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New C80 Series CNC-Dedicated CPU Maximizes Performance

C80 Rack Drives Motors

Vernon Hills, Illinois - April 24, 2018

Users of the Mitsubishi Electric Automation MELSEC iQ-R automation platform can now achieve even greater productivity and lower cycle times with the introduction of the C80 Series CNC.  The rack-based C80 features a CNC-dedicated CPU designed to maximize the control’s performance.

Industry-leading CNC functions and drive units deliver high-speed, highly accurate machining, while a high-speed system bus provides large-capacity data communication – combining to reduce cycle times and increase productivity. 

The C80 is especially useful for rotary dial machines, production machines using multiple processes, and automotive transfer lines.  Key benefits of the C80 Series controller include:

  • Improved productivity
  • Flexible system configuration
  • User friendly functionality
  • Low maintenance
  • Safety measures compliant with global standards

The C80 also offers the ability to control all CNC CPUs on a PLC rack.  Three CPUs control up to 21 system components and 48 axes, making it ideal for high axis count applications. In addition, the C80 can communicate with any module that can be used in a rack-based solution. 

“The optical communication speed between the CNC and drive is fast, providing for improved system responsiveness, and ultimately resulting in more accurate machining,” stated Scott Strache, product  manager at Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. “We expect the C80 to be in high demand among OEMs for rotary dial machines and multiple system machines, as well as in automotive production lines where multiple processes can be achieved using high axis counts.”

Additional information on the new C80 Series CNC and the comprehensive line of factory automation products and solutions from Mitsubishi Electric Automation is available here.

— About Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc.

Headquartered in Vernon Hills, Ill., Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. is a U.S. affiliate company of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. It offers a broad product portfolio including programmable automation controllers (PAC), programmable logic controllers (PLC), human machine interfaces (HMI), variable frequency drives (VFD), servo amplifiers and motors, control software, computerized numerical controllers (CNC), motion controllers, robots and low-voltage power distribution products. Additional information about Mitsubishi Electric Automation is available at

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