Table of Contents
Journal of Mechatronics and Applications
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 273963, 8 pages
Research Article

Conception and Implementation of a Dual Data Acquisition System on an Eight-Axis High-Speed Tube Cutting CNC Machine

1Department of Electrical Engineering, Toolmen Corporation, Georgetown, TX 78680, USA
2Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN 38505, USA

Received 14 May 2009; Revised 16 March 2010; Accepted 15 April 2010

Academic Editor: Philip R. Moore

Copyright © 2010 Zengshi Chen and Wenzhong Gao. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Precise and fast position measurement has been a challenging problem in computerized numerical controller (CNC) machines where parts need to be processed at a high speed. This paper inspects data acquisition and processing on a high-speed tube cutting Siemens 840D CNC machine with Windows NT.40 operating system and analyzes the constraints of the old procedure on the production speed. The more efficient technical tactics are proposed and implemented. The laser is added to the system to perform the same data acquisition while the function of the capacitive sensor is kept. A dual data acquisition system is thus created and the old one functions as a backup. In the retrofit, the affordable and practical data communication method is used, the sensor physical movement is avoided, the algorithm is optimized with requirement of less data, and computation of the algorithm is moved from numerical controller unit (NCU) to personal computer unit (PCU). For every tube part, the laser approach reduces the data acquisition and processing time to 4 seconds, compared to 12 seconds with a capacitive sensor.