Blum-Novotest, the leading manufacturer of innovative and high-quality measuring and testing technology, presents the new TC63-DIGILOG touch probe at Control in Stuttgart (09 - 12 May 2017) and at the WFL Technology Meeting in Linz (21 - 23 March 2017). In so doing, the company is expanding its range to include a highly versatile digital and analogue probe that is ideally suitable for use in multifunction machines such as those by WFL Millturn Technologies.
Heiko Petruska, Sales Manager Austria, explains: "Workpieces that are manufactured on large turning/milling centres such as those supplied by WFL are often very heavy, with vast dimensions and complex shapes. This presents major challenges not only to the production equipment, but also to the measuring systems used. If deviations are only discovered later on using external measuring machines, the necessary rework can only be performed at significant cost, or may not even be possible at all. The new TC63-DIGILOG allows digital measurements and analogue scanning processes to be performed directly on the machine. Visitors to the WFL technology event will get to see the system operating live on a type M65 machine."
Analogue measurement is always advantageous when it comes to evaluating surfaces or lines, for example, if a workpiece surface needs to be checked for machining flaws. Using a switching digital probe in this type of scenario will require the measurement of a very large number of points in order to achieve sufficient resolution. An analogue probe, on the other hand, is scanned across the surface and can generate thousands of measuring values in a fraction of the time. Astonishing speeds of up to 2 metres per minute with exceptional accuracy can be achieved using the TC63-DIGILOG. On turning/milling centres, the range of applications is expanded to include fully automatic circularity tolerance, concentricity and axial runout measurements.