Click image to enlarge

Fanuc Factory Automation (Fanuc FA America) has developed the iLimitS CNC software option that provides machine process monitoring including spindle load, spindle speed and up to four coolant flow devices.

The software monitors the process and protects the machine, parts and fixtures. If an abnormal process is detected, a warning can be displayed or an alarm will stop the process before damaging the machine. It is seamlessly integrated into the CNC, so no external PC  is required.

The software includes real-time monitoring of the spindle load, spindle speed and coolant flow from up to 4 different coolant sources.

"iLimitS provides real-time monitoring of the machine and part to protect them from abnormal conditions”, states Paul Webster, engineering manager at Fanuc FA America.  Monitoring parameters are provided so that warning and alarm thresholds have a time delay before alarm and tolerances can all be set. iLimitS samples the process at a rate of <48ms – this provides superior resolution and reaction time for abnormal process detection. The sampled data is compared to the user defined threshold settings and when a violation is detected, the machine interface (PMC) is signaled to stop the machining process. In the situation of an alarm, the operator must clear the condition before machining is allowed to resume. A macro interrupt mode is also provided that allows for a customer designated macro program to execute in the event of a monitoring alarm condition.  This allows the customer to take corrective actions programmatically or even send a text report of the condition for traceability.

iLimitS is set through parameter settings and activated by macro calls within the part program, this allows for a high degree of flexibility for the operator and programmer.  "iLimitS is seamlessly integrated into the FANUC CNC and provides a high degree of operational flexibility from basic spindle abnormal load monitoring to load, speed and coolant monitoring with macro interrupt”, states Webster. Since it is embedded into the CNC itself, no external sensors are required when using a Fanuc serial spindle interface.  For analog spindles and coolant monitoring, external sensors can be added as needed for the application.

The software meets the stringent GE Aviation P11TF12 specification requirements.  Additionally, it supports a wide range of applications from simple spindle loading monitoring to extensive process control and traceability. The intuitive user interface screens are integrated seamlessly into the CNC and provide access to all setup and monitoring information without the need for an external computer or extra hardware.

Fanuc FA America

 

 

SIMILAR ARTICLES
MANAGING THROUGH CRISIS

Default Image

Global Shop Solutions ERP software helps manufacturers on the front lines

Global Shop Solutions ERP software helps manufacturers on the front lines Global Shop Solutions continues to operate at full speed remotely while…

Adapting to Current Times

Adapting to Current Times Together we can work for a brighter future. Article submitted by Heinman Machinery Ltd. Through this crisis, Heinman is…

Retooling and Prioritizing Medical Equipment

Retooling and Prioritizing Medical Equipment THINBIT® has always excelled at making custom tools and this crisis has shown this ability to be a…

TRUMPF Inc. Remains Close to Customers

TRUMPF Inc. Remains Close to Customers Given the obstacles brought on by COVID-19, TRUMPF has shifted business to a more digital means of…

EMAG uses 3D Printing to Fight COVID-19!

EMAG uses 3D Printing to Fight COVID-19! We've been working hard to implement safety measures to keep our team healthy when we return to work. There…

OSG CANADA Has Solutions for Medical Equipment

OSG CANADA Has Solutions for Medical Equipment Recognizing the urgent requirements of Canadian manufacturers as they pivot their production to…

EMEC experts are available

EMEC experts are available If you are experiencing any technical issues, we are available to assist you via telephone, email or video conferencing!…

Prima Industrie Presents [email protected]

Prima Industrie Presents [email protected] The Group's new streaming platform is born, designed to offer events, demos, webinars, presentations, courses,…

Ferric keeps companies running during challenging times

Ferric keeps companies running during challenging times First set of two new Ferric-Ermak machines at their new home! Article submitted by Ferric…

CGTech is Still Here for You

CGTech is Still Here for You CGTech is open for business, and will continue to be there for you without disruption, just like we have been since…

Parts handling while social distancing

Parts handling while social distancing Thinking about how to comply with social distancing and still maintain or increase production? Article…
Extended reach scanning probe

Renishaw has launched an extended reach scanning probe for use with its Revo five axis measurement system on CMMs, the RSP3-6.

CGTech, Zoller partner for smarter tool management

CGTech, the developer of Vericut CNC verification and simulation software, and Zoller, a presetting and measuring machine manufacturer in the field of tool management, have announced a new product to better serve the customer base of the two companies.

HMC reduces floor space by 20%

Kitamura Machinery's new Mycenter-HX300iG is a new high speed compact #40 HMC that is 20 per cent smaller than the company's 400 mm and offers the same power, accuracy and reliability.

Smart metrology software

Mahr Federal has upgraded its software platform for its surface metrology systems. MarWin 4.5 offers increased functionality and ease of use, a range of new features, and a series of options for specific applications. The new platform is available on new systems and as an upgrade to all MarSurf XR, XC, XCR, and XT instruments.

Three axis auto vision system

The L.S. Starrett Company has introduced the AV450 Automatic Vision System.

New design Toolmakers' microscopes

Mitutoyo has released the new TM microscope series with new features and an ergonomic design.

Gold insert line extended

Walter has announced several extensions to its Tiger·tec Gold inserts.

Better clamping with new toolholding system

Rego-Fix's new slim-nose powRgrip 6 series and new secuRgrip tool-locking option and expanded line of HSK 40 E holders will further enhance the capabilities of the company’s existing poweRgrip toolholding system.

Expanded grooving range for CNC lathes, turning centres

Tungaloy has expanded its TetraMini-Cut series grooving tool range for Swiss type machines wit new insert lines for CNC lathes and turning centres.

Automatic vision system

The L.S. Starrett Company has introduced its AV450 Automatic Vision System.

Hydraulic chuck

The CoroChuck 903 from Sandvik Coromant is a hydraulic chuck for milling and drilling operations.

Heimatec releases new tooling for turning centre brands

Heimatec now offers live tooling for all popular models in the Hyundai, Miyano and Nakamura turning centre lines.

Intuitive display unit for linear scales

Mitutoyo Canada Inc.'s new KA-200 Counter is an updated display unit for linear scales with new features and functions that make it a good addition to manual machine retrofit packages, says the company.

Round insert for heavy duty roughing

The new Tiger-tec Silver HU6 is a round insert with a new geometry for medium to heavy duty roughing of solid railroad wheels and other forged parts.

Narrow width parting tools

The THINBIT product line, manufactured by Kaiser Tool Company, offers parting inserts in narrow widths.

Stay In Touch

twitter facebook linkedIn