Microtrol Engineering Inc. has been awarded 2 Okuma LC50 Wheel Lathe retrofits. The old Okuma OSP5000 controls and drives were no longer supported but the customer didn’t want to replace the older iron as the LC50 machine is one of the best heavy duty lathes built. ASA contacted Microtrol and after a technical discussion on what controls and features were available, they order 2 new Fanuc 0i-Mate controls with AC Digital drives. The original DC spindle motor will be re-used and interfaced with a new Polyspede DC field control drive. All of the old wiring will be removed and replaced with hiflex wiring for increased reliability. The projects will be completed in the 3rd quarter of 2017.