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Quality and accuracy requirements

across the energy sector are crucial and

go right through the supply chain.

GTMA's membership base includes measurement

companies at the leading edge of

the measurement industry and with products

and services widely used in energy, defence,

aerospace, medical and automotive.

Among the leaders is Blum-Novotest whose

laser measuring systems for tool measurement, workpiece touch

probes and the

associated FormControl software are used

to produce optimum quality at the milling

centre of global tooling company g.rau.

The manufacturer has three sites in

Pforzheim, Germany totalling 34,500 sq

metres and facilities also in Costa Rica.

g.rau's product range includes multi-stage

operation dies for stamped/bent components, deep-drawing

and extrusion models

and it can machine parts up to one metre

long, with extreme accuracy requirements.

Among equipment to help in the task on a

five-axis milling centre is a LaserControl

Micro Compact NT tool measurement system

from Blum-Novotest used for calibrating new tools

and for wear measurement

and compensation. The focussed laser

beam makes it possible to measure the

length of even extremely thin tools just as

precisely as the actual diameter. All tools

are measured from the spherical cutter with

a diameter of 0.5mm to the cutter head

measuring 50mm across.

Toolmaking production team head Marcel

Heinz said: ""It completely eliminates the

need for tool pre-setters. Instead of

painstakingly measuring new tools on an

external measuring station and entering the

values manually into the control system, the

geometry is recorded directly in the machine

and stored in the tool database in the

control system. This eliminates errors on the

one hand while reassuring us that the

values recorded are actually correct on the



IndySoft, the best 'commercially available' Enterprise-wide Asset Management

and Instrument Calibration Software

today, is widely used in multiple sectors

including energy, nuclear, oil and gas.

The popularity and success of the software

is largely due to its recognition of compliance with AS9100, TS16949,


FDA 21CFR Part 11 and ISO17025 - to

name a few.

Almost 20 years of continuous development

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equipment like Electrical, Force, Pressure,

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Precision measurement with the


Also proving invaluable is a Blum TC52 LF

compact touch probe which thanks to the

multi-directional measuring mechanism

does not return different measurement

results when probing in different directions

compared with many other probe. This also

helps to meet high levels of accuracy.

"A key factor that influenced the decision in

favour of the TC52 LF was that BLUM

could also supply measuring software with

the touch probe", recalls Heinz. "Until then,

we could only approach the workpiece

using the touch probe and read the measurement

from the screen of the machine.

The FormControl software allows us to do a

great deal more."


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