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Use flat LED to make chatter marks on machined surface visible in early stage

Delay in finding chatter marks impacted the next processes

A machine designer at machining centers at a machine tool manufacturer who takes pride in its high precision mentioned that lately, more and more sales people from the company and also the support departments inquire him about the rigidity or reliability of products. According to them, chatter marks become visible all of a sudden after a certain operating hours have passed, and more users send them complaints or demand to find the cause of the problem.

As he investigated the cause, he found that the glares from LED lighting inside the machine tool tend to be seen as chatter marks while visually checking the machine operation. He thought that users probably missed chatter marks because of such tendency, and because they missed and the chatter marks were left untreated, maintenance was delayed and the situation worsened. For this problem, IDEC provided a solution to enable anybody identify chatter marks at a glance. What was used to solve the situation?

LED lighting inside machine tool allows for clear identification of chatter marks