Rigibore

ActiveEdge offers simple and precise wireless adjustment, allowing micron accurate diameter changes at the push of a button.

Entering a compensation amount into the ActiveEdge Remote Control initiates an adjustment of up to seven ActiveEdge cartridges on a single tool, using wireless transmission.

ActiveEdge enables machine operators to meet critical tolerances without removing the tool from the machining envelope, reducing spindle downtime, meeting precise tolerance requirements and improving operator safety.

Remote Adjustment Process

Initiate
Enter tool's unique ID number and adjustment amount in microns into the Remote Control.
Transmit
Adjustment data transfer occurs through wireless radio transmission.
Adjust
ActiveEdge cartridge(s) adjust to the required diameter.

ActiveEdge tooling can be integrated with in-process gauging to produce micron accurate bores as part of a fully automated solution.

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Benefits of ActiveEdge Technology & Wireless Adjustment

Micron Accuracy
Calibrated position sensing of the cutting edge ensures perfect tool sizing.
Reduced Cycle Time
Micron accurate adjustments can be made without having to stop the manufacturing process.
Health and Safety Benefits
Tool adjustments are made without the operator entering the machine.
Simplicity In Adjustment
Precise tolerances can be achieved by operators of all skill and experience levels.

ActiveEdge Cartridges

The ActiveEdge Remote Control transmits a compensation request via wireless signal to the ActiveEdge cartridge. This precision cartridge is able to adjust accurate to 1 micron down to 0.6mm on diameter.

The adjustment mechanism is built into each cartridge, this means Rigibore can design and manufacture up to seven cartridges on a single ActiveEdge tool, each of these can be independently adjusted using the Remote Control.

ActiveEdge Cartridges
Compensate Tools
Tools can be adjusted by simply entering the tool ID and compensation amount into the wireless Remote Control handset.
Tool Check
Check the tool status to confirm the battery level and available adjustment range.
Shut Down Tools
Completely switching off the tool when not in use will extend the 2-3 month battery life.
Cartridge Calibration
The internal SD card contains cartridge calibration data for all cartridges. Uploading the correct calibration information to the tool can be done directly from the handset.
Tool Usage Information
Access the tool memory to provide lifetime usage data.
Activity Log
The SD card contains an activity log that records all operations performed with the handset.

FAQ

  • What is the adjustment range?

    0.3 mm on radius. ActiveEdge tool pocket heights are set so that cartridge adjustment is between 33% and 50% at nominal. This ensures that sufficient range is available to compensate for physical and environmental factors.

  • What style of inserts are used?

    All our products take ISO standard inserts. ActiveEdge cartridges support TC..11 and CC..06 inserts.

  • How long do the batteries last?

    In continuous (24/7) use, approximately 330 x 200 micron adjustments can be performed. In practice, battery life is very much dependent on the manufacturing process.

  • Can tool battery life be extended?

    An ActiveEdge tool can be switched off completely when not in constant use. A shutdown command can be sent using a Remote Control, ActiveNet or from the machine control by running a Rigibore macro. It can be switched on again by pressing the silver pressure switch on the tool yoke.

  • How accurate is the adjustment?

    Each ActiveEdge cartridge is calibrated using equipment with a resolution of one tenth of a micron, in a known state of calibration. The cartridge is supplied with unique calibration data that ensures precise adjustments down to one micron on diameter.

ActiveEdge is available now to suit your application, please send us an enquiry or call +44 (0) 1736 755355 to order.

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ActiveEdge Technical Documents

Description Last Updated Link
Cartridge Maintenance and Replacement
Cartridge calibration file library 14/11/2017 Download
Cartridge maintenance instructions 18/12/2015 Download
Cartridge replacement procedure 09/05/2017 Download
Tool Maintenance
Recommended lubricant information 06/09/2013 Download
Battery replacement procedure 09/07/2013 Download
Safe procedure for storing used batteries 18/07/2014 Download
AEI Installation Procedures
Siemens 840D 11/07/2016 Download
Manuals
ActiveEdge Remote Control user guide 28/06/2017 Download
ActiveNet user guide 23/08/2010 Download
CNC macro descriptions 01/02/2016 Download
CNC macro status codes and recovery procedures 30/08/2013 Download
SPC macro description (Siemens) 30/11/2016 Download
SPC macro description (Fanuc) 23/08/2017 Download
Downloadable Software
ActiveNet PC software 24/03/2017 Download

ActiveEdge Tool Features

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Rigibore ActiveEdge component diagram, hover over sections to reveal details

The tool can be made with any taper, spindle connection or adapter to suit the customer's machine requirements.

The tool is a custom-built special, designed using Rigibore's RADS software, and can be supplied in 3-4 weeks. Tools are engineered for the specific application, and typically balanced to G2.5 to ensure accuracy and rigidity in cut. Chamfer tools, semi-finishing cartridges and up to 4 finish bores can be completed with one tool.

The Yoke contains the batteries and radio hardware that allow the tool to be adjusted remotely. With ActiveEdge there is no required modification to the spindle or machine, this means that the tool can be adjusted in the carousel, at the presetter or if required, in the spindle.

Sealed with an 'O' ring the tool yoke is protected against coolant ingress.

The two 6v batteries power the radio communication and actuation of the mechanism in the cartridge.

Batteries last around 2-3 months of standard use in a production environment. System warnings are given when they need changing.

This user replaceable cartridge contains the drive mechanism, calibrated measurement device and adjusting slide, with the capability to move the cutting edge 1 micron on diameter.

ActiveEdge Cartridges supports Standard ISO Inserts CC..06, TC..11 and CP04 Inserts.

Upto 4 cartridges can be individually adjusted on one tool assembly.

The cartridge is capable of supporting through coolant up to 80 bar. Coolant is supplied through the cartridge directly to the cutting edge of the insert.

The pretensioned slide mechanism has no measurable backlash. This is the only radial moving part of the assembly so adjustment has no negative impact on the tools balance.

The maintenance of the cartridge is limited to regularly flushing the mechanism with grease through a supplied grease gun. This prevents contamination and ensures perfect results from the accurate internal mechanism.

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