11th EAI International Conference on Heterogeneous Networking for Quality, Reliability, Security and Robustness

Research Article

Developing a cloud virtual maintenance system for machine tools management

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.19-8-2015.2261333,
        author={Yueh-Ling Lin and Chih-Chieh Lin and Hung-Sheng Chiu},
        title={Developing a cloud virtual maintenance system for machine tools management},
        proceedings={11th EAI International Conference on Heterogeneous Networking for Quality, Reliability, Security and Robustness},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={QSHINE},
        year={2015},
        month={9},
        keywords={virtual maintenance cloud; tool life management; tmtc (taiwan mtconnect protocol); machine tools management},
        doi={10.4108/eai.19-8-2015.2261333}
    }
    
  • Yueh-Ling Lin
    Chih-Chieh Lin
    Hung-Sheng Chiu
    Year: 2015
    Developing a cloud virtual maintenance system for machine tools management
    QSHINE
    IEEE
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.19-8-2015.2261333
Yueh-Ling Lin1,*, Chih-Chieh Lin1, Hung-Sheng Chiu1
  • 1: Institute for Information Industry
*Contact email: yuehlin@iii.org.tw

Abstract

Developing efficient maintenance system for Taiwan’s machine-tool industry is important because of the cloud service enhancement recently. This study provides innovative maintenance system via cloud virtual computing for machine tool management. The virtual maintenance cloud is a monitoring system for precision manufacturing plant. The virtual maintenance cloud can combine eight kinds of numerical controllers following TMTC (Taiwan MTConnect Protocol). It is compatible with MTConnect function to build the client monitoring application services for the whole plant. The system provides 3 ways to determine the tool life cycle including tool usage frequency, tool usage time, and tool usage distance. A remote control platform was developed for controlling specific number of tools. The system can extract numerical controller data across various brands to achieve the whole plant monitoring. The proposed system was demonstrated by following TMTC communication protocol to develop tool management and application services for machine tool industry. The tool life management system can enhance information used for tool usage analysis for manufacturing machine tools. Thus, the system can increase tool usage rate, decrease processing time, and reduce waste of workpiece materials.