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Optical streak sensor IFX

Application of optical streak sensors in air+oil lubrication systems

Sensors can be mounted in retrofit procedures in order to verify the working of the air+oil mixers that have been previously installed. In this case they are mounted directly at mixer outlet.
Please consider that in this case the sensor controls a flow that is never steady because the lubricant dosing, in single-line systems, takes place cyclically at timed pulses.


So we have to distinguish between a dynamic type control (signal at every lubrication cycle) or static control (signal nearly uninterrupted).
We have the following options:

  1. Dynamic control: with sensor type IFX-S08 mounted inside the mixer (MVF-AX)
  2. Dynamic control: when the sensor (type IFX-C04 or C06) is outside the mixer, but at a distance of max. 10 cm.
  3. Static control: when the sensor (type IFX-C04 or C06) is outside the mixer and it is positioned to a distance of more than 1 mt.

In cases 1 and 2 the sensor will respond changing the status (LED green and then red) at every lubrication cycle, advising that the lubricant dosing took place properly. In case 3, the signal (green LED) is always on, provided that the lubricant flow rate (the oil streak) is enough and uninterrupted: for example, with a sensor positioned at 3 mt. from the mixer and a lubricant volume of at least 300 mm3/h, with an air flow not higher than 50 Nl/min.
A lower quantity of lubricant volume, or a higher air flow rate, can cause an unstable signal owing to a too limited and irregular flow for the optics of the sensor, but however valid for the needs of the lubrication point. This must be taken into consideration reasonably in the signal control management.
On the basis of the experience consolidated in the practical field, it is preferable to recommend a dynamic control, since this type of control is independent from the dosed volume and guarantees the control of every single cycle (“miss shot”).


The static control is used as redundant control, as guarantee of the lubricant presence in the final part of the pipes (see also video clip “redundant sensor”)


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Equipped with 6 oil+air mixers MVF-A and back-up mixer, with internal optical oil streak sensors (European Patent Certif. N°2427301).
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The lubrication units type ZX are complete systems which produce the oil+air mixture, by cyclically dosing small and precise amounts of oil in a continuous air flow.
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The new air+oil lubrication system presented by MWM Schmieranlagen sets new standards for minimal quantity lubrication of bearings in high-speed/power spindles for machine tools.

The integration of patented optical sensor technology with digital pressure sensors  allows 100% control of all important parameters. Moreover a dedicated PLC, connected with multipolar connection, allows automatic management of lubrication parameters and control system, in order to ensure a 100% safe lubrication.

The system provides a visual and instrumental feedback, through a simple alarm signal, for communication with machine.
This ensures a reliable MQL at starting and 100% safety during operation.

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Redundant monitoring with 2 IFX oil streak detection sensors

A monitoring system with dual oil streak detection sensors (optical sensor IFX) is considered as redundant. Redundancy is the duplication of components able to perform the same function, with the intention of increasing the system’s reliability. In this way a faulty element does not cause the system’s failure because the particular function can be performed by another element. A “failure-safe” system does not imply that failure is impossible/improbable, but rather that the system's design prevents or mitigates unsafe consequences in the event of a failure.

MWM has developed a new lubrication system with dual oil streak optical sensors, able to deliver extra safety to any air-oil lubrication process for spindle bearings.

A first optical flow sensor, IFX-S08, mounted inside the MWM’s patented air-oil mixer MVF-A, performs in-line oil streak dynamic monitoring. One additional optical flow sensor IFX-C, mounted external to the pipe in a position away from the mixer but close  to the spindle, performs static monitoring. This external sensor gives the operator full visibility over the continuity of the oil flow, as it is detected near the lubrication point. In case of a failure, the sensor gives an alarm signal and may stop the machine, to avoid any damage.

The meanings for dynamic and static monitoring are respectively as follows:

  • dynamic monitoring:  during the lubrication cycle, when the pump feeds the lubricant to the air-oil mixer, the sensor detects the presence of lubricant (green LED). Once the first “wave” of oil is passed by, the air flow cleans the air duct and therefore the oil streak sensor does not detect any oil passage (red LED)
  • static monitoring:  in normal operating conditions, a continuous streak of oil is transported by the air flow towards the lubrication point (spindle). The sensor mounted on the pipe, detects the presence of lubricant in a continuous mode (green LED). When this streak is no longer continue, the led turns red.

