ISA to USB Upgrade Kits
A simple Plug & Play upgrade for your older non-intelligent Driverack, SuperDrive, or Mightydrive based CNC milling machine, engraver, plasma cutter or lathe (including Paxton/Patterson, Torchmate, and Magnum systems) to the latest MN400 advanced motion controller and communicate through USB connection and use current operating systems and computers.
Milling Machine and Router Upgrade Kit
Lathe Upgrade Kit
Most (pre 2007) MicroKinetics CNC machines worked with the older style ISA type card. These cards, OptiStep Plus or OptiStep Plus FR controlled the DriveRack or MightyDrive Multidrive Subsystems. Today, it is almost impossible to locate a new computer with an ISA slot and for that reason MicroKinetics offers an upgrade path for these machines.
There are two upgrade kits available - one for lathe type systems and one for milling machines, routers and plasma cutters. These kits include an MN400E, the cables and either the TurnMaster Pro or MillMaster Pro control software. This upgrade allows you to use a modern computer using Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. The MN400E connects to your computer or laptop with the included USB cable and then its output port connects to your existing Driverack or MightyDrive with a special cable assembly that is also included.
After this simple connection, just download and activate the new software to start using your machine with all the advanced features of the current production models offered.
> Continuously updated digital readouts while in motion
> Accelerated jog speeds
> Independent front panel control
> USB interface allows use of newer computers
> Support for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8.x, and Windows 10
These kits are also perfectly suited to upgrade all the PAXTON/PATTERSON High Performance Milling Machine Centers and CNC High Performance Lathes that were OEM built in the 1990's which used the Optistep Plus controllers as well as Magnum Technology's CNC wood routers and CNC wood lathes which also utilized the same controllers. The milling machine upgrade kit is also suitable for upgrading the Torchmate torch and plasma cutters that use the MightyDrive unit.
While some vendors no longer support older products and may leave the customer with no options, if you have a system that includes a MicroKinetics product, even if it was private labeled and incorporated into a specialized machine, chances are support and service are still accessible. These kits are typically available from stock and offer substantial saving over buying the individual components.
MicroKinetics has been producing CNC machines and components for 30+ years. These machines are sometimes resold to a new owner who typically require support and upgrades.
When purchasing a used MicroKinetics machine, you can still get support from the factory if you transfer the registration. You will recieve unlimited email support. You can also obtain live telephone technical support by purchasing an annual voice tech support contract.