How to Retrofit Your CNC Machine

If you want to retrofit your CNC machine but don’t know where to even begin, then you have come to the right place.

With control technology being more advanced than ever before, there has never been a better time to make mechanical improvements to your CNC system.

Whether you want to achieve increased performance and quicker lead times, or you simply want to keep up to date with the latest innovations that are happening in CNC machine tools, read on to discover how you can retrofit your CNC machine in just a few simple steps.

What is CNC retrofitting?

CNC retrofitting is the process of either adding or replacing an existing CNC machine tool with more advanced technology. There are multiple ways that you can upgrade your CNC machine, such as replacing any obsolete components, updating the system, and even a complete rewiring.

Once your machine’s CNC retrofit is complete, you can enjoy a whole host of benefits, including enhanced performance, productivity, and capacity, without the need to buy a new plasma cutting machine.

What CNC machines can be retrofitted?

There is an extensive selection of CNC machines that can be retrofitted, so it is highly likely that your Plasma Cutting Machine can be upgraded in this way. Some of the different types of CNC machines that you can retrofit include:

  • CNC mills
  • CNC laser cutters
  • CNC lathes
  • CNC press brakes
  • CNC grinders

Each CNC retrofit can be tailored to suit the bespoke requirements of your machine.

How long does a CNC machine tool retrofit take?

A number of factors affect how long a CNC machine retrofit will take, such as the complexity of the machine itself and the scope of supply. That being said, most retrofits can be completed within 7 days if you use a professional and reputable service provider.

How much does a CNC machine retrofit cost?

Again, this is dependent on several different factors, such as what mechanical improvements you want and what type of CNC system you have. If you have a more complex machine, it will cost more for a retrofit than a basic CNC retrofit. Although, it is worth mentioning that a retrofit is always less than the cost of a new machine and any future repair costs.

If you would like to discover more about how much a CNC machine retrofit costs. It can be a good idea to seek out a company that offers complimentary, no-obligation quotes.

How to carry out a CNC retrofit?

If you are ready to retrofit your CNC machine, then all you must do is follow these simple steps; Create a plan.

Decide exactly what you want to do to your CNC machine, and think about what supplies you need to achieve this.

  • Remove old components

Remove any old components, such as an old CNC controller and motor. Make sure you put safety first and hire an electrician if you are not qualified to do this.

  • Mount the electrical enclosure

Once you have removed the old components, now you need to mount your new CNC electrical enclosure.

  • Mount the new motor

Next, mount the new motors and design and fabricate the new motor adapter plates.

  • Mount the new control

You are now ready to mount the new CNC machine controller and run the cables from the motors to the CNC electrical controller.

  • Connect the wiring

Finally, you need to connect all the wiring in the right locations on the panel.

  • Power on the machine

The only step left to do now is power on the machine and set up any relevant software.

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