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How to create time log for laser cutting machine? Answered

I need to record total time spent by the oaser cutting machine, something like a time log to calculate the whole set of jobs done per day instead of recording it manually, is there such a thing? I am getting a chinese laser cutting machine, it only has a timer that shows the time per job.

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Kiteman

3 years ago

Simple: keep a notebook beside the cutter, and ask everybody who uses it to note down the time for each job they do.

Not every problem requires a technological solution...

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Downunder35mKiteman

Answer 3 years ago

That is why NASA wasted a few million $ to develop a pen that would in zero gravity.
While the russians used the money for other things and simple used a graphite pencil....
But I guess the thread started is looking for something to integrate into the laser so he knows the time even if people cheat.

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asafwat3Downunder35m

Answer 3 years ago

This is true, I am looking for something alternative to pen and paper as I am not going to be working it, some other hired intern will, and I need to check the log to see if the total amount of jobs match the income coming or he will be doing extra minutes or hours for himself or other reasons. Also so I can check the total hours per month as a digital automated recorded reference.

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Downunder35mrickharris

Answer 3 years ago

I know, still a good joke showing how the russians made it up there on a budget ;)

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rickharrisDownunder35m

Answer 3 years ago

Many years ago in the days of Mir I watched a Russian space effort documentary (in Russia) their space craft and Mir looked like the inside of a WW2 submarine he space shuttle on the other hand looked like a prop from start wars. BUT the Russians are still getting people into space! KISS in action.

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Kitemanrickharris

Answer 3 years ago

Does anybody remember the Delta Clipper (DC-X) rocket from the 1990s? It was years ahead of the SSTO curve - take off, land vertically, and be ready to fly again the next day, all with a fight operations team of 2 working from a truck, and a ground crew of one!

It suffered far fewer flight problems than any equivalent project before or since (even Musk has crashed and burned more often), but it got politicked into mothballs: it didn't use anything radically new in its engines - they were RL-10 engines, originally designed in the early 1960s - and NASA had a pet in-house project, the Venture Star, with novel inside-out aerospike engines and complex tanking systems. They were new technologies, so they must have been better than the DC-X, went the logic.

Venture Star never flew.

I am genuinely annoyed that DC-X was cancelled - we could have had regular SSTO flights to LEO on a weekly, even daily basis by now, and we would already be well on our way to a permanently-manned Mars base...

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Downunder35m

3 years ago

If it is chinese you can only record this externally.

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asafwat3Downunder35m

Answer 3 years ago

externally you mean by writing it down? or I can install some external device that would show the whole time?

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Downunder35m

3 years ago

Had another thought: If you make sure after every job the head returns to the home position you can use the homing switches to get signal as soon as the head is gone.
Some basic electronics and the homing switches simply activate a timer.