As another person that does convertion of machins to PC based system I agree alot with what Al said. The bigest problem with an off the shelf system is every machine is a little different. Plus in the middle customers al most allway what a few things changed to have the machine work better for them in there aplication.
For example Delta Tau has NC software that has most of what is needed for a Lathe or Mill convertion but there is still set that has to be done. You have to set it up to work with the drives and motors. Set up all the I/O. And write a little code to make every thing work together.
I disagree with this there are good PC-Based controler cards out there. I would use aDelta Tau. Sound like Al would most likly use a Acroloop and Galil. They are just not plug and play there is a little work need to make work with different machines.Originally Posted by NC Cams