Caron Engineering Inc

116 Willie Hill Rd
Wells,  ME  04090

United States
207-646-6071
https://www.caroneng.com
  • Booth: 5432

CARON ENGINEERING INCdevelops CNC optimization solutions to improve performance, productivity and profitability for the metalworking manufacturing industry. Caron's product line of smart technologies include: 

TMAC- Tool Monitoring Adaptive Control system is a total machine health and condition monitoring system. TMAC maximizes tool life, reduces cycle time, allows unattended operation and stops extreme conditions in their tracks. With the new web-based UI, users can access TMAC anytime, anywhere, and from any device (including smart phones).

AutoComp - Processes gauge data and updates tool offsets automatically; providing fast, error-free tool offset control.

DTect-IT Detects irregularities anywhere on your CNC machine using custom USB sensors including vibration, strain, power, & analog. 

ToolConnect - Reduces setup time and eliminates human error by automatically transferring tool presetter data from RFID tags in tool holders to the machine control.

SmartLight This intuitive status light system has over 1000 available modes and programmable audible alarm; to indicate any machine status or condition.

www.caroneng.com


 Press Releases

  • Caron Engineering develops CNC machine optimization solutions that are essential for any Smart Factory.  They are excited to introduce their newest Tool Monitoring Adaptive Control system…TMAC 3.0. TMAC monitors tools using customized sensors for power, vibration, or strain to measure tool wear.  TMAC learns the cut, allowing the operator to visualize the actual cutting to make the necessary adjustments to run at optimum efficiency.

    By measuring tool wear in real-time, TMAC will automatically expire a tool if excessive wear is detected (and can signal a redundant tool) or immediately stop the machine and retract the tool in the event of breakage. This direct interface with the CNC control allows machines to run unattended.

    The new TMAC 3.0 offers an intuitive user interface designed to handle the complexity of the software while providing simplicity for the user.  The web-based UI has completely customizable user views with a dynamic display that can be accessed from any device (including smart phones) and allows monitoring multiple processes and even multiple machine channels simultaneously. 

    TMAC can optimize almost any cutting operation but also mitigates specific manufacturing challenges with difficult to machine materials, such as hard aerospace components.  Typically, programmers must plan for the worst material condition, which leads to lengthy cycle times and accelerated tool wear.  This is especially true with aerospace components since they are machined from alloys and composite materials, and from either a casting or forging or single solid block of material.  TMAC Adaptive Control overrides the machine tool feedrate to automatically make adjustments based on the cutting power load of the tool.  Thus, TMAC is increasing the feedrate with low power cuts and decreasing with high power cuts and as tools wear.  By making real-time adaptive control feedrate adjustments TMAC optimizes the entire cutting process, extends tool life, and reduces cycle time up to 60%. 

    TMAC collects a large amount of data for analysis.  It utilizes a separate high-speed processor capable of quickly processing data from multiple different sensors including power, vibration, strain, coolant pressure, coolant flow, and spindle speed.  Users can overlay cutting data to compare cuts, interrogate alarms and events, access historical tool wear data, inspect CNC position data, and even analyze bearing health with the bearing analysis feature. 

    Typical installation time for TMAC is one day or less. This can vary slightly depending on the number of sensor options and monitoring capacity the customer requires.  Standard training is two days to learn the system, though more can be added at the customer’s request.  There is also free online training for TMAC, which is also built into the software, so customers can have training and tutorials at their fingertips.  Customers often see a ROI within the first three months of implementing the system.

    Caron Engineering, Inc.
    116 Willie Hill Rd.
    Wells, ME 04090 

    207-646-6071

    marketing@caroneng.com 

    www.caroneng.com

  • Caron Engineering’s latest version of ToolConnect is a more robust version of their tool identification and data transfer system. ToolConnect is a retrofit hardware and software package for machine tools that eliminates human error and reduces setup time by automating the transfer of CNC tool data to and from the control.

    ToolConnect uses RFID tags, embedded in tool holders. Utilizing a tool presetter, the measurement data is written to the RFID tag. The tool is then placed in a custom RFID read station at the machine, and the data is read by ToolConnect. ToolConnect automatically updates tool offsets to the control. When machining is complete all tool life information is updated back to the RFID tag, which can be read anywhere. ToolConnect eliminates the need for a post processor.

    This latest version of ToolConnect has a new flexible design which is completely customizable. The system is built specifically to the customers’ requirements, from the (drag and drop) design of the UI to the overall process and functionality of the system. And with the new web-based interface, the UI can be displayed on any connected PC.

    As an added benefit to the user, ToolConnect can now be programmed remotely. As the user requires more functionality from the system, new features can be added without waiting for an on-site service call.

    For more information, contact:

    Caron Engineering, Inc.
    116 Willie Hill Rd.
    Wells, ME 04090

    207-646-6071

    marketing@caroneng.com

    www.caroneng.com

  • Caron Engineering, Inc., 

    Product Preview – EASTEC 2019

    BOOTH #5432

    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

    207-646-6071

    marketing@caroneng.com

    www.caroneng.com


 Products

  • TMAC 3.0
    Caron Engineering's Tool Monitoring Adaptive Control (TMAC) system monitors tools using sensors for power, vibration, or strain to measure tool wear in real-time to maximize tool life and prevent breakage....

