1981 - 1982 First Generation FC1000/3 Machines were replacement for the FC1000/2 series Machines with same 38" Y & 48" X Table Size and 30 Ton Punching. However, these were a 1-Piece Machine with Frame & Table & CNC Control all in 1 Compact and easy to Move & Install Module. Turrets were upgraded to 33-Stations with 1 - 2"x2" Notch in Station #1, 5 - 3 1/2" Stations, and 27 - 1 1/4" Stations. The Fastest Machine for Many Years with X & Y Axis Traveling at 3000 Inches per minute. All Machines had 2-Speed Press-Drive that would allow Nibbling at .500" Centers in Low-Speed Press Mode, Great for Perforation Air-Hole Jobs. Because of Special 2-Speed Press Drive Motor & Electrics, All FC1000/3 Machines are for Single Voltage Stamped on I.D. Plate, Either 230Volt A.C. Only or 460 Volt A.C. Only, they can Not Be Changed. Buy a Large (35-50 KVA) 3-Phase Transformer to change voltage if you brought wrong voltage Machine. The first 30 or so Machines had Original HECC80/3 Control that did Not have Bubble Memory and Features of Later HECC80/302 Control, though most were
Upgraded in the Field to HECC80/302 Status.
1982 - 1985 At about Machine Serial Number s/n 030, Machines all got the Improved HECC80/302 Control which added Bubble-Memory for System & Used Program Storage and many more Operator-User & Troubleshooting Features. At about s/n 045 Machines received improved Heavy-Duty Turret Drive, as early Drives were weak Mechanically.
At about s/n 067, Machines received much improved "3A" Servo Drives
I would prefer a Machine that was above s/n 067.
1985 - 1986 At s/n 200, there were many more Mechanical and Control Upgrades made to further improve reliability. In-House at Strippit, it was referred to as the "Reliability" Machine, and used HECC80/302A Control. These were Final HECC80 FC1000/3 Machines, and were the Best of HECC80 Breed.
1985 - 1988 At about s/n 260, HECC80 Control was dropped and replaced with
Fanuc "General Numeric" GN6. Fanuc Controls were reliable, but Strippit was still learning to use them, and there were "Bugs" in Early Versions of these Machines.
First Strippit Machine to have Auto-Index Stations, as No HECC80 Control ever had A/I.
1988 - 1989 Fanuc GN6 Control & D.C. Servo Drives were replaced with New Fanuc OP Control and more reliable A.C. Servo Drives. Around 1987, Strippit quit mounting Fanuc Control on Machine Frame, and moved it Off to Stand-Alone on Left of Machine
because, Duh, Electronics do Not like being Shaken-Apart by Punch Vibration.
FC1000/3 Machines set The Standard, in their Day, for Speed & Accuracy & Ease of Use, as HECC80/3 Control Versions are Very User Friendly. Some Electronic Parts are becoming hard to find, but Machine Technologies has All Electronic Parts. Here are Some FC1000/3 Problems & Fixes. I would avoid Early (below s/n 067) Machines, But
Late HECC80/3 and All Fanuc Control Versions are very Reliable & Good Machines.