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Controller transplant saves machining centre

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article image Roy Milan with his Kasuga machining centre.

ROY Milan of JAR Engineering faced the prospect of scrapping his Kasuga machining centre while the core of the CNC machine was still fully functional.

His problem: the Kasuga controller was "old and slow -- a case of a still young body under the direction of an old, slow brain" according to Mr Milan.

But scrapping the machine and buying a new system would have involved a large capital investment. Instead, JAR Engineering contacted H&H Australia and investigated the possibility of a controller transplant.

The result: JAR’s Kasuga is now working at double the previous feed rate.

Mr Milan said the system has previously operated in a jerky, stop, start motion.

“The new Fidia controller provides a continuous smooth movement and reads at a very high rate of knots. We are frequently recording savings of $500 a day or higher -- savings that will rapidly pay out the upgrade cost."

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