Intelligent SpindlesViews: 619

By  Hongrui Cao, Xingwu Zhang, Xuefeng Chen On April 28, 2017



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  • A new integrated concept for intelligent spindles is proposed.
  • Previous research works related with intelligent spindles are reviewed.
  • Future trends of intelligent spindles are prospected.


Intelligent spindles are core components of the next-generation of intelligent/smart machine tools in the Industry 4.0 Era. The purpose of this paper is to clarify the concept of intelligent spindles and provide an in-depth review of the state-of-the-art of related technologies. A new integrated concept for intelligent spindles is proposed, followed by descriptions of required characteristics, key enabling technologies and expected intelligent functions. Relevant research that may be beneficial to the development of intelligent spindles is reviewed from six thrust areas, which include monitoring and control of tool condition, chatter, spindle collision, temperature/thermal error, spindle balance, and spindle health. Finally, current limitations and challenges are discussed, and future trends of intelligent spindles are prospected from various perspectives.

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Volume 112, January 2017, Pages 21–52


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Source: International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture