By using a Microsoft Windows operating system, features such as shop floor and process automation integration are achievable via PCI, Ethernet, and USB ports. For example, easily install a bar code reader and software package and process data while the machine is running.
CNC designs are commonly proprietary to the manufacture, leaving the customer “locked-in” when needing to either service or upgrade the machine in any way. This philosophy results in an obsolete system and often a single source for control service and parts.
One of the key successes and popularity of the Legacy is the flexibility to upgrade the software and hardware. Even today, Legacy customers can remove the control cards and add upgraded system boards. The software was designed to maintain a high percentage of backward compatibility and is easily updated.
Service part procurement has also proven to be easily available from various part suppliers. A tremendous benefit for the customer, this competition greatly reduces the cost of maintaining the machines regardless of age.