  • Caron Engineering develops CNC machine optimization solutions that are essential for any Smart Factory.  They are excited to introduce their newest Tool Monitoring Adaptive Control system…TMAC 3.0. TMAC monitors tools using customized sensors for power, vibration, or strain to measure tool wear.  TMAC learns the cut, allowing the operator to visualize the actual cutting to make the necessary adjustments to run at optimum efficiency.

    By measuring tool wear in real-time, TMAC will automatically expire a tool if excessive wear is detected (and can signal a redundant tool) or immediately stop the machine and retract the tool in the event of breakage. This direct interface with the CNC control allows machines to run unattended.

    The new TMAC 3.0 offers an intuitive user interface designed to handle the complexity of the software while providing simplicity for the user.  The web-based UI has completely customizable user views with a dynamic display that can be accessed from any device (including smart phones) and allows monitoring multiple processes and even multiple machine channels simultaneously. 

    TMAC can optimize almost any cutting operation but also mitigates specific manufacturing challenges with difficult to machine materials, such as hard aerospace components.  Typically, programmers must plan for the worst material condition, which leads to lengthy cycle times and accelerated tool wear.  This is especially true with aerospace components since they are machined from alloys and composite materials, and from either a casting or forging or single solid block of material.  TMAC Adaptive Control overrides the machine tool feedrate to automatically make adjustments based on the cutting power load of the tool.  Thus, TMAC is increasing the feedrate with low power cuts and decreasing with high power cuts and as tools wear.  By making real-time adaptive control feedrate adjustments TMAC optimizes the entire cutting process, extends tool life, and reduces cycle time up to 60%. 

    TMAC collects a large amount of data for analysis.  It utilizes a separate high-speed processor capable of quickly processing data from multiple different sensors including power, vibration, strain, coolant pressure, coolant flow, and spindle speed.  With multiple sensor options and high speed processing, TMAC can monitor the total health and condition of the machine. Users can overlay cutting data to compare cuts, interrogate alarms and events, access historical tool wear data, inspect CNC position data, and even analyze bearing health with the bearing analysis feature. All Caron Engineering products are MTConnect compliant allowing seamless communication with OEE software.

    Typical installation time for TMAC is one day or less. This can vary slightly depending on the number of sensor options and monitoring capacity the customer requires.  Standard training is two days to learn the system, though more can be added at the customer’s request.  There is also free online training for TMAC, which is also built into the software, so customers can have training and tutorials at their fingertips.  Customers often see a ROI within the first three months of implementing the system.

  • ToolConnect
    ToolConnect is a retrofit hardware and software package for machine tools that eliminates human error and reduces setup time by automating the transfer of CNC tool data to and from the control....

  • Caron Engineering’s latest version of ToolConnect is a more robust version of their tool identification and data transfer system. ToolConnect is a retrofit hardware and software package for machine tools that eliminates human error and reduces setup time by automating the transfer of CNC tool data to and from the control. 

    ToolConnect uses RFID tags, embedded in tool holders. Utilizing a tool presetter, the measurement data is written to the RFID tag. The tool is then placed in a custom RFID read station at the machine, and the data is read by ToolConnect. ToolConnect automatically updates tool offsets to the control. When machining is complete all tool life information is updated back to the RFID tag, which can be read anywhere. ToolConnect eliminates the need for a post processor.

    This latest version of ToolConnect has a new flexible design which is completely customizable. The system is built specifically to the customers’ requirements, from the (drag and drop) design of the UI to the overall process and functionality of the system. And with the new web-based interface, the UI can be displayed on any connected PC. 

    As an added benefit to the user, ToolConnect can now be programmed remotely. As the user requires more functionality from the system, new features can be added without waiting for an on-site service call.

  • LC50 DIGILOG
    The Blum-Novotest LC50-DIGILOG laser measuring system is a ground-breaking system that has been completely redeveloped to revolutionize and future-proof the speed, precision and in-process reliability of tool measurement in machine tools....

  • LC50-DIGILOG – Reinventing laser measuring technology 

    Blum-Novotest presents the new laser measuring system LC50-DIGILOG at EASTEC 2019 (Booth 5432). The LC50-DIGILOG is a ground-breaking system that has been completely redeveloped to revolutionise and future-proof the speed, precision and in-process reliability of tool measurement in machine tools. 

    One of the highlights of the system is the newly implemented DIGILOG technology. Whereas the proven digital/switching laser measuring systems by BLUM using NT technology only generate a small number of signals for recording measurements, the new LC50-DIGILOG generates many thousands of measurement values per second. Thanks to the new technology precision, speed and in-process reliability have been enhanced to a never before imagined level.

    The compact BLUM smartDock represents another world-first. This innovative standard interface serves as the basis for all new support systems and contains all the necessary pneumatic valves in addition to the electrical, mechanical and pneumatic connections between the machine and laser measuring system.

    The many new ideas implemented by the BLUM developers in the LC50-DIGILOG have resulted in impressive advantages for users: Firstly, measurement and testing times have been shortened by up to 60 percent. In addition, the optics in the system were further improved so that the new generation achieves an absolute accuracy that is better than all comparable measuring systems thanks to an optimised beam shape and a 30 percent smaller focus diameter.