I am a newbe with CNC control and have lots of questions. I have started to research the architecture but am confused with the operator interface portion. I want to us a PC front end but I am getting conflicting information from various people. The main question I have is:

If I use a PC can I store the part program on the PC without the need for third party software (my part program will consist of the CNC motion code along with various other setpoints i.e., non-CNC related such as temperature and flow limits). I just want to be able to select and load the program through explorer-type navigation and have it load the CNC with the motion portion and the PLC with the setpoints portion.

Hopefully the question makes sense,

Thanks, Johnny