It is recommended to mount the external sensor IFX-C at not less than 1 m distance before the spindle, so that the residual pipe length may act as an oil safety reservoir. In case the external sensor detects no oil streak, there will be still sufficient time (10 minutes as a minimum) before the oil reservoir comes to its end. Therefore it will be possible to make a prompt intervention, avoiding the risk of leaving the spindle in operation without lubricant.
Instead, placing the sensor right before the spindle would be a critical choice: in case of failure there will be no residual pipe length which can be used as an oil reservoir for a short period of time. However, the redundant system will generate a (double) alarm signal and will immediately stop the machine.

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With programmable electronic control unit.

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The unit is assembled inside a metallic box and has filters both on the air line and on the oil line. Specifically designed for the lubrication of several spindles in simultaneous working.
 

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Air+Oil lubrication units, preassembled MQL units ready for use.


For high-speed bearings used in spindles, high speed gears, recirculation ball screws, linear guides and sliding surfaces.

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The main fields of application for MWM technology are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Machine tools, cutting and grinding machinery for the steel industry.

 

 

 

 

Grinding and polishing machines for marble, wood and metals, textile machinery.

 

 

 

Rotating machines for power cables and steel ropes and any other machinery where bearings have to work at high speed and/or high power.

Boring &Milling Machines

Machining Centers

Grinding Machines

 

     
 


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Overview of MWM solutions seen at the last BIMU 2012

  The 28th BIMU in Milan showed a very qualified offering of Machine Tools. MWM solutions were present on many machines, with the most advanced units of minimal quantity Air & Oil lubrication units and systems.

Hall 13 on stand B16-D17, SIRMA presented the CNC lathe CINCOM K16E-VII, with 5 axis (plus 2 axis C). It was fitted with a LUBRIX 500 system for Internal Minimal Quantity Lubrification in the deep drilling tools.            

Other applications of MWM Air+Oil units for high performance spindle bearings were installed on the machines in MANDELLI SISTEMI Stand D05 and VMS Stand A08
 
Hall 9 on Stand C07 PEAR presented the Work center EC1220 for relatively big pieces which require high quality finish and high precision. This is a moving portal machine with a 3 axis movement spindle.
This machine is equipped with the latest generation of MWM Oil+Air unit for spindle bearings lubrication.
 
With SL-PRO 100% Safe Lubrication concept, for MQL spindle bearing lubrication; the SL-Pro (100% Safe Lubrication Process) combines the integrated optical sensors mixer MVF-A with double level digital programmable pressure sensors.
 
Visible was  also the multitasking Inteo-Micro* working centre, for micro milling and turning also equipped with MWM A+O unit.
 
PARPAS Stand B10 presented the new boring machine INVAR which includes unique technological innovations and satisfies requirements of high precision.

It is equipped with a special custom made MWM A+O minimal lubrication system, to satisfy all the challenging requirements of the precise and monitored minimal lubrication pf spindles and axis. With the MWM A+O mixers MVF-A with integrated optical sensors (MWM international patent).

Other applications of MWM systems were installed on Work centres and big Boring Machines in Hall 9.

 

* The European project Integ-Micro is an ambitious initiative that can build 5 new platforms to redesign the state of the industry, this special attention from the European Commission is due to the fact that the micro-machining technologies play a increasingly important role in various industries, from electronics to biomedicine and others, and are considered strategic for the development and growth of the European manufacturing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MWM OIL+AIR UNIT SL-PRO

The new Air+Oil unit presented by MWM Schmieranlagen, sets new standards in Minimal Quantity Lubrication of high speed/power bearings for spindles in machine-tools.
The integration of patented optical sensors, digital pressure sensors and advanced PLC functions, allow 100% control of all important parameters. Visual and electronic feedback and simple error signaling is available to the machine control, to assure reliable MQL during start-up and 100% Safe work.

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