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with just under 100 ATOM FlashCut knife cutting systems installed in the UK by Cutting Systems between 2004 and February 2020 we are always busy doing something, such as modifications, planned maintenance (TPM), repairs and now PC controller upgrades.

All new machines produced since the start of 2019 have been Windows 10 operating systems, and we also have PC Controllers designed and ready to go for Window 7 systems as and when needed.  It’s going to be a busy 2020, with six systems upgraded already…. just 80 to go

The benefits of going with Microsoft on this and the move to Windows 10 from Cutting Systems experience is the following:

  • Virus Support, the PC Controller will have access to the latest anti-virus database.   If the machines are networked and we have even seen virus’s travel through USB memory sticks when shapes are transferred from a desktop ‘CAD PC’
  • Compatibility with drivers, replacing a mouse, keyboard or projector in the future…. very likely.  Drivers will be needed to help ensure ‘plug & play’ setup of such devices.
  • USB and similar flash drives, as they advance storage and speed specifications of these pocket drives, up to date drivers will be needed to allow the controller to understand what you have just thrust into it.
  • The USB axis controller is compatible with the latest Panasonic A5 servo motion systems being used today by Cutting Systems to replace the now non-supported ‘white’ MINAS series and A4 generation drives and motors on your machines when the originals fail. 

If you have a Windows XP system on your machine still, there are not many of you we know but you will have started having hardware issues alone by now, as well as the Microsoft issue with age related system slowing.  We recommend that you contact us to discuss a preventative upgrade before one day the machine will not turn on.

Support for Windows 7 only stopped last month, this does not mean you are immediately as risk of virus’s and hackers trying to hold you to randsom for some plastic pretend coins in return for some gasket drawings for an oil drum that they decide is vitally important.  However if your machine is networked we recommend it as it will become ‘shunned’ by your network staff very soon, and so an upgrade should be considered sooner rather than later.  Other than that when you think you are in a position to upgrade then contact us!

Whatever the PC controller you have on your machine, we can keep you up to date with latest version of Microsoft Windows. 

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