Tool Monitoring Adaptive Control

Our Tool Monitoring Adaptive Control (TMAC) system protects your CNC machine while providing valuable information about your cutting process. TMAC reduces the high costs associated with broken tools, lost production, and rejected parts by effectively measuring tool wear in real time. It operates on the principle that the power required to cut a part increases as the tool’s cutting edges deteriorate.


The “Adaptive” control feature of TMAC reduces cycle time and optimizes cutting time under changing cutting conditions to improve tool life.

TOOL MONITORING

TMAC maximizes tool life by monitoring true power, not guessing with cycle count or time in cut.

  • Protects your CNC machine and tools
  • Determines when tools are worn or broken
  • Immediate machine stop and retract when a tool breaks to minimize damage
  • Remote notification of machine alarms
  • Scalable sensitivity for more accurate sensor resolution
  • Real-time data viewer
  • Click on any point in the viewer to inspect CNC axis positions and program line number
  • Time stamps all monitored events
  • Graphical display of cutting data for analysis
  • Excellent for unattended operation

ADAPTIVE CONTROL

Adaptive Control regulates feedrates to maintain a constant spindle motor power for optimum cutting and reduced cycle time.

  • Automatically adjusts the feedrate for each tool to maintain a constant power in the cut
  • Eliminates the need for manual adjustment
  • Allows the tool to always cut at its optimum power
  • Adjusts for varying cutting conditions
  • Typical cycle time savings of 20% – 60%
  • Reduces cost of consumable tooling by increasing tool life
  • The “advanced” adaptive control option is even more robust for low RPM cutting

WITH & WITHOUT ADAPTIVE CONTROL

 WITH & WITHOUT TMAC 

For Multi-Tasking Machines

    

  • Monitors multiple paths simultaneously
  • Can be equipped with micro tool sensors to monitor very small tools
  • Uses accelerometers to monitor machine and tool vibration
  • Includes several additional applications to allow easier setup and unattended operation
  • Adaptive control for each process

Accelerometer/Vibration Sensor

Micro Tool Sensor

Coolant Flow

Spindle Speed

Coolant Pressure

 Accepts input from a spindle encoder or proximity switch to accurately measure spindle speed independent of the CNC control. 

BEARING ANALYSIS

TMAC monitors spindle bearing health.  A CEI vibration sensor is  attached to the spindle, hardwired to TMAC, and the bearing analysis is  initiated in the CNC part program.  Results are displayed within 5  seconds and TMAC saves reports to a file for analysis.  The vibration  signal is analyzed for acceleration to detect the health of the  bearings, and velocity to detect misalignment, imbalance, and looseness. 

WHAT ABOUT THE DATA?

REAL TIME TMAC STATUS IN THE DASHBOARD

 Scytec’s DataXchange application integrates with TMAC so you can  easily view the status of all your TMAC systems on a shop floor and  analyze the data. 

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Ovation Engineering, Inc.

(586) 336-1590