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Kasper Machine Company
When placing an order for new vertical and horizontal turning machines
to manufacture axle shafts in Detroit, DaimlerChrysler specified certain
conditions to the machine tool builder, Kasper Machine Company, Madison
- the machines must use SERCOS digital drives
- the machines must have a post-process gauging system added on
- the CNC user interface must be customizable
In order to meet those specifications, DaimlerChrysler also specified the only
CNC that could make it happen: OpenCNC® software from MDSI. Unlike traditional
CNC controls, OpenCNC requires no proprietary hardware or motion control cards.
Combining a soft CNC, soft PLC and HMI in one application, OpenCNC reduces
engineering costs and enables machine tool builders to bring products to market
faster, because it leverages standard software development tools and standard
At Kasper, a post-processor gauge system was added to each of the DaimlerChrysler
machines. With traditional, proprietary controls, adding the gauge would have
required a separate PC and a significant amount of separate, additional hardware.
Using OpenCNC's open architecture, all-software design, a post-processor gauge
system was added to each of the DaimlerChrysler machineson the same PC and
virtually no additional hardware. For the machine tool builder, the cost
savings were substantial.
The MDSI control also allowed DaimlerChrysler to have several custom features
added to the control user interface, such as additional operator help screens.
- Kasper Model Series 3000 4-axis horizontal turning center
- PROFIBUS I/O
- Running SERCOS in Velocity Mode
- Air gauging in GaugeMaster software integrated on same PC for in-process
Turning the bearing surface of an axle. Very high precision. Very high
surface finish requirement. Servo update rate is 2 ms (milliseconds).