New CNCs Take Cues from Intuitive Smartphone Era

CNC control systems continue to move toward touchscreen human-machine interfaces (HMI) that appear more like a smartphone, with leading control developers like FANUC joining other independent and proprietary control providers who are moving in this direction. While these new interfaces are considered more user friendly, especially to the younger generation, the shift isn’t all about window dressing. The systems come with substantial improvements that are said to speed programming. New interface or not, many of today’s control systems also offer more connectivity choices in the form of MTConnect or other protocols for easily connecting machine tools to the Web, making it possible to optimize programming decisions and production.