CTM is the ultimate versatile tool and process monitoring system. The historically proven CTM monitoring solution successfully optimizes both standard and very complex production processes of metal-cutting machine tools though real-time , in-process monitoring. It delivers wide ranging monitoring functions for most production scenarios in real time. The flexible interface concept of the CTM enables problem-free integration from solutions with no fieldbus connections (dedicated I/O), to branched data and fieldbus architectures. The CTM is designed for easy integration into dedicated WINDOWS (PC?!?)based controls with PCI slots (SIEMENS PCU50, FANUC Panel i, MTX, etc.). Alternately, if needed, a stand-alone unit with significant flexibility can be used in all other machine types with different controls or mechanical designs as well. Again, because of the flexibility many user specifications (e.g., from the aerospace and automotive industries) can be met by implementing the CTM with different monitoring strategies.
For mass production, the taught-in values (learning curves) are commonly used in order to compare actual values with the stored ones. The parameters within theCTM can be adjusted in such a way to optimally harness the potential of the equipment. All relevant process parameters are defined, and the necessary limits are taught and implemented, so that they match the application precisely. Long cutting cycles can be monitored best by implementing the correct strategy or strategy mix.
All monitoring data can be stored locally at the machine or somewhere in the network / internet. Furthermore, the system provides functions for customized reports and data analysis which improve the overall machining operations. With these functions, users can extend tool life, reduce waste, avoid tool breakage, and minimize machine downtimes.
The flexibility of the CTM is not limited to multiple sensor inputs, but includes flexibility in relationship to interface and integration with the machine tool, sensor signal processing, monitoring strategies, Alarm/Limit strategies, and data utilization/management.
The proven CTM system is a standard at many end-users in metal cutting industry and can be used in Industry 4.0 applications as well.