JavaScript Menu, DHTML Menu Powered By Milonic
User Friendly CNC Controls, Turn-key professional service
for Milling Machines, Lathes, Routers, Plasma, & special applications
Do-It-Yourself professional grade CNC control kits
Search Our Site

CNC Videos

CNC Retrofit controls for Vertical Turning Lathes: Monarch,Niles,Bullard,Berthiez
Monarch C axis Vertical turning lathe   This is a huge Monarch Vertical Turning Lathe. This machine is equipped with a live 15hp spindle and a 50hp main spindle. The table is nine feet in diameter.

This lathe is controlled by a Centroid T-400 and is a 3 axis CNC lathe: X, Z and C. The C axis provides programmable control over positioning of the spindle in degrees.

The spindle table weighs 5 TONS and has a maximum speed of 3000 rpm.
Another unique feature of this Monarch is that the X and Z axis are mounted on a vertical movement slide. This slide allows the machine to adjust to tall or short sized parts. The slide is also controlled thru the T-400 using the programmable auxiliary keys.
If that isn't enough, the Monarch is also equipped with a 12 position automatic tool changer!
Niles Turret lathe, left side is CNC side Here you see a classic Niles Turret mill. This machine was used during WWII to make tank turrets! This machine has two operator stations, the left side of the machine was converted to CNC using a Centroid T-400 control. The right side has been left manually operated as originally equipped. The spindle is 50 Hp and the spindle table is 9 feet in diameter and spins up to 1000 rpm. The table floats on oil and is equipped with and encoder for constant surface speed machining. The M400 is mounted on a stand directly behind the two men in the photo.
Niles turret lathe, fixture plate being installed

Ballscrews and AC brushless servo drives were added to the X and Z axis on the left side. The control is mounted on a rolling stand (it is located behind the tool box in the photos) The upper photo shows the Z axis at its maximum - travel and the lower photo shows a fixture being installed to raise the work piece to the height of the cutter.

Both the Monarch and the Niles are owned by TVA and are used to make power plant parts. Thanks to CNC Design for the photos.

Large Machine CNC retrofit video..

DIY Self Service CNC Technical Support

  Purchase Professional CNC Technical Support   DIY CNC Controller kits,parts and accessories    
  CNC Community Support Forum
CNC Manuals and Schematics
CNC Software Downloads
CNC Technical Bulletins
CNC PC minimum Performance Requirements
CNC Support VIdeo
Centroid Servo Motor Dimensions

Register your Centroid CNC control

On-site CNC control installation quote
On-site CNC training quote
Factory CNC remote support via "Team viewer"

Factory CNC support via email or phone
Centroid CNC component repair
Centroid CNC replacement parts
Worldwide Centroid Tech Reps
Buy a Machine with a Centroid CNC Control

    Centroid CNC control board overview
"Acorn" Step and Direction CNC controller kits
"Allin1DC" DC servo Closed Loop CNC controller kits
"Oak" AC Brushless Closed Loop CNC controller kits
Turn-key CNC control systems
CNC Components
CNC Touch Probes
CNC Rotary Tables
Centroid CNC Facebook Page   Centroid CNC Youtube Channel   Centroid CNC Users Forum    
Site content ©2004-2023 CENTROID Corporation. All rights reserved. Terms of use.
CENTROID 159 Gates Road Howard, PA 16841