There is a little bit of Blum-Novotest almost everywhere inside!
Did you expect measuring and testing technology by Blum-Novotest to be used in the production of many everyday products? Be it with smartphones, watches, vehicles, medical implants, aircraft, rotors or even children’s toys – our forward-looking technology helps leading customers across a range of industrial sectors to produce optimum quality at economic prices – and always with the “focus on productivity”.
The tools produced by manufacturers of dies must meet the strictest requirements – as any deviations are ultimately reproduced at the same scale in the end products. Ever-increasing quality and productivity requirements combined with growing competitive pressure are leading to greater automation of production and the rise of unmanned multi-shift operations. With theMeasuring Components division, Blum-Novotest ensures the best possible conditions in which to achieve these objectives: Examples include BLUM touch probes, which are used in the machine tool and avoid costly rejects by detecting deviations at the original setting stage. On the other hand, laser measuring systems of the LaserControl type perform tool setting functions at nominal spindle rotation speed, detect tool wear and automatically compensate for spindle offset as well as the thermal expansion of the entire plant.
We have only had positive experiences with the BLUM lasers and can save considerable working time through dispensing with the pre-setting.
With our technologically advanced tool and workpiece measuring systems for machine tools, the Measuring Components division is a long-standing partner to the international machine tool industry and is the undisputed market leader in the area of laser measuring technology. We place great emphasis on internationality – our worldwide sales and service network supports end customers as well as machine manufacturers. Thanks to numerous subsidiaries and trained system integrators, we can offer you extremely short response times across the globe for service calls, training and retrofitting requests and in providing support for your processes.
The Measuring Machines division is particularly impressive when it comes to configuring continuous process chains. To protect your economic advantage, we cooperate with numerous leading machine manufacturers to offer bespoke complete solutions consisting of machine tools and measuring machines. For us, closed-loop is not just a technical term, but also our day-to-day business!
We are fortunate to have got such a powerful solution from the duo comprising BLUM touch probes and a Citizen machine.
In the context of the C02 debate and the resulting need to cut fuel consumption, the power plants used must become increasingly efficient. However, the associated design improvements for all components inevitably lead to finer manufacturing tolerances. Moreover, processes at manufacturers and suppliers are becoming increasingly automated in a bid to reduce costs. The Measuring Components division at Blum-Novotest can play a key role here with robust, rapid and exceptionally precise production measurement technology. From workpiece setting through to control measurements between the machining steps all the way to measurement and monitoring of cutting tools, all product groups in series production are used.
In addition, the Measuring Machines division at Blum-Novotest offers systems for measuring rotationally symmetrical parts in series production. Along with proven multipoint measuring machines, measuring and automation cells and non-destructive crack detection systems, bespoke special measuring systems can also be developed on request in cooperation with the customer. Components to be measured in addition to brake discs and brake drums also include camshafts, differential housing, rotor vacuum pumps, radially flexible rolling bushes, wheel hubs or converter parts.
The NOVOTEST Test Engineering division offers test stands for transmissions, drive shafts and bellows for 100% testing. The range of applications realised for leading vehicle and transmission manufacturers extends from the smallest cars to Sprinter vans all the way to city buses, from manual to automatic and double-clutch transmissions, and from development test stands to interlinked production test stands.
Watches & Jewellery
Not many industrial sectors demand greater precision, expertise and quality than this one. Accuracies in the range of hundredths of millimetres are standard, and it is quite normal to work in the micrometre or even the nanometre range – at the limit of what many NC control systems can achieve. Added to this are tools whose diameter sometimes measure mere fractions of a human hair. To master these challenges, many manufacturers rely on production measurement technology from BLUM. The Measuring Components ensure ultra-precise production in the machining centres at economical prices. For instance, the LaserControl measuring system uses machine-integrated tool pre-setting and rapid wear and tool breakage detection to help companies produce delicate workpieces of the best possible quality.
In addition to the precision, we were particularly impressed with the level of reliability. The system developed by BLUM exceeds our expectations in every respect.
Technologies by Blum-Novotest are also used in the production of items such as smartphones, TVs, laptops and tablets. This involves the mass production not only of plastic parts, but also of housings and parts made of aluminium, for example, used in popular premium products from major electronics groups. The measuring systems from the Measuring Components division can be used to guarantee reliable series production of the necessary milled parts on the one hand, but also the production of injection moulds for plastic parts with greater precision and higher quality on the other. Whether it's dimensional measurements, scanning workpieces or checking the surface roughness – BLUM measuring systems make every production line effective and precise.
BLUM touch probes are used to shorten the machining time and ensure high quality. They play a decisive role in improving our productivity.
To remain internationally competitive, the manufacturing processes of medical technology products such as implants and surgical tools are increasingly being automated. The Measuring Components division has supported numerous medical technology companies for many years with machine-integrated workpiece and tool measurement systems. Implants or medical instruments always involve complex geometries and extremely fine tolerances in the µm range. Consequently, it pays to measure these workpieces, which are made from costly materials such as titanium or Inconel, in the original setting in order to avoid rework and rejects. Thanks to the touch probe series from Blum-Novotest, compromises between safety and machining time during the process are a thing of the past.
Unmanned operation at this level of reliability would be unthinkable without the BLUM laser measuring system. Moreover, services covering all aspects of the product – from service to consulting all the way to support – are first class!
In the aerospace industry, the performance requirements are extremely high because the issue of safety is of paramount importance. From a manufacturing technology perspective, materials such as Inconel and titanium that are difficult to machine, enormous component sizes as well as the precision required all pose a challenge to production teams. BLUM laser measuring systems from the Measuring Components division are used here as standard equipment for tool measurement and monitoring tasks. The systems also help to reduce kerosene consumption: For instance, non-contact length measurement of turbine blades conducted in the rotating state enables the smallest manufacturing tolerances to be realised, which allows aircraft turbines to operate even more efficiently. The touch probes by BLUM are also used here. As in many other industrial sectors, their ability to provide quick and high-precision workpiece measurements avoids unnecessary rejects and productivity losses. BLUM always wishes you a pleasant flight…!
Especially, BLUM laser measuring systems provide us with the reliability we need for our cutting processes
Wind Power & Energy
The growing pace of internationalisation in the sector has further intensified the competitive and price pressure for companies operating in the wind power industry. For this reason, many manufacturers are looking for ways to streamline and optimise their manufacturing processes and costs. One factor that sets this particular industry apart is the very large workpieces such as slewing rings and rotor blades. Any machining errors that are detected outside the machine tool can only be corrected at considerable extra cost. Products from the Measuring Components division, allow manufacturers to detect possible machining errors in the original setting, thereby enabling them to rework them immediately. The production process is more efficient as a result and rejects are reduced to a minimum.