Tool Monitoring Adaptive Control (TMAC) measures tool wear in real-time and uses Adaptive Control to automatically optimize feed rates through variations in material cutting; to maximize tool life and reduce cycle time.
Caron Engineering’s new adaptive tool monitoring system has a browser based user-interface for remote access to live monitoring and system control from any network connected device.
TMAC uses high-resolution sensor data to measure tool wear in real-time. Through direct interfacing with the CNC control, TMAC makes automatic and instantaneous corrective adjustments during cutting, without the need for human intervention. TMAC maximizes your investment in the entire machining process through optimization and the elimination of downtime, resulting in more profitability.
TMAC measures tool wear and detects breakage in real-time by monitoring true spindle motor power. TMAC learns the optimum power for each tool and cutting section, and compares it to the user defined limits to calculate wear as the tool is cutting. It operates on the principle that the power required to cut a part increases as the tool’s cutting edges deteriorate.
CNC machines are typically programmed for the safest feed rates to accommodate the worst machining and material conditions. TMAC adaptive control learns the optimum power for each tool and continuously maintains a constant tool load by automatically adjusting the feed rate in real-time. The result? Decreased cycle time, longer cutter life, and more machine uptime, especially with difficult to machine materials.
The new streamlined browser-based HMI allows users to access TMAC anytime, anywhere, and from any network connected device (including smart phones).
Multiple sensor channels can be monitored simultaneously
For instance, you can monitor power, vibration and coolant for a specific tool and section at the same time, and have unique limits for each sensor and channel.
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