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    Emco Compact 5 CNC tool changer

    Hi folks. I've just picked up a Compact 5 CNC that runs Mach 3 from a tethered laptop. Has anyone gotten the tool turret to work using this configuration? I was told "you can write a macro", but that is not my forte.

    Thanks!

    Chris

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    Re: Emco Compact 5 CNC tool changer

    An Automatic tool changer or ATC is used in computerized numerical control (CNC) machine tools to improve the production and tool carrying capacity of the machine. ATC changes the tool very quickly, reducing the non-productive time. Generally, it is used to improve the capacity of the machine to work with a number of tools. It is also used to change worn out or broken tools. It is one more step towards complete automation.
    Simple CNC machines work with a single tool. Turrets can work with a large number of tools. But if even more tools are required, then ATC is provided. The tools are stored on a magazine. It allows the machine to work with a large number of tools without an operator. The main parts of an automatic tool changer are the base, the gripper arm, the tool holder, the support arm and tool magazines.
    Although the ATC increases the reliability, speed and accuracy, it creates more challenges compared to manual tool change, for example the tooling used must be easy to centre, be easy for the changer to grab and there should be a simple way to provide the tool's self-disengagement. Tools used in ATC are secured in toolholders specially designed for this purpose.

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    Re: Emco Compact 5 CNC tool changer

    Hi Chris, any luck getting the turret to work?

    Kevin

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