Universal touch probe systems for extremely fast measurements under the harshest conditions in medium and large machine tools. Superior precision and speed due to modern, multi-directional measuring mechanism with optoelectronic switch signal generation.

TC50 | TC60 touch probes – Manufacture more productively with measuring speeds of up to 3 m/min

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Wear-free, optoelectronic signal generation
BLUM touch probe switching signal generation
  • The trigger signal is generated via shading of a miniature light barrier
  • Enables much higher measuring speeds and accuracies than comparable touch probes
  • Wear-free with long-term stability
High-precision, rotationally symmetrical measuring mechanism
Diagram - BLUM touch probe without lobing effect
  • Precise, non-lobing touch characteristics
  • Constant deflection forces
  • Spindle indexing is not required
  • No disadvantageous 3-leg principle with lobing effect
  • No highly sensitive switching elements
Reliable and proven transmission technology
Use up to 6 BLUM touch probes with one receiver
  • Probe TC50: Infrared transmission
  • Probe TC60: BRC radio technology
  • DUO-Mode: Sequential use of 2 infrared measuring systems with one receiver
  • Sequential use of up to 6 radio measuring systems with one receiver
  • TWIN mode: Simultaneous use of 2 radio measuring systems on one machine
  • Very long battery life
BLUM Workpiece Touch Probes

Touch probe systems by BLUM can be used for the most varied measurement and monitoring tasks in machine tools.

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.

Contour Measurement

The touch probes can be used for contour measurements using the FormControl measurement software.

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Workpiece Inspection

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

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 with enhanced measuring force.

Single & Mass Production

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

Wear Compensation

Tool wear is compensated for by taking measurements on the workpiece and comparing these with the nominal dimension.

Temperature Compensation

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

Touch Probe TC50
Touch probe with infrared transmission
Technical drawing of BLUM TC50 touch probe
Touch Probe TC60
Touch probe with BRC radio transmission
Technical drawing of BLUM TC60 touch probe
Further product features
  • Max. probing speed: 3 m/min
  • Repeatability: 0.3 µm 2σ
  • Protection class: IP68
  • Approach directions: ±X, ±Y, -Z

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

Receiver Systems
BLUM Receiver RC66

For wireless data transmission between BLUM measuring systems and the machine tool, compact receiver systems incorporating the latest transmission technologies are used.

Quickstart measuring cycle packages
BLUM Quickstart measuring cycle package for touch probes

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 TC50 | TC60 touch probes:

  • Quickstart
  • Quickstart Basic
  • Quickstart T
  • 3D Vector Probing
FormControl measurement software
BLUM CNC touch probe on freeform surface

User-friendly software for rapid quality control of contour measurement and standard geometric elements in CNC machining centres. You create the measuring programme for complex measuring tasks easily on the PC and transfer it to the milling machine.

FormControl V4 measurement software – Measuring at the click of a mouse in CNC milling machines

Applications

The touch probe systems are ideally suitable for fast and highly accurate measurement on machine tools used in single and mass production.  

Simultaneous measurement on double-spindle machine with BLUM TC60 touch probe
TWIN measurement on double-spindle machine with touch probe
Fast workpiece measurementin the coolant with BLUM TC60 touch probe
TC60 touch probe - measurement under the harshest conditions

Success Stories

Siegfried Lorch
In BLUM we have found a partner that can offer us high-quality products and corresponding service. In addition, we have been extremely satisfied with the BLUM touch probes for years.
Siegfried Lorch
General Manager at Helios-Preisser GmbH in Gammertingen, Germany