Monitoring System Protects Tools, Processes

Marposs Corp.

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Marposs Corp. introduced its new-generation Artis CTM V6 tool and process monitoring system. Aligned in-process monitoring enables the system to safeguard and optimize complex production processes, the company says. In the basic installation, the system is interfaced with the machine control and accepts inputs from various measuring transducers. A sensor-less digital torque adaptor (DTA) captures drive data for evaluation of the spindle torque and feed axis. Additional or alternative sensors are available for measuring strain and force, true power, torque, vibration and acceleration, acoustic emission, and standard power or voltage signals.

Optionally, the CTM system can provide adaptive control for adjusting the feed speed to compensate for material deviations. This function protects both the machine and tool under high load by reducing the feed force, Marposs says.

According to the company, benefits of the system include comprehensive protection of tools and machines; process optimization; lower unit costs through reduced rejects; perfect adjustment, even in complex processes; and seamlessly documented component quality. The flexible interface is designed for problem-free integration within a variety of environments, from entry solutions with no fieldbus connections to branched Ethernet architectures such as Profinet, Ethernet/IP and Modbus.