WATTPILOTE The best technology for energy monitoring
WattPilote tool wear and breakage detection systems combine a unique set of technologies and as a result are the highest-performance machine tool power monitoring systems in the world. To you, this means WattPilote will reliably determine the condition of any tooling you’re likely to use on your machine tools. They’re in-process tool monitoring systems, so they don’t add to cycle time, they reduce it. They’re installed outside the harsh machining environment (to avoid cutting oil, swarf, high temperatures, vibration, coolant and chips), so WattPilotes are easy to retrofit and simple to maintain.
If you’ve used power sensors in the past, they’ve all been based on inductive sensors (Hall Effect sensors or Rogowski Coils). WattPilote is based on a resistive shunt sensor. Shunt sensors are more difficult to design and construct, but they offer:
- Greater accuracy for both amplitude and phase measurement
- Better noise immunity (critically important when monitoring the non-sinusoidal waveforms created by variable frequency drives)
- Faster real-world response time
The power sensor and processor are combined into one DIN rail-mounted hardware package that’s installed within the machine electrical cabinet. WattPilote communicates with the CNC via 24-volt discrete I/O, DeviceNet, I/O Link, PROFIBUS, PROFINET or Internet IP. It communicates with the operator via a USB or Ethernet connection to an industrial PC or PC-compatible machine control.
The system set-up and process visualization software, WP Visu-C or WP Visu-CN-C. This software allows parameters in a WattPilote system to be backed up to a PC. It allows parameters in a PC to be downloaded into a WattPilote system. It captures time / date-stamped machining curves and CNC status information (tool change, new part, new limits taught, etc.) and alarms.