OXNARD, CA – Haas Automation’s Next Generation Control (NGC) is the latest update to the machine tool industry’s most user-friendly CNC control. The NGC has a significantly improved user interface, featuring a more consistent and intuitive navigation experience, vastly improved connectivity, and an all-new Visual Programming System.
The Haas NGC is faster, smarter, and looks a lot sharper, but we made sure that the operator’s ease-of-use was the driver behind all of these new enhancements. Years of development have gone into designing the best control hardware and software in the industry. The latest generation of Haas VMCs pack even more innovation into what was already the industry’s greatest overall CNC control.
To ensure smooth, precise motion control, Haas VMCs use state-of-the-art digital servomotors and high-resolution encoders on all axes. Combined with significant advancements in software and motor-control, these yield better surface-finish performance than ever before.
A Seamless Transition to the Next Generation… The layout and screens of the Next Generation Control are very similar to the past Haas controls, but are better-organized and easier to read, with updated colors and enhanced graphics. All of this makes the NGC the platform for future innovation of Haas machine tools.
Operation and Navigation has been vastly simplified in the NGC, with consistent functionality of the cursor keys and intuitive icons throughout the user experience, making the transition from the previous generation control seamless.
Haas Connect… The Next Generation Control has the ability to send you, and others you designate, Email and SMS text notifications about the operating status of your Haas machine. Set up is simple and easy through the MyHaas Portal and HaasCNC.com website. HaasConnect is free with every new Haas that has the Next Generation Control, but requires WiFi, which is an available option.
Closed System… The focus of Haas Nex Gen control is to provide a robust, dependable control that is seamlessly integrated with the machine. The closed system is optimized specifically for Haas machines, and does not rely on third-party NC suppliers. When you call Haas, you get a company that takes full responsibility for the entire machine.
Dedicated Keypad… The Haas keypad has a full array of keys, including a complete alphanumeric keypad; and all common functions are clearly labeled for operator ease. If you’ve ever fumbled with hot keys, or had to page through screens looking for a specific function, you will appreciate the simplicity of the Haas control. There are no encrypted codes to memorize.
One-Button Features… Common multi-step functions, such as setting tool offsets, have been reduced to the push of a single button. Other often-used functions, such as setting work offsets, homing the machine, and selecting the next tool during set up, are also one-button commands.
Multi-Function Jog Handle… Most machines use the jog handle only to move the axes around. On Haas machines, the jog handle can also be used in other modes to cursor through the program for faster editing, override spindle speeds and feedrates, scan through offsets and user settings, and more.
15″ Color LCD Screen… The Haas full-color, 15″ TFT LCD display is designed to work in the machine shop environment. The high-intensity, high-contrast LCD features a very wide viewing angle, and will not fade out in bright light. The panel is mounted behind anti-glare, tempered glass for protection and easy viewing.
USB Port… The built-in USB port allows the use of customer-supplied USB flash memory devices or external hard drives.
Ethernet Interface… Transfer data between your Haas and a network or PC with the Ethernet interface. Transfer program files easily to and from the machine, and access large files with multiple machines. High-speed data transfers allow DNC of large files at up to 1000 blocks per second*. Easily set up from the control screen.
Memory Lock Keyswitch… Locks memory to prevent program editing by unauthorized personnel. Can also be used to lock settings, offsets, and macro variables.
CURRENT COMMANDS… The Current Commands page displays the current status of the machine, including the current program running, the current position, the active tool, the spindle and axis loads, the current spindle speed, and the feedrate. Additional screens show which commands and G-codes are being used in the current program; and a timer shows cycle time, cutting time, power-on time, and M30 count (number of parts).
HELP… The Help function is a built-in, searchable operator’s manual that explains the various functions of a Haas machine. Simply press the HELP key in any mode to access the on-screen Help system, which displays icons for accessing content from the entire operator’s manual. There are also icons for Active Icon Help, Active Window Help, and Active Window Commands, as well as a built-in calculator for arithmetic functions.
The Power of a Single Button… Some of the most powerful features of the Haas control – features every machinist will appreciate – take only the push of a single button. For example, you can set tool offsets with the push of a single button – without having to manually enter numbers into the control. Simply jog a tool to the surface of the part, push the Tool Offset Measure button, and the tool’s length is automatically stored in the tool length register. Push the Next Tool button to repeat the process for each tool. That’s it! Setting work offsets is just as easy. These time-consuming processes have been reduced to a few simple steps.
Tool-Load Monitoring… Maximizing tool life is another key to increasing productivity. The Haas control can monitor the spindle load for each tool, and automatically adjust the feeds if the load exceeds a limit set by the operator. If a tool exceeds the preset limit, the control can be set to reduce the commanded feedrate, alert the operator, go into feed-hold mode, or generate a tool-overload alarm. The first time a program runs, the Haas control automatically records the highest load seen for each tool. Using this information and the Tool Load Monitoring feature of the control, the operator can set load limits for each tool. This maximizes tool life, and protects the workpiece and machine from the effects of tool wear.
Advanced Tool Management… To maximize productivity, the Haas control has an integrated Advanced Tool Manager that allows you to create a group of redundant tools for use within a program. From a single screen, you can view the different tool groups and their parameters. Simply define which tool numbers are part of a group, and what parameter will determine when to change to a redundant tool. This can be based on feed time, the number of tool calls, the number of holes drilled or tapped, or a preset load limit. To use a group of redundant tools in a program, simply enter the group number as your tool call-out. The tool offsets you defined during set up are automatically loaded for each tool as it’s called up.