine:

  • Increased up-time
  • New, modern control – no part file memory problems and virtual tool-path display
  • Increased material removal rates with “high-speed capable control” (high speed machining capability)
  • Faster feed rates, no hesitations
  • Faster parts – up to 70% decrease in cycle times if programmed with iMachining
  • Extended tool life
  • Update-able control software

MachMotion can do this and more. We are a control solutions provider, a one-stop total solution for control engineering and on-going support. We offer free, lifetime remote login support and all sales and support are based in the U.S.

Our priority is you. We want to be your partner in business. Browse the control kits we offer or contact us today to get a retrofit solution for your machine.

CNC Plasma/Oxy Fuel Retrofit Leader

When your CNC plasma control is starting to hold business back, it’s time to replace it. What’s great about MachMotion’s 1150P Plasma/Oxy Fuel control is that you get all the standard features that you would expect from a modern CNC control, but at much more affordable price than the “big guys.” We can get that machine running again quickly with a new, modern control solution. We offer on-site installation services or work with a knowledgeable integrator to get the control system replaced quickly.

Find out more information about how MachMotion could be your CNC plasma/oxy fuel retrofit solution at http://machmotion.com/news/cnc-plasma-retrofit-solution.html.

Community Building

Dang, indeed. What community are we investing in?

My phone is such a convenient escape. Have you ever been the first to arrive at a restaurant? What’s the first thing you do while sitting along? I pull out my phone. When my wife gets up to use the restroom, I pull out my phone. I don’t like being alone. My phone is an easy connection to “community.” How valuable of a community is it? Is it worth investing in? And if so, how much?

Milestones

birthday-cupcakeToday is my birthday. The big 3 – 0. I don’t feel particularly different but 30 seems like a big deal for many people. So, I’m hoping to pause at the this milestone year and reflect a little bit; where I’ve been and where I’m going.

I question whether it’s worth all the effort, though. Goals I made at 20 were a wash, except that I did marry my beautiful wife. She made the last ten years worth it.

In 10 years, where do I want to be professionally? Financially? As a husband and father? In 10 years, my daughter will be getting ready to turn 16. How big does my gun collection need to be? These are serious questions that I hope to answer during the year of 30.

What kind of big, decade goals do you have?

What sparks creativity?

*I’ve had this as a draft for a while. So “yesterday” is over a year ago.

Yesterday morning I read an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Tactics to Spark Creativity.” It was enlightening to read what sparks other people to think outside the box. I thought I’d share what works for me and a few things that the WSJ highlighted.

Stepping Away

View from my deck.

Looking up from my deck.

To get me thinking, I usually have to step away from my normal environment. While at the office, that usually means stepping out, playing with machine, grab a cup of coffee, or step outside. At home, I sit outside on my deck when the weather allows.

Whiskey and Radiohead?

Several recent studies suggest that the best route to an “aha moment” involves stepping away from the grindstone—whether it’s taking a daydream break, belting back a drink or two or simply gazing at something green.

One advertising executive developed the e*trade talking baby ads staying up late, sipping whiskey and listening to Radiohead. Sounds relaxing to me.

What sparks your creativity?