Caron Engineering’s newest product, DTect-IT, might just be the cost-effective breakthrough manufacturers are looking for to assess the health of their machines. Simple to install, the USB sensors can attach to any area of concern on your CNC machine, and the sensor data is instantly graphed on a display PC. This application runs standalone or integrates with the CNC control, allows the user to set limits, and connects to any Windows PC with an available USB port.
The motivation for developing this application stemmed from customers’ need to easily detect bar feeder vibration near the main spindle on a lathe. If a bent bar is introduced to the bar feeder, it will have excessive vibration. Using DTect-IT and attaching the vibration sensor somewhere near the main spindle, the vibration can be detected. The vibration level can be sent to the CNC control in a macro variable to be interrogated. If vibration is excessive, the spindle RPM can be reduced until the vibration level is acceptable to make good parts. If the RPM has to be reduced too much, and parts cannot be cut, an alarm can be generated to inform an operator to remove the bar. DTect-IT can help save valuable time and money by eliminating manufacturing bad parts from a bent bar.
Detecting bar feeder vibration is only the beginning for this new application. DTect-IT can monitor vibration of any part of the machine tool or fixture to detect vibration irregularities anywhere on the CNC machine.
DTECT-IT ADDITIONAL ANALYSIS MODES:
BEARING ANALYSIS - By measuring spindle vibration, DTect-IT can monitor bearing health for analysis. The vibration signal is analyzed for (1) acceleration signature which indicates the health of the bearings, and the (2) velocity signature which detects misalignment, imbalance, or looseness. This application will generate and save reports over time for analysis.
FAULT DETECTION - Using a vibration sensor, DTect-IT will recognize when set control limits are exceeded, identifying an excessive condition (i.e. machine impact, overheating, extreme vibration. This application indicates and time-stamps machine faults, and records data on either side of the fault for future analysis. Upper and lower limit latching will ensure alarms are not missed. Includes optional security setting that will require a password on alarm reset or settings adjustment.
FORCE MONITORING - Strain gauge sensors can be connected and used to measure very small amounts of force. This can be used to monitor the force of machine tools or components so that corrective action may be taken.
Founded in 1986, Caron Engineering, Inc. is an aggressive, energetic company where keeping current with today’s emerging technologies is not just a business, it’s a passion.
Located in Wells, ME, Caron Engineering develops advanced hardware and software solutions for more intelligent machining; focusing on unattended operation, machine process diagnostics, cycle time reduction, and eliminating operator error.
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Caron Engineering, Inc.
1931 Sanford Rd.
Wells, ME 04090