Lathe controls from HEIDENHAIN have proven themselves for years on standard lathes, complex lathes, and turning centers.
They enable machining with driven tools, with a C and Y axis, or with a B axis, along with complete machining with a counterspindle.

Linear and angle encoders measure motion directly within a closed loop control system. Digital readouts for manually operated machine tools greatly simplify precision machining thanks to their numerous practical functions and cycles.

The new Gen 3 drives are designed to meet the requirements of lathes, providing state-of-the-art interface technology, excellent performance specs, and very high controller performance. HEIDENHAIN and ETEL also offer suitable motors.

Users of HEIDENHAIN lathe controls value their ease of operation and programming, which is supported by numerous intelligent functions. Working with a CNC PILOT 640 or MANUALplus 620 requires very little training time. Meanwhile, touch probes, camera systems, and electronic handwheels provide practical support at the machine, reducing setup time and increasing process reliability. Programming stations are also available for creating, testing, and optimizing NC programs away from the shop.

Controls and related products

Lathe controls2022-12-16T15:25:44+00:00

Controls for lathes and turning centers

The CNC PILOT 640 and MANUALplus 620 lathe controls from HEIDENHAIN optimally assist you with numerous shopfloor-friendly functions, including simple cycles and TURN PLUS for creating NC programs at the push of a button. The following tasks therefore become fast and efficient to handle:

  • Conventional lathe operations
  • Operations with driven tools
  • Machining with the C and Y axes
  • Complete machining with a counterspindle
  • Machining with the B axis

See the controls

Digital readouts2022-11-10T20:54:02+00:00

Manually operated machines made easy

Digital readouts for manually operated machine tools boost your productivity. You save time, improve workpiece accuracy, and enjoy greater convenience. When used with linear encoders for machine tools, digital readouts measure axis motion directly and are therefore unaffected by play in mechanical transmission elements such as lead screws, gear racks, or gear systems. In conjunction with

See the digital readouts

Power modules and inverters2022-07-27T15:17:14+00:00

Digital motor control

The new HEIDENHAIN Gen 3 drives are a perfectly matched system solution based on highly innovative and forward-thinking technologies. Machine manufacturers and users benefit from their cutting-edge interface technology, improved performance specifications, and increased control capability. The new compact drives, featuring optimal performance with a tiny footprint, bring the Gen 3 benefits to smaller machines.

See the drives

Touch probes and camera systems2022-07-24T22:55:07+00:00

Tool and workpiece measurement

Touch probes and camera systems help reduce setup times, increase machine utilization, and improve workpiece accuracy. Setup, measurement, and control functions can be executed manually or, in conjunction with most CNC controls, by the program. You benefit from higher probing reproducibility, greater probing speed, and wear-free measurement.

See the touch probes and camera systems


Fine manual axis control

The electronic handwheels from HEIDENHIAN let you control the feed motors for delicate axis-slide movements. Axis keys and various function keys are built into the housing for this purpose. The portable versions let you switch between axes or set up the machine from wherever you happen to be. The panel-mounted versions can be attached anywhere on the machine.

View the handwheels

Programming stations2022-09-19T16:12:45+00:00

A copy of the control in your office

Away from the noisy shop floor, a programming station lets you create, test, and optimize NC programs in the office just as you would at the machine. Program verification and keyboard layout are the same as on the control. These characteristics also make the programming station ideal for vocational training. And with a Digital Twin, you can leverage an exact model of your machine, including its actual kinematics, parameters, and functions.

View the programming stations

Simultaneous turning with the CNC PILOT 640: roughing and finishing of highly complex contours in one go

Products for the spindle

Modular magnetic encoders

The ERM modular angle encoders with magnetic scanning are available with either the TTR ERM 2×04 or the TTR ERM 2×05 scale drum for spindle applications. These drums are available with different graduation periods based on the required speed and accuracy of the given machine tool.

Sealed linear encoders

The sealed linear encoders of the LC and LS series from HEIDENHAIN are ideally suited for exact positioning of the spindle. Their slimline scale housings mean they can optimally be integrated in the machine. For applications where more installation space is available, HEIDENHAIN also offers encoders with full-size scale housings.

Asynchronous motors

HEIDENHAIN also supplies motors for spindle drives as accessories to the controls and inverters. The QAN asynchronous motors feature maintenance-free bearings, can absorb high radial forces, and permit high spindle speeds. An integrated rotary encoder from HEIDENHAIN measures the shaft speed.

The new LC generation: optimized optics reduce your system costs

Products for the slide

Absolute angle encoders

Thanks to their robust design, the ECM absolute modular angle encoders with magnetic scanning are ideal for position measurement on lathes. Due to their large inside diameters and compact design, they are a natural choice for C axes on lathes and for simple rotary axes and swivel axes.

Sealed linear encoders

The sealed linear encoders of the LC and LS series from HEIDENHAIN are the first choice for exact positioning of the machine’s table under closed loop control. This is because the use of linear encoders eliminates thermal error, which is the number one cause of position errors on modern machine tools.

Synchronous motors

Along with its controls and drives, HEIDENHAIN also offers motors for feed axes. The QSY synchronous motors exhibit the following characteristics:

Excellent speed stability
Superb rated torque to stall torque ratio
Low torque ripple

HEIDENHAIN synchronous motors use sinusoidal commutation, measuring the rotor position and speed via an integrated HEIDENHAIN rotary encoder.