The MSP smart machine module, available since April 2014, has
garnered plenty positive attention not only at PRODEX, but at the 2014
International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in the United
States and at the 2014 AMB international metalworking exhibition in Germany.
To understand the value
of MSP, it is important to recognize how it operates:
Collisions mostly occur
when a new computer numerical control (CNC) program is
executed for the first time. MSP protects the machine and
spindle during the setup process. With the MSP, the
spindle is able to absorb axial and lateral displacements in
case of spindle crashes. The MSP restores a perfect accuracy
once the spindle returns to normal operating conditions
after the crash.
During the set-up, the
machine operates in safe mode with reduced feed rates
that allows common cutting operations. The combination of
MSP and reduced feed-rates ensures that the spindle and machine
are protected against crash-related damage.
In production, fast feed
rates are required, and the machine switches back to
standard mode and can move the axes at full speed. The MSP
secures protected machine geometry, reduced machine
downtime, full cost control, reduced machine breakage
insurance costs, and calculable machine availability.
The always active MSP
smart machine module is supplied with the 20,000
min-1 HPC 190 motor spindle built by GF Machining
Solutions’ spindle manufacturer Step-Tec.