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October 01, 2020

Streamline your CNC router functionality with a Mitsubishi M80 Series control platform

By scribe


CNC routers offer craftsmen tremendous benefits in the areas of efficiency and precision, but those advantages only go as far as your equipment and your knowledge of it will allow. Despite its contributions to performance and production, a CNC router is still a highly technical piece of information that can be prone to a considerable learning curve.

Thankfully, the usability of CNC routers is streamlined and simplified through the use of Mitsubishi’s M80 Series control platform. Here are several key ways an M80 control can optimize your CNC work.

Note: The M80 Series is part of Mitsubishi’s greater M8 Series that includes several other controls. This piece will focus on the M80 Series controller and its auxiliary and peripheral devices.

User-friendly touchscreen interface

In the context of operation, the M80 control platform is mounted directly to the back of the CNC machine’s display and features an intuitive touchscreen. This interface is easy to use and offers functionality similar to what many of us have come to expect from smartphones and tablets.

The touchscreen makes it easy to scroll through softkeys and part programs, relocate popup windows, zoom in and out of part renderings, and more. The M80 also offers the option to turn off touchscreen functionality if hard keys are more your speed.

Easy-access memory ports

The M80 platform also has an SD card and USB ports directly on the front of the controller, making it easier to instantly download part programs and parameters to the machine. This also provides the option to drip-feed or network control to the server in order to load programs.

Fiber-optic servo communication

Another key component of the Mitsubishi M80 Series control is fiber-optic communication to all servo amplifiers and motors – all of which are category 3 safety rated.

The motors are all high-speed, running at 3,000, 4,000, or 5,000 RPM. There is also an encased glass encoder mounted to the motor – a 1 million pulse-per-revolution absolute encoder (4 million or 16 million pulses per revolution encoders are also available).

All servo amplifiers are “intelligent” servos, meaning the control is constantly relaying commands to the servo amplifiers telling them where and how to move. The servo amplifiers then position themselves and send confirmation to the control that they’ve done their job and that it’s time to move on to the next step.

Absolute positioning

There are many custom parts available for the M80, including a keyboard, machine operators panel, and batteries for amplifiers to achieve absolute positioning.

Absolute positioning ensures that when you power off your machine at the end of the day and power it back on in the morning, the amplifiers and control will know and pick up exactly where you left off – with no home routine required.

Within the M80 control, you can set up all your tool offsets either for all tools in your magazine or on an individual basis.

Bidirectional pitch error compensation

The Mitsubishi M80 Series control platform also offers bidirectional pitch error compensation, meaning it can compensate for any discrepancies within the ball screws on the machine by pitch error comping in both directions.

Streamline your CNC work with ShopSabre and Mitsubishi

ShopSabre and Mitsubishi have joined forces to make your CNC work easier and more productive. The M80 Series control is featured on ShopSabre’s IS-M Series CNC routers, which utilizes our own custom frontend to improve user-friendliness and a minimized learning curve for our customers. The M80 is an exceptional tool for achieving increased accuracy, efficiency, and throughput.

ShopSabre’s world-leading CNC machines provide precision, efficiency, and total versatility to help aspiring hobbyists and full-time commercial shop owners alike produce truly outstanding results with a fraction of the labor.

Here are a few of the primary reasons ShopSabre is able to develop and produce such revolutionary technology:

  1. Experienced in-house engineering talent
  2. The ability to totally fabricate and test designs onsite
  3. The ability to place the designs into production in-house

These are just a few of the advantages of being an American machine tool manufacturer. Shop our unmatched collection of CNC routers and CNC plasmas in Minneapolis today to experience the way CNC was meant to be.

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