The FANUC 0i-D and 30i Series Controls are now supporting USB.
This allows users to use USB Flash drives for program storage as opposed to PCMCIA Adapters with Compact Flash Memory Cards.
There are several advantage to using USB for NC Program storage.
USB now provides users with the ability to create and use Folders to separate and classify their program data.
Additionally, users are no longer limited to an 8 character file name prefix or a 3 character filename suffix. In order to use the USB connection on your FANUC, first verify that a connector has actually been installed by your Machine Tool Builder.
I/O Functionality is controlled by FANUC but it is the Machine Tool Builder who ultimately decides if the hardware to support it is actually installed. Once you have verified that the USB Port actually exists, simply pres MDI and then press the OFFSET/SETTING button. Change the I/O Channel to 17 and you'll be off and running!