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BLUM leads the way in technology for optical and tactile production measurement technology for machine tools. The measuring technology supports customers of various industrial sectors in increasing their productivity, as well as the quality of the produced parts. There are 2 measuring components which are production metrology for tool and workpiece in machine tools. Touch probes for measuring workpieces are used primarily on turning machines, while laser measuring systems or tool setting probes for tool measurement and monitoring are used on milling machines.
Online Measurement is A MUST in Automation
One approach involved measuring systems that should monitor the process directly in the machine tool. Another approach entailed post-process measuring machines that are no longer located in a separate measuring room but directly in the production hall. Since automation ultimately needs to be under control.
Alexander Blum ventures a look into the future: “Trends like Industry 4.0 and IoT play into our hands: The process is increasingly moving into the spotlight – and our products are the perfect fit here. As my father realized very early on, measuring inside the machine has become an indispensable part of this process. The trend towards adaptive manufacturing also follows this path – a machined part is not milled blindly, instead measurements take place according to a reasonable measuring strategy and machining is adapted to achieve the desired end result.”
Tools Can Be Measured 60% Faster
Alexander Blum, President of Blum-Novotest GmbH, says: “In-machine measurement has become established as an integral element of high-end CNC machining. Automated machines and virtually all five-axis machining centres are nowadays equipped with BLUM laser measuring systems. The prerequisite for this was the outstanding performance of systems under the harshest conditions as well as the associated possibilities in terms of automated tool measurement and monitoring.
Tool length measurement is one of the key processes in today machining before cutting process starts. It is important to check for tool damage or breakage during the machining operation. In fact, CNC depends a lot on accurately measuring tools for length. It requires tool data, which are length and diameter information, so they understand exactly where the cutting is happening. Moreover, it is also important to know the tool’s diameters fall within a certain tolerance that may affect the accuracy of the parts.
Blum has designed a range of tool setters, offering both contact and non-contact tool measurement in auto tool length measurement. The measuring technology supports customers of various industrial sectors in increasing their productivity, as well as the quality of the produced parts.
Laser measuring systems by BLUM are the leading solution for non-contact tool setting and tool monitoring in CNC machining centers. The tool would be clamped in the spindle and rotated at the speed that would be used for cutting, with the laser completing the measurement in-situ. This recreates the exact conditions that would take place during the actual machining and provides precise data and the most accurate results possible.
Entering offset data manually takes time and leads to operator error. With the automatic measurement, time saving is much obvious with reduced machine downtime. More tools date can be captured in a much shorter time; therefore, tools can be measured 60% faster. Furthermore, laser measurement system provides higher accuracy due to more tool data can accurately measure tools whilst eliminating coolant or dirt on the tools or in the machine.
Robust and Economic
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.
Z-Nano Series are economic solutions for tool breakage detection and tool length measurement in CNC machining centres. Measurements of unrivalled speed and precision under the most adverse manufacturing conditions using a modern measuring mechanism based on a linear working principle and optoelectronic switch signal generation.
BLUM’s tool breakage detection stops the machine automatically when a broken tool is detected in 1 second under adverse conditions. It enables much higher measuring speeds than conventional probes.
Effective Solution For Improving The Accuracy Of Your Workpiece
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.
The touch probes are characterized by state-of-the art measuring mechanism technology featuring wear-free opto-electric signal generation. The robust design optimizes the probing speeds with supreme precision. In addition, touch probes use infrared, BRC radio technology and cable connection for fast and reliable data transfer.
Extremely high travel and probing speeds with Digilog
Digilog touch probes by Blum are used for fast and automatic inspection of workpiece contours in machining centers. It is specially designed for the harsh conditions in machine tools, the analogue measuring systems are an effective solution for improving the accuracy of your workpieces and the productivity of your manufacturing lines. Compared to switching measuring systems, analogue scanning measurement enables many more measuring points to be recorded in a friction of the time. Complex contours can be monitored in series at up to 2 m/min. Using the measuring systems, machine setting errors can be detected, thus enabling fast reworking.
Blum ‘in-machine’ probes and laser systems are now in place in some of the world’s largest aerospace and automotive companies and hundreds of sub-contract manufacturers who want to achieve greater accuracy, faster cycle times and less waste.
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