Machines featuring the ProtoTRAK CNC

TRAK LPM Vertical Machining Center

Low Volume / High Mix Production System

The TRAK® LPM is a machining system that integrates the control, machine, tooling and workholding. It gives ProtoTRAK® machinists the tools they need to compete and win on the strength of their know-how and skill.

The TRAK LPM Vertical Machining System

For cost effective, high-mix, low-volume work

Designed to be easy to learn and use, the TRAK LPM incorporates technologies to markedly reduce the changeover times that plague high-mix, low-volume shops. It is the only VMC to integrate the machine, control, fixturing, and tool offset measurements into one complete system.

This means that it doesn't require expensive probing systems that consume spindle time to measure offsets. It also means that it doesn't require a room full of special fixture to facilitate quick changeovers.

Other manufacturers install a general-purpose production CNC on a machine, load in a few parameters and leave it at that. The ProtoTRAK PMX goes beyond to reduce your work in setup.

ProtoTRAK PMX CNC

The TRAK LPM System

The ProtoTRAK PMX CNC — technology that simplifies CNC complexity

  • Powerful but easy to learn and use
  • PMX technology eliminates the "sea of buttons” normally associated with VMCs
  • Integrated into the TRAK LPM VMC
  • 3-axis CNC, 3-axis DRO (4th axis option)
  • Runs ProtoTRAK conversational language, G-code, CAM, 2 and 3-D CAD conversion software, and Verify Machining Simulation software
TRAK LPM Workholding System

The Workholding System

Setups are faster and easier with the workholding system of the TRAK LPM. Changing from job to job does not require your machine to be idle during time-consuming fixture setups. Receivers are precisely installed to allow multiple fixtures. You can locate your part on a fixture while another part is running on the machine.

Within seconds your fixture is positioned within 0.0002″ and secured with 2,250 lbs. of clamping force.

The ProtoTRAK PMX knows the Ball Lock receiver locations. Simply reference the part to the fixture, and then load the offsets into the fixture management screen.

TRAK LPM Mobile Tool Setting Cart

The Tool Setting System

The TRAK LPM comes standard with a tooling cart and reference tool. The tool's Z dimension is loaded into the ProtoTRAK PMX at the factory.

Setting the Z Depths of each tool is simple. Just enter the offsets from the reference tool as you touch off. Follow this simple process and you will never have to touch off tools in an idled machine.

Machine Features

  • Overall (L x W x H): 13.1’ X 7.4’ X 8.6’
  • Table size: 35 3/8" X 19 5/8"
  • Tee slots (no. x width x pitch): 5 x .71" x 3.94"
  • Table max load: 1000 lbs.
  • Travels (X x Y x Z):  31" x 18.5" x 21"
  • Max spindle nose to table: 24"
  • Min spindle nose to table: 3 3/8"
  • Max clearance spindle center to column: 19 1/4"
  • Max Rapid speed (X x Y x Z ipm):  800 x 800 x 700
  • Electrical requirements: 208-240V / 78 amps or 415-440V / 44 amps (requires optional transformer)
  • Tool holder type: CAT40
  • Max RPM: 8000
  • Tool Capacity: 16
  • Max tool weight incl holder: 15 lbs
  • Max tool diameter: 3.14
  • Tool clamping force (at 90psi): 1500 lbs
  • Tool carousel to table: 18"
  • HP Peak: 15
  • HP Continuous: 10
  • Weight/Shipping Lbs.: 7650 / 8000

Standard Features

  • Internal wash down nozzles
  • Air gun
  • Wash down gun
  • Halogen work lights
  • Auto lube system
  • Mobile Tool setting system (incl. cart)
  • Belt drive spindle
  • Coolant pump
  • Wash down pump
  • Fixture clamping devices – set of 4
  • Status lights
  • Rigid tapping
  • Chip Auger (accommodates a third party 12” oil skimmer)
  • Air blast to clear chips from spindle
LPM Chassis

Options

TRAK LPM 4th Axis Option

4th Axis

Hardware and software that allows true 4th axis interpolation. Includes indexer, tailstock and fixture plate.
TRAK LPM Fixture Plate Option

Fixture Plate

Precision 18″ x 15″ plate with primary liners. Made of aluminum tooling plate that resists warping.
TRAK LPM Fixture Plate Assembly Option

Fixture Plate Assembly

Includes precision plate, liners, fence, stop and hardware.
TRAK LPM Vise Stop Option

Vise Stop

Includes mag base and 1″, 2″ and 3″ extensions.
TRAK LPM Retention Knobs Option

Retention Knobs

Set of 16. Shown installed.
TRAK LPM Ball Lock Clamping Devices Option

Ball Lock Clamping Devices

Available in sets of four.
TRAK LPM Ball Lock Liners Option

Ball Lock Liners

For fixture plates. High and lower precision for primary and secondary locating holes.
TRAK LPM Fixture Cart

Tool Cart

High quality cart by Huot® Manufacturing. Lip height and length matches LPM table position during fixture change.
TRAK LPM Ball Lock Locating Guide Assembly Option

Ball Lock Locating Guide Assembly

For locating your current fixtures on the LPM table using the ball lock system and locating holes on the table. Includes three stops.

