Versatile, hard-wired touch probe for tool and workpiece measurement in highly productive conditions. Precise and fast measurements thanks to innovative, face-geared shark360 measuring mechanism with optoelectronic switch signal generation.

TC76 touch probe – The ideal probe for tool measurement in turning machines

  • Highlights
  • Applications
  • Features
  • Accessories
Wear-free, optoelectronic signal generation
Sectional view of TC53 measuring mechanism signal generation
  • The trigger signal is generated via shading of a miniature light barrier
  • Enables much higher measuring speeds and accuracy than with conventional probes
  • Wear-free with long-term stability
Patented and face-geared shark360 measuring mechanism
Illustration of Shark360 measuring mechanism
  • Face-geared measuring mechanism 
  • Maximum measuring accuracy even with off-centre probing
  • Enables pulling and torsion-exposed measurements
  • Constant deflection forces 
  • No preferred direction
Extendible on a modular basis using extensions and elbows
Modular extension by extender TC76
  • Extensions and elbows allow for user-specific adaptation
  • Cranked styli
  • Installation on machine table or wall using optional  socket
  • Tool measurement using stylus with cube
BLUM Touch Probes

The TC76 touch probe can be used both for workpiece measurement as well as tool measurement.

Tool Breakage Detection

Non-contact breakage detection of centric tools such as drills, mills, engraving tools, taps and reamers.

Tool Length Measurement

Automatic setting and wear monitoring of tools by quick and precise length measurement.

Tool Radius Measurement

Automatic recording of tool diameter and wear through quick and precise radius measurement.

Wear Compensation

Compensation of tool wear using measurements between the machining steps. The wear value is stored as an additive correction value in the tool offset memory.

Temperature Compensation

Compensation of the temperature-dependant thermal behaviour of machining centres.

Position Measurement

Fast determination of current workpiece position (workpiece zero point) prior to machining or after resetting using digital (switching) measurement.

Measurement of Standard Features

Digital (switching) measurement of distances, single points, angles, inside and outside diameters, inside and outside widths on a manufactured workpiece.

Pulling Measurement

Fast measurement of inside widths, outside widths and recesses using pulling/pushing measurements in Z+/Z- with the help of cranked styli.

Modular System

The modular design of the measuring system enables customer-specific adaptation for special measuring tasks. BLUM offers a comprehensive range of accessories such as extensions and elbows for this purpose.

Workpiece Inspection

Inspection of the manufactured workpieces for machining errors and adherence to manufacturing tolerance by means of control measurements prior to clamping.

Torsion Measurements

Unlike conventional touch probes, the unique shark360 measuring mechanism also allows for measurements in which a torsional force acts on the measuring mechanism.

Adaptive Machining

Determination of parameters for adaptive machining and process control between and after machining steps.

Coolant Load

Reliable and fast measurements in coolant thanks to modern measuring mechanism and robust design.

Single & Mass Production

Ideally suited to mass production under the harshest conditions thanks to its rugged design and protection class IP68.

Touch Probe TC76
Extremly compact touch probe with BRC radio transmission
Technical drawing of TC76
Further product features
  • Max. probing speed: 2 m/min
  • Repeatability: 0.4 µm 2σ
  • Protection class: IP68
  • Approach directions: ±X, ±Y, ±Z

Additional information can be found in the relevant brochure and in the operating manual.

Extension options
TC76 accessories: Extenders and elbows

A full range of accessories is available for the TC76 touch probe, providing optimal solutions for customer-specific applications:

  • Various sockets
  • Pneumatically operated protection sleeve
  • Elbows
  • Extensions
  • Various styli
Quickstart measuring cycle packages
Measurement on lathes with BLUM Quickstart T

Quickstart measuring cycles for BLUM workpiece touch probes are user-friendly subroutines of the machine control. They can be used for workpiece referencing as well as for measuring during the production process.

The following measuring cycle packages are available for the TC76 touch probe:

  • Quickstart
  • Quickstart T
  • Quickstart Z
  • Quickstart M

Applications

Tool measurement in the turning machine using mechanical protection sleeve
Tactile tool measurement in the lathe using a BLUM TC76 probe