Laser measuring system for CNC machining centres for non-contact tool measurement and tool monitoring under the harshest conditions. Unbeatable precision and reliability due to high-quality laser optic, intelligent NT Electronics and unique BLUM protection system.

Micro Compact NT – Laser measuring system for CNC machining centres proven in thousands of applications worldwide

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Proven high-precision laser measuring system
Tool measurement and monitoring on a ball nose mill with LaserControl NT
  • Support systems provide highest precision
  • Laser diodes and lenses of the highest quality
  • Intelligent NT-Technology
  • Maximum absolute accuracy with focused laser beam
  • Programmable by integrated microprocessor
  • Pre-aligned laser for easy mounting
  • Extremely robust and long-lasting
Non-contact, optical tool measurement
Measurement of a T-slot mill with the BLUM laser measuring system
  • Fast, precise and automatic measurement of all tool types, shapes and cutting materials (PKD, CBN, etc.)
  • Tool measurement in real clamping condition and at nominal speed
  • Compensation of spindle drift and concentricity errors of the tool cutting edges
  • Reliable measurement of sensitive and very small tools
  • Measurement of multi-staged tools and special tools
100 % reliable due to BLUM protection system
LaserControl NT protection system for reliable tool measurement
  • Reliable tool measurement thanks to patented NT Electronics and barrier air flow
  • Perfect protection for the lens from contamination through proven mechanical shutter
  • BLUM pneumatic unit for maximum availability and low-maintenance operation
  • Reliable tool cleaning by high-end blow nozzles
  • Very low air consumption
  • Protection class IP68
BLUM standard measuring cycles

The measuring cycles for BLUM laser measuring systems can be used to measure and monitor over 90 % of all conventional cutting tools. The measuring cycles are available for many conventional controls. Your local BLUM-representative will gladly inform you about the range of features for your control.

Tool Breakage Detection

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

Tool Setting

Non-contact tool setting in length and radius at nominal speed including compensation of dynamic spindle drift at high rotational speeds.

Single Cutting Edge Monitoring

Monitoring of tools regarding cutting edge breakage and missing tool inserts.

Tool Form Measurement

Setting and monitoring of length, radius and cutting edge radius on tools with circular cutting edge geometry.

Tool Form Monitoring

Monitoring for cracks or wear by scanning the tool cutting edges.

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.

RunoutControl*

Rapid run-out monitoring in less than 1 second for highly productive machining centres.

* The technology cycle is available for selected controls.

MicroWearControl*

Fast monitoring of tool cutting edges for microbursts in a highly productive environment.

* The technology cycle is available for selected controls.

3D RadiusControl*

Recording of form error on tools with circular cutting edge geometry. Data basis for 3D tool radius compensation “3D-ToolComp” by Heidenhain.

* The technology cycle is available for selected controls.

ChamferControl*

Length, radius and angle measurement on tools with angular edges such as spot facers, engraving mills, etc.

* The technology cycle is available for selected controls.

ConicalToolControl*

Monitoring of conical cutting tools such as conical thread mills/formers, chamfer cutters, end mills, etc.

* The technology cycle is available for selected controls.

ProfileControl*

Cutting edge monitoring by laser measuring system on freely definable tool geometry.

* The technology cycle is available for selected controls.

ToolTipControl*

Radial high point search by laser measurement for recording the contact point of turning and milling tools.

* The technology cycle is available for selected controls.

GrindControl*

Dynamic measurement of grinding tools and grinding wheels by laser measuring system.

* The technology cycle is available for selected controls.

OrientateTool*

Alignment and orientation of tools for compensating for tool change errors on turning tools, ultrasonic cutters, etc.

* The technology cycle is available for selected controls.

LaserControl Micro Compact NT
Technical drawing of Micro Compact NT laser measuring device for tool monitoring
Repeatability:
  • Distance transmitter/receiver < 30 mm: 0.1 µm 2σ *
  • Distance transmitter/receiver < 1000 mm: 1.0 µm 2σ *
Tool diameter, minimum:
  • Distance transmitter/receiver < 30 mm: 5 μm *
  • Distance transmitter/receiver < 1000 mm: 125 µm *

* Depending on the mounting situation, stability of attachment, distance and measuring mode.
Additional information can be found in the relevant brochure and in the operating manual.

LaserControl EC
BLUM laser system for drill bit breakage monitoring and single cutting edge monitoring
BLUM laser measuring system EC for drill bit breakage monitoring
  • Non-contact monitoring of sensitive tools
  • Optional single cutting edge monitoring
  • Available as single and mounting version
  • 100% in-process reliability due to BLUM protection system
  • Top BLUM quality at an attractive price
Reliable tool cleaning by BLUM blow nozzles
Blow nozzle for tool cleaning
  • Jet of air guided perfectly towards the measuring position
  • This provides residue-free cleaning of coolant, chips and pollution from the cutting tools
  • Integrated check valve: Prevents the accumulation of coolant in the feed nozzles and resulting contamination of the tool cutting edges
  • Guarantees reliable tool measurement and tool monitoring
Indispensable – the BLUM pneumatic unit
Blum-Novotest pneumatic unit
  • Guarantees low-maintenance operation
  • Enables low compressed air consumption
  • 3-stage filter system (5 / 0.01 / 0.001 µm activated charcoal filter)
  • Optimised valves with minimum switching times
  • “Puff effect” for best possible cleaning when opening the shutters
  • Outputs with finest filtered barrier air for linear displacement sensors and tool cleaning

Applications

Modern machine tools used for unmanned machining must be equipped with sensors for reliable process monitoring. In this scenario, LaserControl systems can be used for precise tool setting and tool monitoring.

Reliable tool monitoring under the harshest conditions.
High-precision measurement and tool monitoring of a conical thread milling cutter.

Success Stories

Walter Strohmeier, MTU Aero Engines GmbH and Winfried Weiland, Blum-Novotest GmbH
The special cycle that BLUM wrote for us to measure the special tools used with special profiles proved to be particularly effective.
Walter Strohmeir
User support representative for NC engineering at MTU Aero Engines GmbH in Munich, Germany