Blum-Novotest introduces Z-Nano tool probe

Written by: Laura Hopperton | Published:

Test and measurement specialist Blum-Novotest has announced the availability of its new Z-Nano probe system. According to the company, the tool can be used on CNC machining centres to conduct automatic tool length measurement and breakage detection. It can also undertake temperature compensation in one machine axis.

Instead of the previous sliding guide system, the new Z-Nano works with a ball guideway to further reduce measuring force. According to Blum-Novotest, even smaller tools starting from 0.1mm diameter can now be measured, depending on tool geometry and material. In its standard version, the probe offers repeatability of 0.5µm 2s and for special applications it is also available with a 'High Precision' design with a repeatability of 0.2µm 2s.

For the production of large series runs, time optimised software is available to enable fast tool breakage detection within 1-2 seconds. The device is said to be mountable in vertical as well as in horizontal orientations.

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