Sensor-Based Control of Cutting Tools, Machine Tools Moves From Drawing Board to Mainstream

A key success factor for Industry 4.0 and IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) initiatives is the emergence of more and better sensors in machining centers, and even in the cutting tools themselves. These sensors provide the data and connectivity that are the foundation for the “factory of the future.”

But, far from being futuristic, there are a range of “smart sensors” available today—collecting data and showing operators the health of their machines and the metalcutting process. The evolution is achieved through increasingly accurate measurement of the position of the part and the geometrical form of the finished part, as well as the configuration and control of the tools used in the process.

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