PCI SCEMM has set out to pave the way for smart machining with its latest innovation - the e-SPINDLE. Developed in partnership with AMVALOR and Cetim, the brand new electrospindle reportedly incorporates all the equipment needed to monitor the cutting process as closely as possible and respond in real time. The integrated technology, which supports the efficient management of sensors and actuators in a rotating frame of reference, is the result of collaborative work on smart machining at the campuses of Cetim and Arts et Métiers in Aix-en-Provence (INTELUS project, 2014–2017). The objective is to increase productivity by optimizing tool life and improve quality by ensuring processes can be immediately corrected.
Systems like these are also designed to facilitate machining processes that create very high added value or implement adaptive processes that can modify operating parameters in real time. Three smart machining applications for the e-SPINDLE concept are on show at EMO Hannover 2019: a tool holder for monitoring cutting processes that identifies forces, vibrations and the pressure of the cutting fluid; a tool holder for adaptive vibration drilling that is controlled by force threshold values; and a honing tool holder that performs real-time measurements of the workpiece diameter so it can control the position of the active parts (abrasive stones).