WATTPILOTE FOR AEROSPACE APPLICATIONS
WattPilote also finds its place in solving many problems inherent to parts machining in the Aerospace industry. In addition to the detection of broken or missing tools and providing information about tool condition, WattPilote can be used to improve machine efficiency by detecting Tool/Part contact and adjusting machining feed rates to reduce cycle time. You’ll find below some (but not all) successful applications made to solve typical problems in this industry.
MONITORING PROCESS QUALITY ON CARBON PANEL BORING
The carbon panels to be machined are mounted on a foam-coated steel plate, which acts as a backing liner. WattPilote detects the moment when the carbon panel is completely bored (when the tool starts to bore into the foam) and stops the boring cycle immediately.
OPTIMIZING CYCLE TIME FOR ORBITAL DRILLING
The exact position of the panel surface is unknown. Nevertheless, WattPilote detects the moment of contact between the tool and the part. The distance between the safety margin and the panel is traversed at drive speed, which is 2 to 3 times faster than the drilling speed.