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."