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MDSI Introduces Suite of New Products and Partnerships in Booth D-4232 at IMTS 2002!

A complete family of industrial automation products, new machine tools with MDSI's OpenCNC®, a fully networked booth, and more, as MDSI launches major global manufacturing and OEM strategy

CHICAGO—Manufacturing Data Systems, Inc. (MDSI), the leader in software computer numerical control (CNC) and software motion technology, is showcasing its latest technology CNC software, automation products, and OEM partners who are introducing new machine tools and controls with MDSI's OpenCNC software, all in MDSI's Booth D-4232 at IMTS 2002, in Chicago, September 4-11.

At IMTS 2002, MDSI will have something for everyone in manufacturing who seeks to increase productivity, reduce operating and capital expenditures and increase product and process quality. Three new machine tools or retrofit controls will be introduced that have standardized with MDSI's OpenCNC control: an EDM 5-axis drilling machine, a BostoMatic® 5-axis mill, and a 4-axis horizontal machining center. All three machines will be cutting parts and demonstrating OpenCNC's high-performance robust control capabilities.

The booth will be fully networked to display the power of MDSI's family of open architecture software control, automation and factory information products—MDSI OpenCNC, MDSI WinMotion, and MDSI Factory Information System—which will run on a range of standard platforms and machine tools.

In the booth, MDSI will feature:

  • OpenCNC Version 6.2. MDSI continues to set new standards and benchmarks for performance, flexibility and choice for CNC controls. IMTS visitors seeking better control choices for high-speed or five-axis machining will see the new OpenCNC Version 6.2 in action and learn how OpenCNC's innovative software architecture results in higher cutting speeds and improved part quality—meeting the needs of manufacturers from the aircraft manufacturer to the job shop. MDSI will be demonstrating OpenCNC software on a wide range of PCs and servo systems while controlling a range of CNC machine tools in the booth.
  • OpenCNC for 5-axis Machining. High speed machining algorithms, expanded probing, RTCP—and customers reporting high quality surface finish and accuracy—find out why OpenCNC is a premier five-axis machine control. See OpenCNC running a 5-axis BostoMatic in the booth.
  • WinMotion® 2.0 software. Based on the high-performance open-architecture technology of MDSI's OpenCNC software, WinMotion is designed for the general motion control or specialty machine control needs found in every factory. Unlike other industrial automation suppliers, MDSI provides a common technology and machine control platform for CNC and specialty machine tools.
  • MDSI Factory Information System. Based on MDSI's patented real-time data collection and distribution technology – Significant Events™, MDSI is introducing the next generation factory floor information products for discrete manufacturers. Linking the machine tool to the supply chain with unprecedented levels of machine tool data, MDSI will demonstrate several new products and technologies to support the data and information requirements of Six Sigma and supply chain strategies.
  • MDSI Standard CNC Workstation Package. Open systems means choice. In order to provide manufacturers more choice in CNC machine tool control products, MDSI is introducing a standard CNC workstation. It is based upon an industry standard high performance NEMA 4/4X/12 industrial PC and 15” color flat panel touchscreen monitor and industry standard Yaskawa or Rexroth Indramat servo and spindle systems and a range of I/O systems. The new MDSI standard CNC Workstation offers customers the convenience of a turnkey control package while maintaining the choice, flexibility, and ease of upgrading of unbundled software.

Visitors to MDSI's booth will also see how MDSI is helping OEMs enter new markets with better solutions for their customers. Machine tool builders and control builders who will be demonstrating machines with OpenCNC at IMTS include:

  • Fryer Machine Systems, Inc. (Patterson, New York) will demonstrate the SX-30, the first model in what will be a series of four SX Series machines, a new line of high-performance five-axis machining centers. Location: Fryer Booth, A-8043.
  • G&W-Services, Inc. (Uxbridge, MA). Highly-regarded BostoMatic machines can now be back in production with a new OpenCNC retrofit control package. With a new 5-axis BostoMatic 305 in the MDSI booth, G&W-Services is introducing its line of 5-axis machining centers and BostoMatic CNC retrofit packages. Location: MDSI Booth, D-4232.
  • Raycon Corporation (Ann Arbor, Michigan) will demonstrate a new 5-axis machine tool and retrofit package for micro-hole drilling EDM (electrical discharge machinery) system for the automotive industry. Location: MDSI Booth, D-4232.
  • Telco Automation Ltd. (TAL) (Pune, India) and IIG (Orion, Michigan) will be demonstrating the TAL H50-3 high speed 4-axis horizontal machining center. Location: MDSI Booth, D-4232.

About MDSI

Manufacturing Data Systems, Inc. (MDSI) is a division of Hurco Companies, Inc. MDSI supplies Internet-enabled, open-architecture software motion control applications that increase manufacturing flexibility and enable agile manufacturing for the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and General Motion Control (GMC) markets. Unlike traditional hardware or proprietary-based CNC or motion controls, MDSI's solutions are unbundled from, and use no, proprietary hardware or motion control cards.

MDSI's foundation soft motion technology provides a common and open architecture control across a variety of machine tools? from two-axis lathes and grinders to five-axis machining centers tools to material handling systems.

MDSI's business strategy emphasizes technological and price/performance leadership, hardware independence and comprehensive customer-support. The company's customers, spanning many industries, include BAE Systems, Boeing, Briggs & Stratton, Caterpillar, Cessna Aircraft, Dana, Detroit Diesel, Emerson Electric, Flowserve, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, General Motors, Halliburton, Lockheed-Martin, Tecumseh Products Company, Teledyne, Textron, and Vickers. For more information, visit MDSI’s web site at http://www.mdsi2.com.

MDSI, the MDSI logo, OpenCNC, and WinMotion are registered trademarks of Manufacturing Data Systems, Inc. Significant Events, and MDSI Motion are trademarks of Manufacturing Data Systems, Inc. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.