Related Glossary Terms
Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.
- process control
Method of monitoring a process. Relates to electronic hardware and instrumentation used in automated process control. See in-process gaging, inspection; SPC, statistical process control.
Marposs, a world leader in measurement, inspection and test technologies, has announced its BLÚ LT modular system for real-time process control and monitoring on machines tools of medium complexity in terms of sensor quantity and machine dimensions. In its two formats, the Master Unit can host directly up to either two or four function nodes and is designed to guarantee the maximum level of integration between the measurement system, the machine and the company network.
Derived from the Marposs BLÚ single cable machine networking system, BLÚ LT provides the networkability of BLÚ, but at a more reasonable price point for less complex machine tool requirements. This completes the company’s range of offerings for every type of installation, from the P1dME measuring system for the simplest grinding applications through BLÚ, capable of the most complex integrated production and control and created in line with the Internet of Things.
With BLÚ LT, all communication between the master processing unit and the functional nodes is handled by the same protocol and used by the BLÚ single cable system. The proprietary Marposs MMSB bus acquires and transmits the signals in totally digital form, guaranteeing robust, reliable communications.
Featuring the BLÚ Human Interface (HI), specifically designed for communication between the operator and the BLÚ control system, the system is easy to use and fulfills all requirements of the Smart Factory. BLÚ HI dashboards can be displayed in the machine front end PC in their own window or can be easily re-dimensioned to fit within the machine builders control screens, ensuring easy integration. BLÚ LT can also be supplied with a 7" 16:9 color touch screen display for easy programming.
Components of the BLÚ LT system are designed to provide ultimate mechanical reliability and to withstand even the most dynamic working environments and the presence of waste materials produced by the machining process, coolants, vibration, and temperature variations.
BLÚ LT is designed for use by machine builders and remanufacturers. Marposs has announced the BLU LT control system for machine tool applications of medium complexity.