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    Okuma spindle head cooling unit alarm (596B alarm)

    I wish I could say I understood the electrical diagrams in the book but I have zero training in that. The chiller unit is a fairly modular thing as in the bring in the built chillers and attache them to the machine during the build. If you can see the pump, you should also be able to see the...
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    I need some parts made.

    Yeah, post a print or even a hand sketch. No other way for us to know why those shops gave you the run around. Most of us are busy but I think most of us aren't 3-6 months busy.
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    Time to Hang it Up

    I agree with everything that's already been posted here. If you want a second avenue to advertise these machines, and you're a facebook person, join the Okuma CNC Users group and post some pictures. I admin the group and you'd be marketing to specifically an Okuma audience. I'm not too sure...
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    Maintain older machine or replace with new/newer machine?

    Well, even though I'm being told there's more that we can do for our customers, we'll get the bigger machine doesn't mean I'll have the ability to get it done. We've been very, very busy for the last couple years. The work that I do currently more than covers the cost every month. Sure...
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    Maintain older machine or replace with new/newer machine?

    In my experience live milling is handy but not a substitute for an actual HMC or VMC. Definite difference in rigidity. I mostly use it for bolt circles and tapping holes. But sometimes certain jobs need it and I'm always glad I have it in those instances.
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    Maintain older machine or replace with new/newer machine?

    That's kind of where I'm currently at. I still hate the costs though!
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    Maintain older machine or replace with new/newer machine?

    Those machines don't run any volume. Steady diet of 1-20 parts but more like 1-5pcs. I have other machines for smaller parts so that's mostly a non issue.
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    Maintain older machine or replace with new/newer machine?

    All good info, thanks for everyone's input. The machine in question is an 1996 Okuma with a 5020 control. I have a second one that's a little newer that also runs well that is a supplement/backup to the one with the bubble mem issue. The machine I'm looking at is an LB4000. It would have a...
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    Maintain older machine or replace with new/newer machine?

    I got quoted $2500 in hardware and up to 5 days of labor, hotel and per diem. That's a possible $9200
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    Maintain older machine or replace with new/newer machine?

    The machine still functions but the storage has shrunk to the point I question how much longer it will function. I'm trying to stay ahead of the curve so to speak. Handle it now before the machine just stops booting up one day. CMOS eliminates the shrinking stoarge problem that comes with...
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    Maintain older machine or replace with new/newer machine?

    CMOS memory upgrade from the old bubble memory
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    Maintain older machine or replace with new/newer machine?

    Where do you all draw the line when it comes to putting money into an older machine vs invest in a new or newer piece of equipment? I can put 10k in to a 27 year old lathe or I can move on to a new/newer machine and go back to a payment. I can afford to do either but I'm not in love with...
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    Wondering if Okuma DC drive lathes are to be avoided or is my tech off base?

    I've never heard of this and I've been working around Okuma lathes for like 20 years. There are a gagillion LB10/LB15/LB25 lathes out there going all the way back to the early 1980's still pounding accurate parts all day every day. Old machines (like 20+ years) will, at some point, experience...
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    Okuma P300 Q count tracking

    If you just want to be able to track how many reps you've done so far just put a V1=V1+1 at the start of your sub. At the start of your main program add a V1=0 and then all you have to do is check the value of V1 on the user variable page.
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    Optical Drip Sensor alarms. Older MacTurn. I'm dying here :-(

    I don't know if you're a facebook person or not but the Okuma Users CNC group is a good one. There are a lot of service techs that will answer questions there as well as many "civilians" that are very knowledgeable. Might be worth a shot.
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    Multiple values to same variable

    It should work fine just the way you have it. That's a great way to activate/deactivate work offsets. Pretty cool.
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    i need some help

    If you needed it dead on, I would turn or bore a diameter in your sub jaws and then sweep that bore with a coax indicator in the milling head to get it centered up.
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    Genos 560 tapping RPM

    I'd be doing the same thing!
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    Genos 560 tapping RPM

    I've been up to 4000rpm in my M560. It wasn't much of a time save over 3000rpm so we ran it at 3k. Yes it actually hit the target rpm. No issues at all and we've tapped a lot of holes in that machine. Do note that there are separate tap cycles for a rigid holder vs tension compression. On...
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    Using coolant with manual indexer in CNC mill

    That's a valid point. I suppose if I ever started having issues with it I could disassemble, clean/grease and put it back together. It's not like it's going to be submerged.
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