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HEIDENHAIN Offers Popular TNC 640 Mill-Turn Control With New Touch Technology


The TNC 640, HEIDENHAIN's high performance mill-turn control, is popular
with users thanks to its workshop-oriented operational design. Now the
TNC 640 is, and will only be, available with groundbreaking touch
technology that supplements the TNC 640's field-proven cycles and
functions. It allows the user to operate the control screen with
gestures, similar to smartphones or tablets.

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HEIDENHAIN's TNC 640 Control Now With Touch Screen (Photo: Business Wire)

HEIDENHAIN's TNC 640 Control Now With Touch Screen (Photo: Business Wire)

With the new TNC 640 touch screen, the operator navigates quickly and
intuitively through long lists, programs, tables and other content by
what is known as kinetic scrolling. The kinetic scroll converts the
impulse of hand contact into a particular scrolling speed. A short, slow
swipe scrolls the screen over a few lines, while a long, fast swipe
scrolls it over many lines.

The user can stop dynamic scrolling at any time with a short tap. That
makes it possible to easily find an NC block, for example, or a tool in
long NC programs or tool tables.

The user moves the programming and 3-D test graphics directly on the
screen—dynamically, smoothly and without jerks. The desired graphic view
can be adjusted very conveniently by touch. The user can also use touch
gestures to zoom in for details and out again, as well as move or rotate

The minimum requirement for NC Software version is 340 59x-07 SP2. The
hardware enabling touch control are the MC8532 main computer and the BF
860 color flat-panel.

These units come without any hardware keys as they have been designed
for touch operation. The MC 8532 features A 19" touchscreen, an Intel
Core i7-7-3 processor with 1.7 GHz on SSDR and 4GB RAM memory. The BF
860 offers 4 USB ports. The TE 745 (FS) remains unchanged and does not
need to be upgraded with the hardware. In that way, the operation of the
TNC 640 remains familiar to existing TNC 640 users.

Finally, solutions packages "Connected Machining," "Dynamic Efficiency,"
and "Dynamic Precision" remain available and continue to expand.

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) will be held
September 10-15. HEIDENHAIN's main booth will be located at the Lakeside
Center (#135226). HEIDENHAIN will
also have a booth at the Student Summit (#215108),
allowing students to program on the new TNC 640 CNC with touchscreen
interface themselves; here, teachers and students will also get a first
look of the new online HIT HEIDENHAIN Interactive Training Software for
3- and 5-axis machine programming.


DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GmbH, headquartered in Traunreut, Germany,
develops and supports motion control feedback solutions for the machine
tool, semiconductor, electronics assembly and test, metrology,
automation, medical, energy, biotechnology and other global markets.
HEIDENHAIN employs approximately 6,000 people worldwide in its core
business activities. The North American subsidiary is HEIDENHAIN
CORPORATION, headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, and San Jose, CA, and has
been serving the U.S. industry for over 50 years.

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