The TMAC 3.0 tool monitoring adaptive control system uses customized sensors for power, vibration, or strain to measure tool wear. The system learns the cut, allowing the operator to visualize actual cutting to make adjustments.

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. Direct interface with the CNC allows machines to run unattended.

A web-based user interface has customizable user views with a dynamic display that can be accessed from any device (including smart phones) and monitors multiple processes, even multiple machine channels simultaneously.

TMAC adaptive control overrides the machine tool feed rate to make automatic adjustments based on the cutting power load of the tool. The system increases feed rates with low power cuts and decreases feed rates with high power cuts and as tools wear. Adjusting feed rates optimizes the cutting process, extends tool life, and reduces cycle times up to 60%.

Caron Engineering Inc.
IMTS 2018 Booth #135636

Chip, scrap removal conveyor

The MunchMan II conveyor chip and scrap removal conveyor manages long, stringy, and bird’s nest chips generated by high-speed turning and milling operations. It employs a twin-belt conveyor arrangement at the lower curve and through the incline and chip discharge areas of the system. The primary and secondary belts run in unison to grab hold of chips, compress them, and securely carry them up steep inclines, eliminating the risk of conveyor jams caused by chip balls tumbling at the lower curve or jamming in the conveyor incline section.

The MunchMan II can be designed to fit into most CNC lathes and machining centers and has little or no effect on the space required vs. traditional single-belt chip conveyors.

Jorgensen Conveyors Inc.
IMTS 2018 Booth #121107

Force/torque sensor

The Axia80 force/torque sensor measures all six components of force and torque and offers stiffness, resolution, and accuracy. The monolithic instrumented transducer also features built-in electronics and silicon strain gages. The sensor connects directly to the robot controller and communicates through EtherCAT or Ethernet. The Axia80 is designed for robotic assembly, grinding, and polishing applications.

ATI Industrial Automation
IMTS 2018 Booth #236417