Remove Old Components
Remove the old control, motors, and associated components (drives, cables, etc...)
MachMotion Tip: Use Support
Some control manufacturers only offer controls for limited machine types. If you have multiple machine types, consider using a control provider than can be a single source provider. Less training, less expense.
Look at the control settings before you start changing them. For MachMotion controls, we've pre-configured many of the settings to work for the most common applications.
A retrofit goes a lot better when you have the right skills and knowledge available. Basic electrical (know how to use a multi-meter?) and machining knowledge (to make motor adapter plates) may be required.
As good as the instructions may be, it should always be okay to reach out to the support team. MachMotion offers lifetime support to control buyers and encourages you to contact our US-based team, who is ready to assist.
MACHINE TOOL RETROFIT
Here are 5 general steps to retrofit your existing CNC machine tool.
Each machine can be a bit different, so be sure to get a complete retrofit kit.
Mount Motors and ControlMount the new motors (adapter plates may be necessary) and control on the machine.
Connect Cables and I/O
Run the motor cables and connect machine inputs and outputs (limit switches, spindle motor, etc...).
Machine Setup/CalibrationTurn on the machine, test I/O, and calibrate the axes.
Make Parts!Setup tools and your ready to make chips!
MachMotion Tip: More Than One Machine Type?
MachMotion Tip: Be Prepared
MachMotion Tip: Use the Default Settings