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BLUM presents game-changing Metrology for Industry 4.0 at AMB 2016 
BLUM presents game-changing Metrology for Industry 4.0 at AMB 2016 

BLUM presents game-changing Metrology for Industry 4.0 at AMB 2016 

Added to MTDCNC by Blum-Novotest on 24 August 2016

As the leading manufacturer of high-quality measuring and testing technology, Blum-Novotest will be presenting brand new products and application examples for all matters regarding 'reliable sensor technology for Industry 4.0' at AMB 2016. At the Stuttgart event in Hall 1, Stand H71, Blum will be showcasing solutions relating to analogue contour scanning, reliable measurements with coolants and greater productivity through process-integrated roughness measurements. 

"Digital production is more relevant than ever after the term Industry 4.0 was coined. A cornerstone of this process is the creation of fully networked and end-to-end process chains. In machine tools, this demands the application of production metrology, as failures or unreliable measurement results contribute to a much greater loss in productivity than would be the case with conventional production processes. At AMB, we will use the latest application examples to show visitors why Blum touch probes, laser, DIGILOG and roughness measurement systems are an essential part of the fourth industrial revolution," explains Heribert Bucher, Manager of the Components Measuring Division at Blum. 

The challenges of on-machine measurement technology is very different to those encountered when measuring outside the machine. Coolant and oil frequently become an underestimated source of incorrect measurements when using standard touch probes. At this year's show, Blum will show how reliable and consistent measurement can be conducted on the machine despite the presence of coolants and oils.  

This is credit to Pre-deflection technology and an increased measuring force that ensure coolant has no impact on the actual measurement, even at a measuring speed of 5 m/min. The bi-directional TC61 touch probe system even enables pulling measurements of grooves and bars. 

A further highlight on the Blum stand will be the impressive DIGILOG technology. To achieve high compression ratios in combustion engines, the contours of the sealing chamfer on the valve seat ring must meet strict tolerance requirements. The concentricity of the valve guide and the valve seat is also of major importance within this context. Until now these features have been measured outside the machine with the result of high scrap rates on expensive cylinder heads. Blum's TC64 DIGILOG touch probe measures the concentricity digitally. It also enables analogue scanning and monitoring of the sealing chamfer while the workpiece is still clamped in the machine. 

BLUM will also be presenting its latest solutions that focus on 'machine-integrated surface roughness measurement'. When machining blisks for aircraft engine turbines, there is a necessity for dimensional accuracy and also a defined surface roughness. In this case, the new TC64-RG surface roughness gauges is used to ensure machining faults and poor surface finishes are detected during the process. If ultra-precise DIN-compliant measurements as small as one tenth of a micron are required, the roughness gauge is guided across the workpiece surface at a comparatively slow measuring speed. When it comes to detecting machining errors in the micron range, measurements can be carried out up to 20 times faster. 

"Industry 4.0 has been an established practice at Blum-Novotest for many years, in fact we were actually implementing these processes before the concept even had a name. Ultimate reliability in the harshest environments is a matter of course for Blum products. We can therefore offer a process-integrated, Industry 4.0 solution for numerous measurement activities," Heribert Bucher concludes.

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