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BLUM introduces the most advanced tool setting probe yet 

BLUM introduces the most advanced tool setting probe yet 

Added to MTDCNC by Blum-Novotest on 09 March 2017

As the industry leading supplier of groundbreaking high-quality measuring and testing technology, Blum-Novotest has now launched its new ZX-Speed tool setting probe.  This latest addition now means that Blum Novotest has the most innovative 3D tool setting probe series with three new compact tool measurement systems for length and radius as well as tool breakage detection.  

Wolfgang Reiser, Technical Director at BLUM explains: The new ZX-Speed is aimed at customers that wish to profit from automatic, quick and economical tool measurement and monitoring.  The tool length measurement and breakage detection processes are carried out while the tool is stationary. Only large tools such as face mills that must be measured off-centre are measured under rotation. The measurements are performed, for example, after a new tool has been loaded or for control measurements between machining steps. This is a reliable method of avoiding costly rejects due to undetected tool breakage, wear and poorly adjusted tools."

A  particularly  noteworthy feature  of  the  new ZX-Speed  is  the  modern,  multi-directional measuring  mechanism. Unlike  standard  probes,  the new ZX-Speed has a rotationally  symmetric  design  that offers  constant  and  extremely precise  measuring  characteristics  in  all  measuring  directions  without  a  preferred direction.  This allows the measurement of even very small tools starting from a diameter of 1mm with an ultra-precise repeatability of 0.4μm. 

The trigger signal generation system used by the BLUM tool measuring probe is also remarkable because it is based on opto-electronics. This method uses the shading of a miniature light barrier rather than a simple micro-switch. This wear-free system guarantees consistently high precision levels even after millions of switching cycles. 

The  new  tool  setting  probe  is  available  in  three  versions. It has a wired option, an infrared system or a radio transmission device.  The  highly economical  wired  version  is  recommended  if  it  is  possible  to  mount  the  probe  at  a  fixed  location  in  the  machine without causing interference. It is supplied as standard unit with a highly flexible connection cable and a 1.5m steel spiral protective hose. 

If  a  BLUM workpiece  touch probe is  already  fitted  to  the machine  or  if wired  installation  is  not  possible, the wireless variants  are  available. The  ZX-Speed IR  is  the  perfect  solution  for  machines  with  pallet  changers. Using the infrared transmission a trigger signal is forwarded to the IR-receiver IC56. When operated in DUO-Mode, it allows two measuring systems to be applied sequentially using only one IR-receiver. 

The ZX-Speed RC with BRC radio technology is generally used if a direct line of sight between the probe and receiver cannot be guaranteed. One  advantage  of  this innovative  new  transmission  technology  is  that  each  single  bit of  the  radio  signal  runs across the entire width of the frequency band, thus making transmission particularly resistant to interference. 

The proven BRC radio technology also allows sequential activation of up to six BLUM radio measuring systems with one receiver  as  well  as  the  simultaneous  use  of  two  radio measuring  systems  on  a single  machine  operating  in  TWIN mode. Thanks  to  its  robust  construction  according  to  protection  class  IP68,  the  ZX-Speed  is  perfect  for  the  tough demands  of  machine  tool  applications.  It  is  also  worth  mentioning  that  the  newest  addition  to  the BLUM tool setting probe series is comparatively compact, making it ideal for use in machines offering limited space. 

To meet the needs of each customer,  BLUM  offers a comprehensive range of accessories for the probe systems. This includes replaceable measuring surfaces, different mounting brackets as well as blow nozzles for cleaning the tool and measuring surface.

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