This section provides an overview for numerical controls (nc) as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 12 numerical control (nc) manufacturers and their company rankings. Here are the top-ranked numerical control (nc) companies as of November, 2023: 1.FANUC.
NC is a machine tool with numerical control. NC is an acronym for "numerical control."
It is a device that performs machining while controlling the path of the tool and the movement of the machine tool with respect to the workpiece (workpiece) using numerical information (program).
This technology was developed in the United States in the 1950s and later introduced to Japan.
Not only does it automate manual operation based on the intuition and experience of conventional operators, but it also enables highly accurate machining in a short time.
NCs are used in the manufacture of almost all precision parts that require cutting.
NCs specify the path of tool movement and the order of work by means of a control program called an "NC program." In other words, this program controls the order in which many tools are used and the cutting operations required for each process.
In some cases, the NC program is input by the operator of the machine, and in other cases, it is created by a computer application (CAM).
Specifically, the movement of the cutting edge of a tool such as a drill is set on the coordinate axes, and a device called a servomotor moves the tool based on this information to create the specified shape.
This method is also known as CNC (computerized NC) and is currently the mainstream NC device.
In the operation of NCs, the tool path, spindle speed, machining conditions, etc., are set by the NC program. These commands are sent to the servomechanism that controls the entire machine movement. The servo mechanism then selects the necessary tools and moves the workpiece-fixing table to cut the specified shape.
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Indiana Automation, Inc., established in 2002 in Indiana, USA, is manufacturer and supplier of services in the field of automation as well as Automation Systems Integrator, providing CNC Retrofits, Vision Systems, Robotic Loading systems, and general PLC-based control systems. The company offers engineering solutions, that are efficient and long-term sustainable, particularly in services like Machine Tool CNC Retrofits, Robotics, and Industrial Automation. It serves clients across different sectors, including industrial, industrial automation, and mechanical engineering, and is a robot supplier in Indianapolis.
CGTech., founded in Irvine, CA United States in 1988, is a supplier of numerical control (NC/CNC) simulation, verification, optimization, and analysis software technology for manufacturing. The company's products are used for simulating CNC machining to detect errors, potential collisions, or areas of inefficiency. The company also offers machine-independent off-line programming and simulation software for automated fiber-placement CNC machines. It serves markets such as companies of all sizes, universities and trade schools, and government agencies.
Brighton NC, Inc., founded in Brighton, MI, United States in 1965, is a supplier of complete material management, machining, grinding, warehousing, and distribution. The company provides procurement of castings, forgings, and other raw materials and design and build machining and assembly fixtures in-house. It has a 3000 sq ft temperature and humidity-controlled quality lab with the equipment for Milling - up to 84", Turning - up to 45" diameter and 18' between centers, and Thread Forming.
Automated Solutions, Inc., founded in Waynesboro, VA, United States is a supplier of CAD, CAM & DNC programming solutions. The company provides programming services for CNC machines, training programs, and ongoing technical support of CAD, CAM, and DNC software, DNC software solutions to facilitate the seamless transfer of CNC program files between computers and CNC machines and Tech-CAD Solutions that can be customized to meet the specific needs of individual manufacturers.
Controlink Systems LLC, founded in 1998 in the United States, is a product-based engineering software company. The company specializes in machining, shop-floor automation, vibration analysis, and product testing. It provides software solutions to monitor and control "real-time" machining and develops DNC software, Ethernet, and wireless hardware solutions for any CNC machine shop. The company has been a partner of National Instruments for 23 years and has a small team of 3 to 5 employees.
Predator Software Inc. was started in 1994 and is based in Portland, Oregon, is a manufacturer and supplier of shop floor control systems and software applications for various manufacturing companies. The company provides CNC networking, machine monitoring, OEE, production data management, and, data collection, as well as machine simulation & verification, tool & gage crib management, traveler management, flexible manufacturing systems, and robotic cell control software for Industrial Goods and Manufacturing market segments. They also offer services including software development, implementation & integration, consulting & conversion, business intelligence, and shopfloor automation along with necessary training & technical support.
FANUC Corporation, established in 1972 and headquartered in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, is a manufacturer of factory automation, robomachine, IoT, and robotics. The company offers an extensive and diversified product portfolio including, servomotor, robodrill small cutting machine, roboshot electric injection molding machine, robocut wire electrical discharge machine, and lasers. These cutting-edge products cater to a wide range of industries, spanning from automotive, health care, and aerospace to electronics. The aim of the company is to provide efficient and low-cost products to customers.
OneCNC LLC, established in 1983 and located in Queensland, Australia, is a designer and manufacturer of machining products. The company's products include solid design, wire EDM, profiler, mill, and lathe that are produced using computer-aided design(CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). Also, the company's products are designed with a user-friendly interface, making them suitable for aerospace, medical, automotive, and general manufacturing applications. The company also offers training, technical support, and customer services.
MAKINO INC., founded in 1981 and based in Mason, Ohio, USA, is a manufacturer and supplier of machining solutions. They offer a wide range of products, including horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, machining centers, graphite machining centers, and wire and sinker EDMs. These machining solutions enable precise and efficient metal cutting and shaping processes, catering to diverse industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, and die/mold manufacturing, for increased productivity and quality production of industrial products such as bolts, sheet metals, and more.
ICAM Technologies Corporation., founded in Canada in 1971 is a supplier of adaptive post-processing for machine simulation. The company specializes in advanced Adaptive Post-Processing solutions supporting all major CAD/CAM systems (CATIA, Mastercam, NX, and creo), CNC controllers, and machine tools ranging from 3-axis mills to sophisticated 5-axis mills and mill-turns. It also provides consultancy services to perform detailed analyses focusing on the integration of specific CAD / CAM output files with each respective CNC machine tool.
SOUTHLAND CNC., founded in Cornelia, United States is a supplier of a wide range of precision machined components parts. The company has a production facility with CNC machines including, 9 CNC vertical mills, milling machining envelope and CNC turning capacity with 10" diameter and 20" long, finishing equipment, inspection equipment, and shop floor control software. Its tool room has the capabilities of an Automatic Reid surface grinder 8X24, heat treat capabilities, and a harig CNC EZ SURF surface grinder.