ACU-RITE droPWR Now Available on KENT USA® Machines

May 18, 2024
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Introducing the ACU-RITE droPWR, the innovative solution that turns an iPad® into a digital readout! This application-based platform combines an intuitive user experience with touch screen conventions, dynamically switching between milling, turning, and grinding. It saves time and money by allowing multiple configurations on one tablet, enabling seamless transitions from machine to machine. Perfect for classrooms and manufacturing environments, droPWR takes your manual machine tool experience to the next level.

Versatile and User-Friendly

Designed for shop classes, production environments, and small shops, droPWR offers multi-machine tool connectivity and supports multiple user configurations, each with personalized parameters. The onboarding configuration easily guides users through the application setup, ensuring a smooth start. Utilizing Bluetooth technology, droPWR provides wireless connectivity to encoders via an interface box, enhancing the functionality and convenience of your machine tools.

Advanced Features and Benefits

Building upon ACU-RITE’s extensive experience and expertise in the realm of Digital Readout (DRO) technology, droPWR represents a significant advancement in the field. Designed to streamline operations and enhance productivity, this app boasts a range of key features and benefits:

  1. Intuitive User Experience: With familiar touchscreen conventions and an intuitive interface, droPWR ensures a seamless user experience, even for those new to digital readouts.
  2. Versatility Across Machine Types: Users can effortlessly switch between milling, turning, and grinding machines or applications, saving both time and money by maximizing efficiency.
  3. Customizable Configurations: droPWR supports multiple configurations on a single tablet, with parameters tailored to each individual user. This flexibility allows for personalized setups to suit diverse machining needs.
  4. Simple Onboarding: Setting up the app is a breeze thanks to the onboarding configuration feature, which guides users through the initial setup process step-by-step.
  5. Wireless Connectivity: Utilizing Bluetooth technology, droPWR enables wireless connectivity to encoders via an interface box, eliminating the hassle of cumbersome cables and connections.

One of the standout features of droPWR is its split-screen functionality, which enables users to multitask by displaying multiple applications simultaneously. Whether it’s comparing readout data with part prints or monitoring multiple machine parameters at once, this feature enhances efficiency and workflow management.

Additionally, the dynamic zoom feature enhances legibility by visually highlighting the position value of the current moving axis, particularly useful when viewing from a distance in busy shop environments.

According to John Parker, ACU-RITE Business Unit Manager, “ACU-RITE DROs allow manufacturers and educators to take their manual machines to the next level in terms of precision, productivity, and overall potential. The droPWR takes this to the next level, thanks to its versatility and multi-machine capabilities. It’s a perfect fit for classrooms and manufacturing environments of all kinds.”

Whether in a classroom setting or a bustling production floor, droPWR empowers users to elevate their manual machining experience to new heights. With its user-friendly interface, seamless connectivity, and customizable features, this app is poised to become an indispensable tool for professionals across the manufacturing sector.

At a Glance: droPWR iOS App

  • Transforms iPad into a digital readout console
  • Intuitive user experience with touchscreen interface
  • Supports milling, turning, and grinding applications
  • Multiple configurations tailored to each user
  • Seamless onboarding configuration
  • Wireless connectivity via Bluetooth technology
  • Split-screen functionality for multitasking
  • Dynamic zoom feature for enhanced legibility


Encoder Interface Boxes

IBT400 IBT400+
Housing Aluminum extruded with protective end caps
Dimensions (WxHxD) in mm 106 x 34 x120 106 x 34 x 220
Encoder interfaces: TTL differential and single ended (with adapter cable), D-SUB 9-pin 1X, 2X, 3X or 4X 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X or 6X
Data Interface Bluetooth
Power Adapter 12 W 5V
Milling specific functions • Bolt-hole pattern calculations with graphics (full and partial circles/linear patterns)
• Centerline calculation (establish workpiece zero and midpoints)
Turning specific functions • Lock axis feature (establish tool offsets with the tool under load, resulting in reduced tool deflection)
• Instant radius / diameter conversion
Dialog languanges English
Mounting arm Sold separately
Din rail 35 mm, DIN EN 50022 rail
Stand Commercially available
Tablet holder Commercially available
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