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We guarantee you can make perfect parts. Starting with AutoClock in your machine tool setup, all errors can be removed from your part machining processes - automatically, with no human intervention.
If you want to fully automate your machine setup but you still have to manually set up and calibrate your probes, AutoClock is the solution. AutoClock is a patented device that stops human error affecting the accuracy of your probe calibration, and the quality of your parts.
Maximum accuracy, guaranteed.
No matter how much time and money you've invested in probing, you'll never achieve the level of accuracy or quality you expected – especially if you or your operators don’t fully understand the ripple effect of losing microns in your probe setup.
AutoClock delivers extremely accurate measurements, to within one micron, with highly repeatable results.Order now
Combining the accuracy of AutoClock with the power of NC-Checker, you can get a complete understanding of your machine’s performance and machining methodologies. You can carry out a full diagnostic of your machine’s capabilities in minutes, and analyse the effect this will ultimately have on your parts.
Spot the difference
Different machining methodologies can result in different part problems, even when cutting parts on the same machine. Running AutoClock alongside NC-Checker, you can assess the impact of these differences and automatically optimise your machine setup to ensure you create perfect parts, every time.
The accuracy of the AutoClock’s measurement results mean your team can have complete confidence in the machine setup. The fact it is automated means you can have complete confidence in the repeatability of your machining processes, and trust their impact on the quality of your parts.
AutoClock is the only device that enables you to operate a completely closed-door machining environment when using probing as part of your process.
AutoClock is fully automated, so there is no reason for anyone to enter the machine volume. This makes it safer for your people, and better for your business.
At the moment, setting the machine's work offset accurately, or 'clocking in' the sphere, is a manual process carried out by someone using DTI equipment, feeler gauges or base masters. The accuracy of this process is totally dependent on the skill and care of the operator. It also takes time to ensure maximum accuracy.
Automated part process production lines that require high accuracy need regular recalibration of the probe to maintain that accuracy. Until now there has been no solution to this problem as the only methods have been manual.
AutoClock is the answer.
There are two AutoClock solutions: standalone or fully automated.
The manual solution returns the AutoClock calibration results to a WiFi-enabled device and requires the operator to manually enter values into the machine controller to reset the work offset.
The fully automated solution automatically updates the calibration results to the controller, requiring no human intervention.
AutoClock complies to all relevant European Directives. It is in conformity with the following relevant product safety standards:
EN 61326-1: 2013
EN 301489-1 V2.1.1
Draft EN 301489-17 V3.2.0
The Declaration of Conformity is included in the AutoClock User Guide which comes with the product.
AutoClock is specified to operate under the following conditions:
Operating: 15 °C to 35 °C (59 °F to 95 °F).
Storage: -25 °C to 70 °C (-13 °F to 158 °F)
Rechargeable batteries are an option, but will have a lower lifespan.
Please dispose of batteries in accordance relevant regulations for your location and industry.
For micron accurate probe setup and subsequent calibration of the probe, you need to establish the mechanical position of the calibration artefact to microns in the machine independently of where the controller thinks it is. This is often referred to as the electronic position of the artefact on the controller.
You can’t rely on inbuilt machine macros or software to do this because they all assume that the electronic position is correct.
You can either check the difference between the mechanical and electronic position manually - which is prone to human error, or you can use the patented AutoClock device to automatically and repeatedly adjust any differences within a couple of microns.
AutoClock works in two ways - in manual operation and with the automation add-on.
Both the manual AutoClock device and the automation add-on use the same configuration software to set the parameters for connecting to and driving AutoClock on your machine tool. These parameters are used in both the manual and automated AutoClock macros to run the AutoClock calibration sequence.
For manual operation, you configure your macro parameters, run the manual macro on the controller, and view the new work offset on a WiFi-enabled device such as a mobile phone or tablet. During the calibration and verification sequences, you manually update the work offset on the machine controller.
With automated operation, the NC-AutoClock software communicates directly with both the AutoClock and the controller. NC-AutoClock automatically updates the work offset on the controller.
The NC-AutoClock software integrates directly with the controller and the automated AutoClock macro drives the AutoClock device. NC-AutoClock must run on a PC-based device that has an Ethernet connection to the controller and a WiFi connection to the AutoClock device. NC-AutoClock detects the calculated XYZ work offset and updates the controller automatically.
As part of the AutoClock macro, a verification sequence is run to confirm that the automatic update of the work offset has been successful. This gives you 100% confidence in the AutoClock calibration result.
AutoClock is pre-configured for use on the following controllers:
If you are an experienced operator and capable of macro programming for your controller, we can provide guides for self programming AutoClock for use on other controllers.
AutoClock is a WiFi-enabled device that requires no hard-wiring into your machine tool.
The manual AutoClock device requires a WiFi-enabled device, such as a mobile phone, tablet or WiFi-enabled PC.
The automation add-on requires a Windows-based PC or other interface device that can connect via Ethernet to the controller, and through WiFi to the AutoClock.
If your PC does not have built-in WiFi capability, MSP can supply a WiFi dongle as part of your delivery pack. This may need to be purchased in your country of origin, if applicable.
AutoClock matches the electronic parameters in the machine controller with the mechanical movements made by the machine. AutoClock’s calibration sequence verifies the position of the work offset (usually Z) within 1-2 microns. This is just as important with 3-axis machines as it is with 5-axis machines if you want to use probing to improve your stock material setup and make accurate parts.
If you have MSP’s NC-Checker software, you can run a single macro that performs an AutoClock calibration, probe calibration and then an MSP Benchmark.
The process for running this single macro is:
At the end of the process, you will have an accurate work offset, fully-calibrated probe in 5-axis and a full Benchmark, from one macro execution. With a pallet-loading system the process can be run on a regular, automated schedule that sets up the machine ready for production.
The AutoClock macros can also be added into your Macro Validation check and be part of your Benchmark report and archive.
We supply a template for a single macro that runs the AutoClock, probe calibration and benchmark report.
If you want to change the process for any reason, you can use this sample macro and change it to suit your purposes.
For example, you may want one macro that runs a full Benchmark, and another that runs a mini Benchmark. Or you may not want to run the probe calibration at the same time as the AutoClock calibration and Benchmark.
You can also add specific calls to other macros to configure your process. These macros can be added into your Macro Validation check and be part of your Benchmark report and archive.
The AutoClock device is designed to be used vertically on a flat machine table for setting a single work offset. If you want to mount the AutoClock in any other orientation, or have any other requirements, please discuss this with MSP before placing an order.
NC-AutoClock will run on any Windows PC, from Windows 7 upwards.
The manual package will give you:
AutoClock device: a high-quality product, built to withstand the pressures of a machine-tool environment.
AutoClock macros: a suite of pre-built macros for standard controllers.
Macro Configurator: a tool that will help you configure the AutoClock macro for use on your specific machines.
Quickstart Guide: to get you started with using the AutoClock.
AutoClock User Guide: with full technical, troubleshooting and compliance information.
The fully automated package is an add-on to the standalone package and will give you:
Automation Software: an application that will integrate seamlessly with your machine tool.
Automation macros: a suite of pre-built macros, modified for automation.
Ethernet cable: to connect the machine to a PC or the Controller Interface Box.
Optional Controller Interface Box: for where a connected PC is not available.
Optional MSP install: we can send our Application Engineers to set up AutoClock and train your team.