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ACCRETECH SBS Process Control Systems

ACCRETECH SBS Process Control Systems

Sensors & Software strategies for machine tool process control

ACCRETECH’s SBS product line includes some of the most advanced and comprehensive machine tool process control currently available on the market.

Process monitoring involves the detection and analysis of high frequency noise (acoustic emission or AE) generated by the machining or grinding process. The AE-1000 and the AEMS add-in card for the SB-5500 help reduce air grind time and provide automatic crash protection by using proprietary acoustic detection technology.

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The ACCRETECH product range for controllers

Link to: SB-5500

Automatic and Manual Balancing System

  • Increases work-piece quality with automatic balancing down to 0.02 microns
  • Four-channel capability reduces costs by allowing multiple machines to be balanced
  • Compatible with Profibus, Ethernet and USB 2.0 communications

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Link to: AE-1000

Acoustic Emission Monitoring System

  • The functionality of two products in one
  • Improves part quality by automatically balancing to as low as 0.02 microns
  • Longer life for grinding wheels, dressing wheels and spindle bearings

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The ACCRETECH product range for cards

Link to: AEMS Card

Acoustic Emission Monitoring System

  • Cut cycle time and increase productivity by 20% or more
  • Prevent crashes, damage, and injury
  • Automate shut-down on detection of extreme contact

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Link to: ExactControl Card

Process monitoring for grinding and dressing processes

  • Acoustic emission, power, spindle current, vibration, temperature, torque and speed, as well as information from the controller
  • Six acoustic emission sensors can be connected
  • Two acoustic emission sensors be operated simultaneously

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The ACCRETECH product range for sensors

Link to: External AE Sensors

Bolt-on and Stud Mount Acoustic Emission (AE) Sensors

  • Easy to retrofit
  • Broad frequency response
  • IP rated for harsh environment/ coolant zone

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Link to: Fluid AE Sensors

Fluid Hydrophone Acoustic Emission (AE) Sensor for difficult machinery applications

  • Useful when there is restricted AE signal path through machine structure
  • Direct AE contact with the work-zone
  • Easy to retrofit

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Link to: In-Spindle AE Sensors

Rotary Non-Contact Acoustic Emission (AE) Sensors for dresser spindles

  • For OEM mounting in rotary dresser spindles on grinding machines
  • Excellent sensitivity due to proximity to dress-zone
  • Avoids spindle bearing noise and other disturbances

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Link to: Mini AE Sensors

Miniature Rotary Non-Contact Acoustic Emission (AE) Sensors for grinding applications

  • Mounted onto rotating dresser or grinding spindle shaft
  • Non-contact configuration
  • Small dimensions

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Link to: Ring AE Sensors

Rotary Acoustic Emission (AE) sensors for optimal signal path

  • Rotor and stator pair in a ring configuration
  • Direct mounting to work-holding or machine spindle
  • Close Proximity to work-zone – short AE path – excellent sensitivity

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Link to: Power Sensors

Process Control using Spindle Power

  • 16-bit conversion resolution applies to a -10 VDC to + 10 VDC – many sensors can be connected
  • Easy retrofitting
  • Tidy installation inside electrical cabinets

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ACCRETECH SBS offers different versions of AEMS (Acoustical Emission Monitoring System) that provide our customers the capability to monitor their grinding process with exceptional precision.
The AE-1000 acoustic monitor is a basic control that offers crash protection and two programmable process limits that can be used for Gap elimination or monitoring grind quality.
The AEMS add-in card for the SB-5500 control offers more flexibility with a separate Gap and Crash Limit, as well as sixteen sets of programmable process limits.
The AEMS product line uses proprietary acoustic sensor technology to monitor the high frequency signals generated on the grinding machine structure during key events in the grinding process.

The user can set up the system easily and quickly, and immediately reap the benefits of improved control over the machining process.

Advantages of SBS AE-1000 and AEMS (Acoustic Emission Monitoring System):

  • Touch detection on part within milliseconds/ sub-microns. Eliminate grinder burn during first touch. Control grinding force on part. Reduce scrap
  • Gap Elimination – reduce air-grinding time at grinding feed rate. Typical 10 – 15% cycle time reduction achieved
  • Crash prevention – monitor for excessive acoustic noise produced by a crash event onto parts, tooling or dresser. Wrong part, incorrectly loaded part, wrong program, wrong offsets etc. Detect within less than 1 millisecond and stop infeed/ retract wheel-head to prevent damage. Prevent machine, wheel and tooling damage, save money
  • Detect unexpected events during the grinding cycle. Part stops/ part slipping on chuck, reduce excessive force during grinding. Reduce scrap
  • Grinding process monitoring. Monitor part roundness/ black part clean-up. Monitor for excessive grinding force during rough grinding. Reduce grinder burn. Maximise dressing intervals. Increase productivity
  • Dressing process monitoring. Monitor for full wheel clean-up. Monitor and correct dressing profile – look for defects during dressing. Minimise dress passes. Increase abrasive and diamond life – reducing costs

ACCRETECH also offer a high-end process monitoring add-in card for the SB-5500 controller series, called ExactControlTM. Not only can ExactControlTM monitor up to 6 acoustic emission sensors at one time (2 simultaneously), but additional third party sensors such as power, current and temperature can also be added.