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
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Precision measurement with the
BLUM TC52 LF.
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."