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The practical exploitation of tacit machine tool intelligence

Hill, Jacob L., Prickett, Paul W. ORCID:, Grosvenor, Roger I. ORCID: and Hankins, Gareth 2019. The practical exploitation of tacit machine tool intelligence. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology 104 (5-8) , pp. 1693-1707. 10.1007/s00170-019-03963-0

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Manufacturing equipment embraces an increasing measure of tacit intelligence, in both capacity and value. However, this intelligence is yet to be exploited effectively. This is due to both the costs and limitations of developed approaches and a deficient understanding of data value and data origin. This work investigates the principal limitations of typical machine tool data and encourages consideration of such inherent limitations in order to improve potential monitoring strategies. This work presents a novel approach to the acquisition and processing of machine tool cutting data. The approach considers the condition of the monitored system and the deterioration of cutting tool performance. The management of the cutting process by the machine tool controller forms the basis of the approach, and hence, makes use of the tacit intelligence that is deployed in such a task. By using available machine tool controller signals, the impact on day-to-day machining operations is minimised while avoiding the need to retrofit equipment or sensors. The potential of the approach in the contexts of the emerging internet of things and intelligent process management and monitoring is considered. The efficacy of the approach is evaluated by correlating the actively derived measure of process variation with an offline measurement of product form. The potential is then underlined through a series of experiments for which the derived variation is assessed as a direct measure of the cutting tool health. The proposed system is identified as both a viable alternative and synergistic addition to current approaches that mainly consider the form and features of the manufactured component

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TS Manufactures
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
ISSN: 0268-3768
Funders: EPSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 June 2019
Date of Acceptance: 29 May 2019
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2022 12:32

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