Caron Engineering Inc  

116 Willie Hill Rd
Wells,  ME  04090

United States
  • Booth: 5359

Caron Engineering is a leader in tool monitoring, automation, and process control systems for manufacturing. Their growing product line of smart technology combines high-precision sensors with advanced monitoring capability to reduce cycle times, promote unattended operation, eliminate human-error, drive down tooling costs, and minimize expensive damage to machines and work-holding.

Products include:

ToolConnectA customizable tool data management system that reads and processes RFID and 2D barcode data and updates offsets automatically, without any data-entry or interaction with the CNC control. ToolConnect reduces setup time and eliminates human error by automating the tool load process.

TMAC 3.0 Real-time tool wear and breakage detection system with adaptive control feed rate optimization capability. TMAC maximizes tool life, reduces cycle time, and allows unattended operation.

AutoCompProcesses electronic gauge data and calculates and compensates tool offsets in the CNC control automatically; providing fast, error-free tool offset control.

DTect-IT: A CNC sensor analysis system used to detect and correct anomalies occuring in the normal machining process. Prominant applications include vibration analysis, bar feeder vibration detection, bearing analysis, signature analysis, and surface roughness detection.

MiConnect Technology: A flexible application builder used by our integration specialists to design custom automation and process control solutions that are unique to a manufacturer's operations.

CEI Smart LightIntuitive status light system with over 1000 available modes and programmable audible alarm; to indicate any machine status or condition.

 Press Releases

  • Programming for custom automation solutions and communication for CNC related processes has always been very challenging and machine-specific due to customized coding and unique rigid infrastructure. Well, Caron Engineering’s new software innovation intends to make programming custom manufacturing applications that much simpler.

    Introducing MiConnect Technology, a flexible and customizable application builder specifically designed for the CNC manufacturing environment. MiConnect makes it possible for our integration specialists to efficiently develop unique manufacturing applications for our customers without the need for custom coding.

    From a simple operation of parsing a single piece of meaningful data to handling all inter-device communication across a fully automated cell, MiConnect can easily be configured for your desired process and flow. The graphical programming of the software makes it easy to tailor applications and adapt to changing requirements. And, with the continually growing inventory of pre-built drivers (CNC’s, robots, barcode scanners, I/O, Modbus, files, SQL, REST API, etc.) and numerous building blocks of operations, it allows our integration specialists to seamlessly customize any application for the customer.

    MiConnect Technology powers solutions such as, direct interfacing for automation systems to communicate with the CNC control, extracting any required information from the CNC, inputting external devices (such as RFID, barcode, files), reading and writing system parameters, parsing and extracting data, controlling human process interaction, minimizing operator decision making, and adding systemized securities. Perhaps you need to verify the operator has successfully loaded the correct tooling or to export probe data from a part program. Maybe you want to completely remove any operator interaction from a production cell and have it run lights out. MiConnect Technology is the solution.  

    Once designed and implemented by our integration specialists, this sophisticated technology allows manufacturers to control their processes by directing the user through the proper operational steps and has the fast capability of extracting any necessary data from the CNC. The inherent audit log records every step, action and data exchange which is logged with a date and time stamp. This data is available locally or via MTConnect and is valuable for quality control and process verification. The intelligible HMI is designed to guide the user through any required steps and confirm successful completion before advancing to the next step of the manufacturing process. Screens can be added to show messages and confirmations to better assist the operator through the interaction.

    “MiConnect Technology was developed to streamline processes for an advanced manufacturing environment. The variety of CNC machines, automation systems, and useful data is unique to each manufacturer’s operations. Prior to MiConnect, programming these devices to communicate and extracting unique datasets, or guiding and verifying operator processes required excessive coding time and customization. Furthermore, if the programs ever needed to be adjusted, it relied on the original programmer to make these corrections. In an ever-growing age of automation, MiConnect is the essential tool kit to build custom applications in a fraction of the time,” said Rob Caron, PE, President of Caron Engineering.

    Caron Engineering has a large network of qualified integration specialists to help build these custom solutions for their customers. Learn more about MiConnect Technology.

    For more information, contact:

    Caron Engineering, Inc.

    116 Willie Hill Rd.

    Wells, ME  04090


  • Caron Engineering has added in-process surface roughness measurement to the suite of applications for their DTect-IT product. 

    DTect-IT is a versatile CNC sensor analysis system that takes in data from a multitude of high-precision sensors. The surface roughness measurement application uses the Blum-Novotest TC64 RG Digilog Probe as the sensor input in DTect-IT to analyze the surface of a part.

    Surface roughness measurement verifies the surface finish result. The ability to have automated in-machine surface roughness measurement gives manufacturers the fast capability to measure every part for optimum finish.  This technology also gives insight to cutter health by looking at the surface finish each time a tool cuts.

    For the analysis, the CNC program scans the surface of a part with the probe stylus. The TC64 probe uses a 10um radius tip to provide high-resolution scanning. The DTect-IT software collects the scanned data from the probe, and using NIST traceable algorithms, calculates the surface roughness.

    The roughness report is displayed on the DTect-IT HMI (Human Machine Interface) immediately following the probe scan. DTect-IT handles all required filtering and allows the user to set scanning parameters based on the type of surface finish being measured.  Results can be metric or imperial and include Ra, Rz, Rsm and Rmax.

    “Before this technology became available, the only way to measure surface finish was to remove the part and use a special surface roughness gauge which proved both time-consuming and challenging to accurately measure all surfaces of the part.  This new technology allows in-machine measurement, and because the probe can be oriented to any angle, it can scan any surface the machine can access”, said Rob Caron, President of Caron Engineering.

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    For more information, contact:

    Caron Engineering, Inc.

    116 Willie Hill Rd.

    Wells, ME  04090