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Smart Technology for Lights-Out Machining

At IMTS 2022, Caron Engineering will feature its latest technologies for automation, cycle time reduction, unmanned operations and total process monitoring and control for tool loading, offset adjustment and more. The company will demonstrate a fully automated (lights-out) manufacturing process on a Tsugami TMA8 outfitted with its technology.

The highlighted Caron Engineering technology will include:

  • ToolConnect: Before cutting, Caron Engineering's tool data management system, ToolConnect, will automate the process of loading tools into the machine. ToolConnect reads and processes presetter written RFID tags and 2D printed barcode tags to automatically update tool information directly to the CNC control, and further prevent a wrong tool from being loaded into the machine.
  • TMAC: During cutting, the adaptive tool monitoring system, TMAC, will optimize the cutting process by measuring tool wear and detecting breakage in real time, while simultaneously monitoring tool and spindle vibration. Using the live cutting data, adaptive control will adjust feedrates in real time to optimize the tool in the cut.
  • DTect-IT Software will extract data from a Blum scanning probe to analyze the surface of the part and determine any dimensional anomalies.
  • Blum LC50 Digilog laser will measure the rotating tools on the machine using the state-of-the-art Digilog technology, which provides advanced tool measuring and analysis.
  • MiConnect Technology: Its latest innovation, MiConnect technology, by way of its flowchart style programming, will control the interaction between the CNC control, a Universal Robot and a Sylvac Scan25 vision gauge.
  • AutoComp software will automatically process the measurement data from the vision gauge to calculate and compensate offsets in the control. AutoComp can process measurement data from almost any electronic gauging device.

"Caron Engineering's products are unique in the fact they can interface with nearly any CNC machine tool on the market, be customized for almost any application and its high precision sensors are infinitely scalable to accommodate all types of cutting. These solutions run standalone or work together to successfully remove operator error and confidently run unattended operations," said a company spokesperson.

For more information contact:

Caron Engineering, Inc.

116 Willie Hill Rd.

Wells, ME 04090


IMTS East Building, Level 3

Booth 135736

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