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Machine tool sensors / IOT ?

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    Machine tool sensors / IOT ?


    Ok, a bit of a long shot on a motorcycle forum, but I know a bunch of you are involved in various I.T. departments. I am looking for innovative approaches to collecting machine tool status from older machine tools that do not have smart controls. Something along the idea of clamp-on current transducers so we don't have to cut into control systems with electricians and plumbers trying to install a bunch of components. Does anyone have experience with any magic black box or nifty IOT sensors that are working out well for you ?

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    Re: Machine tool sensors / IOT ?

    There are a number of companies who specialize in that. Caron Engineering is one and local to New England.

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    Re: Machine tool sensors / IOT ?

    Do you have any background in programmable logic controllers (PLC) and are the machines accessible to an Ethernet drop? If so an Allen-Bradley Micrologix controller would probably do the trick.
    - What specific points (analog, digital) do you want to monitor
    - How frequently do you want to sample (read) the sensors
    - What are you pushing the data to

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    Re: Machine tool sensors / IOT ?

    Depending on your input/output (IO) count, speed of the process and budget this class of controller works well for small applications. All the 1100 series have onboard Ethernet. The 800 series its an option on the larger units. Pretty easy to program.

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    Re: Machine tool sensors / IOT ?

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    Re: Machine tool sensors / IOT ?

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    I was thinking the same thing. The amount of random knowledge on this forum blows my mind.
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    Re: Machine tool sensors / IOT ?

    Quote Originally Posted by SprintPoser View Post
    There are a number of companies who specialize in that. Caron Engineering is one and local to New England.

    Tool Monitoring Adaptive Control - TMAC MP - Caron Engineering
    Nice tip - thanks. This might work for some of our CNC-based control systems. I think Caron is in Wells, ME? I'll have to research this.

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    Re: Machine tool sensors / IOT ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 02redhawk View Post
    Depending on your input/output (IO) count, speed of the process and budget this class of controller works well for small applications. All the 1100 series have onboard Ethernet. The 800 series its an option on the larger units. Pretty easy to program.

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    Definitely a workable solution. Thanks !
    My first assignment out of college was with an AB PLC3. Yes, I am that old...

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    Re: Machine tool sensors / IOT ?

    RE: My first assignment out of college was with an AB PLC3. If It makes you feel any better I started on the old Koyo (think GE) about the time they started making the SLC 100 bricks.

    The Micrologix 1100 or 1400 are going to use essentially the same programming language (Logix500) that you would have seen before. The Micro8xx family of processors are a bit cheaper and the language is a bit different for the sake of being different. Typical marketing BS.

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