Caron Engineering, Inc.,
Product Preview – EASTEC 2019
CNC Machine Monitoring, Optimization, and Control
At EASTEC 2019, Caron Engineering is set to officially release a new version of their flagship Tool Monitoring Adaptive Control system, TMAC 3.0. TMAC not only monitors tool wear and breakage, but with the numerous sensor options and dedicated high-speed processor, TMAC is capable of real-time machine tool condition monitoring, optimization, and control.
Caron Engineering’s booth #5432 will feature a live cutting demo on a Tsugami vertical machining center. The Tsugami will be outfitted with Caron Engineering’s product suite of solutions optimizing the machining process before, during, and after cutting. Their newest TMAC system (TMAC 3.0) will be monitoring the spindle power, to detect tool wear and breakage. They will be using the adaptive control feature of TMAC to automatically make real-time feedrate adjustments through variations in material cutting, thereby maximizing tool life and reducing cycle time.
Caron Engineering’s TMAC system was initially developed in 1990 and has become a market leader in tool monitoring by uniquely monitoring true motor power instead of current (as is common of most tool monitoring systems). Its ability to make real-time feedrate adjustments through variations in material using adaptive control is a feature that has been coveted by many CNC manufacturing industries to boost production.
TMAC has a dedicated high-speed processor. The CNC control only allows a small amount of processing power for applications like tool monitoring and adaptive control. By using a separate processor, TMAC handles a large number of high-speed sensors simultaneously, allowing instant reaction and correction to conditions through real-time CNC machine interfacing.
TMAC version 3.0 has a more intuitive interface, and the processor houses its own web-server to allow remote real-time monitoring from any network connected device (including smart phones). The views are completely customizable for monitoring multiple channels simultaneously. Users can also access all instances of TMAC on a shop floor from a single browser.
Caron Engineering’s multi-range sensors allow TMAC to automatically scale the display to the appropriate monitoring range, for optimal sensor resolution. In addition to power, TMAC can monitor tool wear and breakage using vibrations sensors, and even embed strain gauge sensors in micro tools to monitor the slightest cutting operations. Additionally, TMAC can monitor coolant flow, coolant pressure, and spindle speed.
All events and historical data are automatically saved and can be exported for analysis. Using the TMAC viewer, users can overlay cutting data to compare cuts, interrogate alarms and events, access historical tool wear data, and even analyze bearing health with the bearing analysis feature.
Caron Engineering’s MTConnect Manager enables data collection from TMAC (and all other Caron Engineering products), to easily communicate with any shop floor automation software that supports the MTConnect protocol.
Caron Engineering’s newest version of their ToolConnect system will also be exhibited on the Tsugami VMC. ToolConnect automatically transfers tool measurement data from a tool presetter to the CNC control using RFID technology. A tool presetter is used to write the measurement data to a RFID tag embedded in the tool holder. The tool is then placed at a Caron Engineering custom read station, installed on or near the machine, where the measurement data is read by ToolConnect, and the geometry offsets are automatically adjusted in the CNC control. “The demand for ToolConnect has been exceeding our expectations. Customers are realizing the significant benefits of having a system in place that automatically loads the tool offsets to the control and eliminates the possibility of operators loading the incorrect tool or inputting the wrong data,” said President of Caron Engineering, Rob Caron.
Tool Connect offers additional value by reducing setup time. Each ToolConnect systems is uniquely customized to meet the customer’s tool load specifications. ToolConnect is capable of automatically indexing the correct magazine position (machine dependent). When the tool is unloaded, the offsets are updated to the RFID tag.
Another one of Caron Engineering’s optimization solutions you will see in action at EASTEC is their AutoComp software. AutoComp can process measurement data from almost any electronic gauging device, calculate the necessary offset adjustments, and automatically make the adjustments to the CNC control. AutoComp requires no manually data-entry after setup, which saves time and eliminates a substantial margin for human error. Caron Engineering will feature a gauging center to show how multiple different gauging devices (including CMMs and vision systems) work seamlessly with their AutoComp product.
DTect-IT, a USB sensor monitoring system developed by Caron Engineering to effectively monitor any area of concern on a CNC machine tool or fixture, will have a full demo showing its monitoring versatility. With multiple sensor compatibility (including power, vibration, strain) users can monitor extreme conditions, run bearing analysis, analyze frequencies, and much more.
As a distributor of Blum-Novotest products in the Northeast, they will also have demonstrations of the newest Blum laser measurement technology and machine tool probing.
Caron Engineering, Inc.
116 Willie Hill Rd.
Wells, ME 04090