Monitoring System Detects Vibration with USB Sensors
Caron Engineering’s DTect-IT monitoring system identifies machine irregularities using custom USB sensors.
Caron Engineering’s DTect-IT monitoring system identifies machine irregularities using custom USB sensors. DTect-IT is a Windows application that runs standalone or can be programmed to communicate with the CNC. It was originally developed to detect excessive vibration levels on bar feeders, but it can effectively detect vibration irregularities anywhere on a CNC machine tool or fixture, the company says. It can also monitor small amounts of force, or anything with a 0- to 10-V signal through the connection of an analog sensor.
DTect-IT has multiple monitoring modes including limit analysis, bearing analysis, fault detection and sensor data collection. At Eastec 2017, Caron will highlight the bearing analysis feature. A DTect-IT vibration sensor will be attached near the main spindle of a Swiss-type lathe to monitor spindle vibration and analyze the bearings between cutting.
According to the company, the versatile monitoring system provides valuable information about the health of a CNC machine, establishing a baseline of characteristics so users can detect irregularities before the machine is jeopardized.
MTConnect agents and their corresponding device adapters are simply small computer programs that work together so that MTConnect can make shop equipment and networks more readily connectible. In a nutshell, adapters enable existing shopfloor devices “to speak MTConnect,” and agents enable MTConnect messages and data files to be transmitted across a network to MTConnect-compatible applications.
A panel discussion at the recent Top Shops Conference focused on various points of view regarding the value of connecting machine tools to a network for monitoring performance and recording results. Because machine monitoring helps a shop make better decisions about manufacturing processes, it is a good example of data-driven manufacturing in action.
Having fully interactive access to shopfloor control software enables supervisors at metal finishing and repair job shop to monitor shop activities and make better decisions on the spot.