Specifications

  • Overall (L x W x H): 13.1’ X 7.4’ X 8.6’
  • Table size: 35 3/8" X 19 5/8"
  • Tee slots (no. x width x pitch): 5 x .71" x 3.94"
  • Table max load: 1000 lbs.
  • Travels (X x Y x Z):  31" x 18.5" x 21"
  • Max spindle nose to table: 24"
  • Min spindle nose to table: 3 3/8"
  • Max clearance spindle center to column: 19 1/4"
  • Max Rapid speed (X x Y x Z ipm):  800 x 800 x 700
  • Electrical requirements: 208-240V / 78 amps or 415-440V / 44 amps (requires optional transformer)
  • Tool holder type: CAT40
  • Max RPM: 8000
  • Tool Capacity: 16
  • Max tool weight incl holder: 15 lbs
  • Max tool diameter: 3.14
  • Tool clamping force (at 90psi): 1500 lbs
  • Tool carousel to table: 18"
  • HP Peak: 15
  • HP Continuous: 10
  • Weight/Shipping Lbs.: 7650 / 8000

Standard Features

  • Internal wash down nozzles
  • Air gun
  • Wash down gun
  • Halogen work lights
  • Auto lube system
  • Mobile Tool setting system (incl. cart)
  • Belt drive spindle
  • Coolant pump
  • Wash down pump
  • Fixture clamping devices – set of 4
  • Status lights
  • Rigid tapping
  • Chip Auger (accommodates a third party 12” oil skimmer)
  • Air blast to clear chips from spindle
TRAK LPM VMC Chassis

Software Features

DRO Mode Features

  • Incremental and absolute dimensions
  • Jog with selectable feed rates
  • Powerfeed X,Y or Z
  • Servo return to 0 absolute
  • Go To Dimensions from convenient reference
  • Spindle speed setting with manual override
  • Selectable handwheel resolution
  • Convenient choice of dimensional references: Machine Home, Part Zero, Abs Zero Ball lock locations

Program Mode Features

  • Auto Geometry Engine®
  • Geometry-based programming
  • Tool Path programming
  • Scaling of print data
  • Multiple fixture offsets
  • Programming of Auxiliary Functions
  • Event Comments
  • Three-axis Geometry conversational programming
  • Incremental and absolute dimensions
  • Automatic diameter cutter comp
  • Circular interpolation
  • Linear interpolation
  • Look — graphics with a single button push
  • List step — graphics with programmed events displayed
  • Alphanumeric program names
  • Program data editing
  • Program pause
  • Conrad — automatic corner radius
  • Programmable spindle speeds
  • Math helps with graphical interface
  • Auto load of math solutions
  • Tool step over adjustable for pocket routines
  • Pocket bottom finish pass
  • Selectable ramp or plunge cutter entry
  • Subroutine repeat of programmed events
  • Nesting
  • Rotate about Z axis for skewing data
  • Mirror of programmed events
  • Copy
  • Copy rotate
  • Copy mirror
  • Tool data entry in event programming
  • Selectable retract in Bore operations

Auxiliary Functions

  • Coolant on/off
  • Air on/off
  • Pulse indexer
  • Part change table position

Canned Cycles

  • Position
  • Drill
  • Bolt Hole
  • Mill
  • Arc
  • Circle pocket
  • Rectangular pocket
  • Irregular Pocket
  • Circular profile
  • Rectangular profile
  • Irregular Profile
  • Circle Island
  • Rectangular Island
  • Irregular Island
  • Helix
  • Thread milling
  • Engrave
  • Tapping
  • Face Mill

Edit Mode Features

  • Delete events
  • Erase program
  • Spreadsheet editing
  • Global data change
  • G-Code editor
  • Clipboard to copy events between programs
  • Move between subprograms in a master program

Program Set Up Mode Features

  • Program diagnostics
  • Advanced tool library
  • Tool names
  • Tool length offset with modifiers
  • Tool path graphics with adjustable views
  • Program run time estimation clock
  • Convenient part/fixture management screen
  • Fixture offsets
  • Part offsets within fixture
  • Convenient manual tool handling when tools required exceed ATC capacity
  • Photo storage and display
  • Notes
  • Z Safety Dimension to prevent crashes
  • Tool Crib
  • Tool by Tool or Part by Part run strategy
  • Convenient Tool Reconciliation between programs and ATC
  • Convenient ATC capacity

Machine Set Up Mode Features

  • Advanced diagnostic routines
  • Software travel limits set at the factory
  • Prompted Tool loading and ATC Management
  • Checklist to assure nothing is forgotten
  • Single key press to get to step needing attention

Run Mode Features

  • TRAKing
  • 3D CAM file program run
  • 3D G code file run with tool comp
  • Real time run graphics with tool icon
  • Countdown clock for total part cycle time or manual tool change
  • Error alarms prevent Run when set up steps are skipped
  • Work on Staged programs while Current program runs

Program In/Out Mode Features

  • CAM program converter
  • Converter for prior-generation ProtoTRAK programs
  • DXF/DWG file converter (Optional)
  • Selection of file storage locations
  • Automatic file back-up routine
  • Preview graphics for unopened files
  • Networking
  • Create Master routine for combining programs
  • Transfer of Staged program to Current
  • Tool reconciliation for Master Programs Control Options
  • The DXF File Converter Option
  • Import and convert CAD data into
  • ProtoTRAK programs
  • DXF or DWG files
  • Chaining
  • Automatic Gap Closing
  • Layer control
  • Easy, prompted process you can do right at the machine
  • CAM Out Converter Option
  • Save ProtoTRAK files as CAM files for running on different controls

4th Axis Option

Hardware and software that allows true 4th axis interpolation. Includes indexer, tailstock and fixture plate.

Videos

TRAK LPM | ProtoTRAK PMX CNC | Basic Programming, Part 1: Introduction
TRAK LPM | ProtoTRAK PMX CNC | Basic Programming, Part 2: Stage Mode
TRAK LPM | ProtoTRAK PMX CNC | Basic Programming, Part 3: Master Program
TRAK LPM | ProtoTRAK PMX CNC | Basic Programming, Part 4: Tool Setup
TRAK LPM | CNC Machining Action | Volume 1 | Episode 6