Previous in Forum: Gas Fired Boiler Efficiency Based on Different Stack Temperatures   Next in Forum: Planetary Gear Calculation
Close
Close
Close
4 comments
Participant

Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 1

It is Possible a CNC Machine be Operated Remotely?

03/26/2019 2:29 PM

Hello everyone,

It is possible a CNC machine be operated remotely without going through it's the control panel? I came across a company called CHETO that sells CNC machines with online control system with remote access, but i would like to hear your opinion nonetheless.

Register to Reply
Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.

Comments rated to be Good Answers:

These comments received enough positive ratings to make them "good answers".
Guru

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: at the beach in Florida
Posts: 30951
Good Answers: 1727
#1

Re: It is Possible a CNC Machine be Operated Remotely?

03/26/2019 3:48 PM

Yes, but I believe it more piggybacks the control system, and is not without the obvious caveats...

https://www.mmsonline.com/articles/remote-cnc-access-and-operation

__________________
Break a sweat everyday doing something you enjoy
Register to Reply
Guru
Engineering Fields - Electrical Engineering - Been there, done that. Engineering Fields - Control Engineering - New Member

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Long Island NY
Posts: 15107
Good Answers: 936
#2

Re: It is Possible a CNC Machine be Operated Remotely?

03/26/2019 4:20 PM

It is possible but it all depends on the design of the CNC machine.

Safety and added security should also be addressed with any remote operations.

For a remotely controlled CNC machine, a few added sensors might be wise to include. For instance, if the machine can cut wood and steel it would be good to detect what type of product has been placed in the machine so the correct cutting tools can be selected.

__________________
"Don't disturb my circles." translation of Archimedes last words
Register to Reply
Guru

Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 42290
Good Answers: 1662
#3

Re: It is Possible a CNC Machine be Operated Remotely?

03/26/2019 8:18 PM

NC machines are remotely operated.

Register to Reply
6
Guru
Engineering Fields - Aerospace Engineering - Member United States - Member - Army Vet in the aviation industry

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Bridgewater, Va.
Posts: 2027
Good Answers: 112
#4

Re: It is Possible a CNC Machine be Operated Remotely?

03/26/2019 10:45 PM

Of course they can be remotely operated and have been for years. In the 90's I wrote the documentation for and trained the operators and trades people on the operation and maintenance of an engine block machining line. It consisted of 5 cells, each cell had between five and twenty 5 axis machining centers linked by pallet conveyors.

The ideal operation was that an operator loaded raw engine block castings onto custom designed pallets and placed it at the in-feed end of the conveyor, and another operator removed the finished block, which was finish machined and actually had main bearing caps installed, at the end of the line.

The only intervention was if the line detected a problem and shut itself down. The machines would even notify the operators when they needed to replace worn down tools in the tool changers. Depending on the type of operation performed there were multiple replacement tools in each tool changer and only needed attention when the machine was using its last tool.

Also each block had an RFID chip epoxied in a recess. The chip recorded the success or failure of each operation and other data that could be downloaded and statistically analyzed as each block came off the line, or even between cells.

If you're looking into operating a single CNC machine remotely you will probably want to include material handling robot(s) and a logic system to control your process and allow it to cycle as long as there is material available to feed it. The logic system must include a tool monitoring system to replace tools at a specified wear point (usually determined by the increase in horsepower required to perform that tool's operation) and to shut down the operation if a tool breaks. Never allow a machine to operate without a human or a proven system to shut it down in the event there are tooling problems. Tools are cheap, machines are expensive.

Good luck.

Register to Reply Good Answer (Score 6)
Register to Reply 4 comments
Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.

Comments rated to be Good Answers:

These comments received enough positive ratings to make them "good answers".
Copy to Clipboard

Users who posted comments:

Hooker (1); lyn (1); redfred (1); SolarEagle (1)

Previous in Forum: Gas Fired Boiler Efficiency Based on Different Stack Temperatures   Next in Forum: Planetary Gear Calculation

Advertisement