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Workpiece touch probes for CNC machine tools

Workpiece touch probes by BLUM are used for fast and automatic workpiece measurement and workpiece zero point measurement in machine tools. Specially designed for the harsh conditions in these machines, the probe systems are an effective solution for improving the accuracy of your workpieces and the productivity of your manufacturing lines.

Touch probes set workpiece origin and measure features on the machined part to verify if component dimensions are within tolerance. Touch probes inspect the workpiece by touching the part in various predetermined locations based on the CNC program cycle. Probes are mounted in the machine's spindle and one the part is touched, the probe is triggered and a value is recorded based on the location of the part. 

Touch probes are connected to the machine tool's control wirelessly, communicating via infared or radio. The CNC program can be modified to measure various workpieces within the same machine tool providing:

  • Part set-up

  • Workpiece measurement

  • Thermal compensation

  • Tool wear compensation 

 

BLUM offers numerous probe systems for fast workpiece measurement and workpiece zero point measurement in CNC machining centers:

Blum-Novotest Part Probe TC50/60

TC50 | TC60

Multi-directional touch probe for high-speed measurements.

  • Part set-up
  • Workpiece measurement
  • Thermal compensation
  • Tool wear compensation 
Blum-Novotest Touch Probe TC51/61

TC51 | TC61

Touch probe designed for extremely high-speed measurements.

  • Part set-up
  • Workpiece measurement
  • Thermal compensation
  • Tool wear compensation 
Blum-Novotest Touch Probe TC52/62

TC52 | TC62

Compact, multi-directional touch probe for high-speed measurements in small to medium machining centers.

  • Part set-up
  • Workpiece measurement
  • Thermal compensation
  • Tool wear compensation 
Blum-Novotest Touch Probe TC53/63

TC53 | TC63

Modular 3D touch probe for complex measuring tasks in milling and turning machines. 

  • Part set-up
  • Workpiece measurement
  • Thermal compensation
  • Tool wear compensation 
Blum-Novotest Touch Probe TC54-10/64-10

TC54-10 | TC64-10

Compact touch probe for milling and turning machines. 

  • Part set-up
  • Workpiece measurement
  • Thermal compensation
  • Tool wear compensation 
Blum-Novotest TC76 Touch Probe

TC76

Hard-wired, compact touch probe for grinding and turning machines. 

  • Part set-up
  • Workpiece measurement
  • Thermal compensation
  • Tool wear compensation 

Key Features:

  • Extremely high travel and probing speeds
  • Maximum measuring precision in all probing directions
  • Reliable measurements also under coolants
  • Practically-oriented design - e.g. Self-centering stylus
  • Very long battery life
  • Mechanically robust design
  • Enable low-manned operation
  • Realize continuous process chains
  • Workpiece touch probe of exceptional quality and precision

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BLUM Measuring Devices

 

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.