The SAFE LINK wireless pressure and clamp position monitoring system for palletized fixtures is a wireless system that monitors fixture pressure and clamp position in real time, even as parts are being machined. The system can also verify that the operator has properly pressurized the fixture before it is sent inside the machining center. If the fixture pressure or clamp position is lost, the system prompts the machine control to interrupt the machining process before expensive damage occurs, saving both costs and time for maintenance requirements.
A SAFE LINK SEND unit mounted on the fixture uses a 2.4 GHz radio to communicate with a RECEIVE unit that interfaces with the machine control. Fixture pressure or clamp position is continually monitored. A pressure switch for pressure monitoring or a limit switch for position sensing is typically used with the SEND unit. The RECEIVE unit communicates with the machine control though a standard 24 Vdc output or Modbus RTU RS-485 communication protocol. An Ethernet TCP/IP communication option is also available.