Emco VMC100


Hi from little old Dunedin NZ

I recently bought an EMCO VMC100 mill. and have spend almost a month trying to get it running on the original controller, to no avail.

The mechanicals of the machine are great as it has had very little use, but unfortunately the brains are confused and temperamental. so i'm going to do a MASSO retrofit for it along with clear path servos.

I am a machinists by trade so making any brackets or mounting block is no problem, and I maybe able to use this retrofit as part of my diploma of mechanical engineering I'm in the process of completing.

These machines are a great solid unit and are often snapped up by home shop machinists and converted to Mach control.

I have a lot of work lined up for it when it is finished. I'm hoping that I can get the retrofit done in 6 months, but I'm also well aware that things take longer then expected usually.

I am starting to build a shopping list of everything I'll need so i can order it in the new year, I have already settled on a 4 axis MASSO controller and 3 clearpath CPM-MCPV-3411S-RLS. (I may do a small rotary set up at a later date)

I'm not sure if I can use the existing spindle motor, it is a 10-4000 rpm brushed motor, but I plan on doing a lot of high speed engraving so would like at least a 10 or 20k spindle, it is just connected with a 1:1 timing gear so shouldn't be to hard to replace

the other advantage of doing this retrofit is that the existing controller is about the same size as the mill, so being able to half the foot print would be great as I also have an EMCO turn 220 lathe I bought at the same time which is my retrofit project after i get the mill finished



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carre Olivier
Bonjour Sizigi,

Je viens d'acheter la m me fraiseuse, je souhaite la r trofit , je suis novice dans ce domaine et serais tr s int ress de partager votre exp rience.


Edit by MASSO-Support

I just bought the same milling machine, I want the retrofit, I am new to this area and would be very interested to share your experience.



I have also recently purchased an EMCO VMC100 mill and plan on retrofitting it, but in the meantime I would like to get my hands on a MSD mini cassette tape for the a TM02 (the original controller) so that I can trouble shoot/ascertain which motors/pumps/switches/sensors are currently working so that I can get a good baseline moving forward. Does either of you (or anyone else) have such a tape? If so would you be willing to share?

Also, good luck with you retrofits projects! I have used a MASSO controller on another machine, (a ShopTask mill) and have been pleased with the results!