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Tool measuring probes for CNC machining centers

Tool measuring probes by BLUM are used for fast and automatic tactile tool setting and tool breakage detection. Specially designed for the harsh conditions in machine tools, the probe systems are an effective solution for improving the accuracy of your workpieces and the productivity of your manufacturing lines.

Tool setting probes are typically mounted on the table providing an economical, contact-based tool setting solution inside the machine. They provide simple tool geometry by measuring the tool's length and/or radius offset, wear and/or breakage. A CNC program cycle performs all necessary movements to and touching off the tool. Contact tool seters can be hard wired or wireless and are tied to an interface module which is connected directly to the machine's control. If the wear tolerance has been exceeded, the software program will alarm the machine. Multiple tools can be measured within the same CNC program and on the same machine tool offering: 

  • Tool wear

  • Tool length and radius measurement

  • Tool breakage detection

  • Thermal compensation

 

BLUM offers numerous probe systems for fast and automatic tactile tool setting and tool breakage detection in CNC machining centers:

Blum-Novotest Z-Nano Tool Setter

Z-Nano

Tool setting probe for tool length measurement and breakage detection. 

  • Tool wear
  • Tool length measurement
  • Tool breakage detection
  • Thermal compensation
  • Wear-free solution with long-term reliability
Blum-Novotest Z-Pico Tool Setter

Z-Pico

Compact tool setting probe for small machining centers. Hard-wired for drill bit breakage detection and tool length measurement. 

  • Measurement of sensitive and very small tools 
  • Tool wear
  • Tool length measurement
  • Tool breakage detection
  • Thermal compensation
Blum-Novotest ZX Speed Tool Setter

ZX-Speed

Universal multi-directional (3D) tool setting probe for tool setting and tool breakage monitoring. 

  • Multi-directional
  • Tool wear
  • Tool length measurement
  • Tool radius measurement
  • Tool breakage detection
  • Thermal compensation
  • Wear-free solution with long-term reliability
Blum-Novotest TC53 Modular Probe

TC53-20 | TC63-20

Modular tool setting probe for turning machines and turning/milling centers for adaptation to customer-specific tasks.

  • Tool wear
  • Tool length and radius measurement
  • Tool breakage detection
  • Thermal compensation
Blum-Novotest TC76 Probe

TC76

Hard-wired tool setting probe for grinding and turning centers. 

  • Tool wear
  • Tool length and radius measurement
  • Tool breakage detection
  • Thermal compensation

Key Features:

  • Automatic measurements deliver extreme time savings
  • No errors due to manual tool setting using gauge blocks
  • No typing errors and corresponding subsequent damage
  • Automatic calculation and correction of the tool offset
  • Automatic tool breakage detection between the machining cycles
  • No damage due to undetected tool breakage
  • Reliable, tactile measurements also under coolants
  • Enable low-manned operation
  • Realize continuous process chains

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Ensure you produce the right part the first time.

In-process measurement has become an integral element of CNC machining because it helps ensure you produce the right part the first time. This is because the process allows parts to remain inside the CNC without disrupting the machine setup while inspection is being conducted. The measurement device is connected directly to the machine control, therefore data feedback can be analyzed and then displayed via the machine's interface. Rework is possible by compensation of the tool wear or workpiece origin based on the measurement analysis. 

 

Focus on productivity.

Utilizing in-process measurement can help to increase productivity by improving part accuracy the fist time and reducing scrap from rejects, all with minimal or no operator intervention. In addition, in-process measurement collects important data that can be used to provide insight to better understand and improve the manufacturing process. 

 

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The BLUM MeasureXpert Advantage:

  • Engineered for the Machine Tool. BLUM probing systems did not evolve from a CMM probe. All BLUM products were designed and manufactured with an IP68 rating to perform reliably and precisely even within the harsh environment of a machine tool. 
  • Time is Money! Thanks to the unique design and opto-electronic signal generation, BLUM Touch Probes achieve probing speeds of up to 3 meters or 120 inches per minute with just a single touch measurement.
  • Fast. Precise. Reliable. DIGILOG technology brings in-process reliability to a new dimension. The constant data pool generating thousands of measuring values per second allows for automation in t he manufacturing process while providing a huge time savings. 

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BLUM is an innovative partner to numerous industry sectors and a long-standing supplier to the global machine tool industry. From individual mold and die makers all the way to large corporations in the automotive and aerospace industries - the high efficiency, precision and reliability of production metrology by BLUM makes it an indispensable instrument for many successful companies.