A smart boring tool for process control

Byung Kwon Min, George O'Neal, Yoram Koren, Zbigniew Pasek

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A mechatronic metal cutting tool has been developed to improve the accuracy and flexibility of line boring machining in the automotive industry. Laser position sensors and piezoelectric actuator were integrated into the rotating body of the boring tool. To compensate the boring bar droop and effects of cutting forces, a fast tool servo utilizing feedback control of the boring tool insert position was designed and embedded in the rotating tool assembly. In addition to position control, a self-monitoring algorithm that utilizes disturbance estimator has been put together in the controller. Experimental results demonstrated that the developed cutting process controller improves the accuracy of the boring tool as well as reliably detects the process failures, such as tool tip breakage, without additional monitoring equipment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1097-1114
Number of pages18
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Nov

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research was sponsored in part by the NSF Engineering Research Center for Reconfigurable Machining System under NSF grant # EEC-9529125 and in part by NIST ATP grant # 70NANB5H1158. The authors appreciate the support of technical staff from Lamb Technicon, Warren, MI.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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