FlexCNC Daily Maintenance Tips

The machines you use to run your business must be kept in good working condition. Failure to do so could end up costing you in the long run. Here are a few daily maintenance tips to help you keep your FlexCNC in tip-top condition.

Check Oil Concentration 

At the beginning of each shift or whenever you top off your coolant tank, you want to check the oil concentration in your coolant. If your coolant is too lean, you will have problems with rust on the machine bed and parts, and it can also result in shorter tool life. If it’s too thick, you will have issues with the coolant nozzles’ flow.

Wipe Down Light Curtains or Proximity Scanners 

With a towel and mild cleaner, wipe down the light curtains and proximity scanners. Doing so will prevent unwanted alarm triggers throughout the shift. 

Check HMI Track 

Check your HMI track for chips and debris. Keeping it clear will ensure that the bearings will have a long extended life.

Take the Tool Out of the Spindle

At the end of the shift, take the tool out of the spindle. This prevents the tool from getting stuck in the spindle overnight. It’s also best practice to spray your spindle with a light oil such as WD-40.

Hit E-Stop Before Shutting Down Machine 

Before shutting down the machine, be sure to hit the E-stop button first. Then you can go ahead and exit out of your operating systems. Next, you go to the start menu and select shut down. While the control is shutting down, the light on the monitor will be blue. Wait until the light turns red; this could take a few minutes. Once the light has turned red, you are safe to shut off the external power to your machine.

If you have any questions about the FlexCNC, please contact us today. 

 

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Standard Features

  • Hand Pendant
  • 22″ Touch Screen Monitor
  • Omron FlexCNC Controller
  • Mobile Control Panel
  • Through Spindle Coolant 
  • Auto Tool Changer 
  • Flood Coolant
HP
Max RPM
FT/LBS
Series

18

4000

92

C-20-02 / C-10-02

18

6000

61

C-20-02 / C-10-02

33

12000

61

CM-20-02

Auto Stand-Off – This is currently defined to be surface stand-off and not to be confused with vector stand-off in 5-axis mode. The current auto stand-off is based on a changing surface and will adjust vertically based on the angle of the “A” Axis, so there is five (5) axis taken into account during the calculations, but this is not the same as the tool vector stand-off. There is the ability to do the vector stand-off change while the machine is running manually with buttons on the screen.

Z-Reader Probe – The Z-Reader is a device for mapping the location of the surface. It can be controlled manually & programmatically. The option is NOT active while cutting & is retracted out of harm’s way. It can be triggered to verify the surface at every pierce before the cutting process starts, or it could be used to drive surface mapping of the whole part before cutting starts. It begins with initialization or zeroing of the device to the surface at the beginning of a program and then accumulates or tracks the difference from that zeroing effort.

Automatic Edge Finder – The edge finder is or can be utilized manually (Jogging Method & Screen Buttons), programmatically (M & G codes), or fully automatic routine (dedicated program). This option sets offsets & program rotation to match the orientation & location on the cutting table.

AC Unit Installed on Electrical Cabinet – The unit is mounted on the cabinet’s High Power (480v) side. It is close to the location where the drives are mounted. This option keeps the cabinet temperature stable and allows heat dissipation faster. The servo drives for all axes are the most significant contributors to heat inside the electrical cabinet.

5-Axis Renishaw CalibrationThe calibration unit is a Renishaw model APCA45 with a modified spherical stylus. The device has a retractable cover and air purge to clear debris & dust during the activation process. It mounts to a swing arm controlled by a pneumatic rotary, so it is out of the way during regular operation and swings into the calibration position for calibration only. 

HP
Max RPM
FT/LBS
Series

18

4000

92

G-20-06 / G-10-06

18

6000

61

G-20-06 / -10-06

40

4000

217

GM-20-06 / G-20-06 / G-10-06

40

6000

145

G-20-06 / G-20-06 / G-10-06