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
  • 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
  • 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
  • ZX-Speed: Hard-wired
  • 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 by 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-dependent thermal behaviour of machining centres.

Coolant load

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

Mass Production

Perfectly suitable for mass production under the harshest conditions.

Tool setting probe ZX-Speed
Tool setting probe ZX-Speed IR
Tool setting probe ZX-Speed RC
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

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

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

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