MEDINA, Ohio - ProMotion Controls Inc. marked 20 years of PC-based shape-cutting control products in 2006. To celebrate the event, ProMotion will introduce iControl enhancements and new software options.

Known as Robotronic Oy in Finland, the company introduced its first PC-based shape-cutting control in 1986. Developed on a common PC-based operating platform, it was also the first controller to incorporate user-friendly PC-based hardware features, including a floppy-drive port, graphic screen and interface, according to the company.

Over the next 10 years the company incorporated the Microsoft Windows NT operating system and introduced intelligent iCNC in 1997. Incorporating Windows, the iCNC introduced the concept of dual microprocessors. With one microprocessor dedicated to motion, operators are able to create a new nest at the same time the machine is cutting an existing part program nest. Today, the company's Nest software is available for off-line computers as well, featuring parts nesting, cost-calculation and productivity tools.