I have just purchased an older Mazak laser to support our product line. We currently have several other Mazaks (HMC's, VMC,s as well as turning). They are all equipped with Mazatrol controls, which we absolutely LOVE! The old laser we picked up has an L1 control on it.
My question is, will the control system on the laser be similar in use to the other Mazatrol controllers we are using? I guess what I am asking is, will it be a cam based programming system? Please keep in mind that i know NOTHING about laser cutting!
......as an afterthought; In the event it is not going to be as simple as my other Mazaks what programming software will I need. We have SolidWorks and MasterCam-10......if that helps?
The L1 is the first Mazak/Panasonic controller after the Fanuc period.
It has lower input units then Mazatrol or L32 controls >Metric 0.01 instead of 0.001
Graphics is pour.
Programming can be done in the same way that you are used to.
You need a postprocessor for correct M codes and subroutine's of course.
The first thing you should do when starting up is saving all machine parameters! (NC/PC)
If you need help let me know.