Economic solutions for tool setting in length and radius as well as for tool breakage monitoring. Precise and reliable measurements thanks to cutting-edge measuring mechanism technology with optoelectronic switch signal generation.

ZX-Speed Series – Reliable tool measuring probes for a wide variety of machines

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Wear-free and optoelectronic signal generation
Opto-electronic switching signal generation
  • The trigger signal is generated via shading of a miniature light barrier
  • Enables higher measuring speeds and accuracy than with conventional probes
  • Reliable tool setting under the most adverse conditions
  • Wear-free with long-term stability
High-precision and modern measuring mechanism
Diagram - BLUM touch probe without lobing effect
  • Precise, non-lobing switching behaviour
  • Constant deflection forces
  • High-quality latest-generation BLUM measuring mechanism
  • No disadvantageous 3-leg principle
  • No highly sensitive switching elements
The most up-to-date transmission technologies
Use up to 6 BLUM touch probes with one receiver
  • ZX-Speed: Hardwired
  • ZX-Speed IR: Infrared Transmission
  • ZX-Speed RC: 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 tool measuring probes for tool setting and tool breakage detection

3D tool measuring probes by BLUM can be used for the most varied measurement and monitoring tasks in CNC machining centres.

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.

Coolant Load

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

Mass Production

Ideally suited to mass production under the harshest conditions.

Tool setting probe ZX-Speed
3D tool setting probe with cable connection
Technical drawing of ZX-Speed 3D tool probe for tool breakage detection
Tool setting probe ZX-Speed IR
3D tool setting probe with infrared transmission
Technical drawing of ZX-Speed IR 3D tool probe for tool length and radius measurement and breakage detection
Tool setting probe ZX-Speed RC
3D tool setting probe with BRC radio transmission
Technical drawing of ZX-Speed RC 3D tool probe for tool length and radius measurement and breakage detection
Additional product features
  • Max. probing speed: 2 m/min
  • Repeatability: 0.4 μm 2σ (standard)
  • Min. tool diameter: 1 mm*
  • Protection class IP68
  • Exchangeable measuring surface
  • Extremely robust

* Depending on geometry and material of tool. Probing force must not result in damage to tool.

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.

BLUM Measuring Cycles
An extensive measuring cycle package is available for tool setting with the BLUM ZX-Speed

The measuring cycles are user-friendly subroutines of the machine control. They can be used on milling machines for the following measuring tasks.

  • Calibrating the probe
  • Tool length measurement
  • Tool Radius Measurement
  • Tool wear monitoring
  • Tool breakage detection

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.

Blow nozzles for tool cleaning
BLUM 3D tool probe with blow nozzle for tool cleaning

The optional blow nozzles by BLUM effectively clean the tool and measuring surface of any coolant and chips.

Applications

In addition to simple tool breakage detection, the tool setting probes are also used for tool setting in length and radius.  

Tool setting in length and radius using the BLUM ZX-Speed RC 3D tool setting probe
Tool breakage detection in the machining center using the BLUM ZX-Speed RC 3D tool setting probe
Tool monitoring in the machining centre