Easily Monitor Cooling Lubricants in CNC Mills

Condition Monitoring with battery-powered ultrasonic sensors

Monitoring cooling lubricants in CNC mills can be time-consuming. Although maintenance engineers can usually read off the levels on the machine, it is rare for the cooling lubricant levels for all pieces of apparatus to be visible in a central location in older plants. This could mean lots of unnecessary journeys for maintenance personnel and in extreme cases could pose the risk of machine downtime from the cooling lubricant level being too low – at weekends, for example.

Components that enable efficient Condition Monitoring can however easily be retroffited. This does not require any intervention in the PLC or costly wiring.

Your Benefits

  • No wiring effort thanks to battery-powered sensors with radio transmission
  • Reduced downtimes because the cooling lubricant levels are constantly being monitored
  • Effective personnel deployment as a result of automatic alarm messages for critical filling levels
  • Cost-effective Condition Monitoring since the solution can be set up without any programming effort

  • Lubricant level data from multiple CNC mills is sent to the Cloud

  • Mounting using magnets saves on complex wiring systems inside the tank

  • The TCG20 can also send data to the Cloud via a cellular network

  • The filling levels of adjacent machines can be clearly displayed on the dashboard

Automated Lubricant Level Monitoring on CNC Machines

With Turck Cloud Solutions and battery-operated level sensors, maintenance personnel can set up an autonomous level monitoring for large machine parks. The ultrasonic sensor K50UX is simply attached inside the tank by a magnet. Via serial communication, measurement data is first transmitted to a battery-powered DX80 radio module, which then sends it to a gateway of the DX80 system, using a proprietary wireless connection. The DX80 gateway is mounted to a control cabinet and connected to Turck’s Cloud Gateway (TCG20).

The TCG20 gateway sends the data via Wi-Fi to the Turck Cloud – with end-to-end encryption. Alternatively, it can use a cellular network, removing the need to grant security permissions for the corporate network.

Predictive Monitoring with Cloud Solutions

Maintenance personnel can read the cooling lubricant level of all machines via a web browser at any time, from anywhere around the world. If desired, analog displays on the Cloud Dashboard show the filling levels of adjacent machines. This allows maintenance personnel to optimize their routes and preemptively ensure that lubricant levels are sufficient.

Alarm notifications via email or SMS can be configured in the Cloud Portal; if the set threshold is exceeded, the system automatically sends a notification to the responsible employees. This ensures that production processes continue to run and reduces the need for staff involvement.

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