For several years now manufacturers are requiring more productive life from their machine tools. In order to accomplish this with a reasonable cost, the concept of RETROFIT and UPGRADE have become increasingly important as the lifespan of the machine tool is extended for several reasons: quality of materials used, accuracy in 'use, or economic limitations. But, while availability of mechanical spare parts for the most part, to not pose a large obstical, we cannot say the same for the electronic devices. It is well known that the generational change of the electronic has always happened but in recent years the component obsolescence has become very frequent. This makes it impossible to continue to provide the necessary service support of older generation devices installed on a still perfectly functioning machine. In order to continue to be able to extend the useful life of the grinding machines on which Marposs devices that made tens of years ago are installed, a new system called P7Up based on the latest electronic technology has been designed. P7UP ,using a variety of application software packages, can manage most of the performance developed inside the thousands of different devices which are no longer serviceable today. P7Up using the appropriate mechanical interfaces can be installed "pin to pin" in the machines replacing the old measurement equipment using as much of the original support devices as possible making the upgrade transparent to the machine.
P7Up is a modular device that is configured for the application is being replaced, using the existing measuring heads and machine interface. It’s based on a master board that coordinates and manages the individual boards and communication with the logic of the machine and the operator interface. The cycles are simple for the operator to program for either pre-process, in process or post process operations.