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Machine tool probes for tool setting and broken tool detection

Renishaw probe systems provide an innovative solution to improve the efficiency of your machine tools.

Tool setting can measure the size of tools before cutting starts, and check for tool damage or breakage during the machining operation.

Save time. Reduce scrap. Stay competitive.

Benefits of automated tool setting

Using slip gauges and entering offset data manually takes time and is prone to operator error. Tool setting probes are easily installed on machining centres and CNC turning centres, allowing automated operation with the following benefits:

  • Significant time savings with reduced machine downtime
  • Accurate tool length and diameter measurement
  • Automatic tool offset calculation and correction
  • Elimination of manual setting errors
  • In-cycle tool breakage detection
  • Reduced scrap

Tool setting and broken tool detection systems

Contact tool setter and broken tool detectionMachine typeTransmission typeMinimum tool detectionRepeatability (2σ)
OTSSmall – mediumOpticalØ1.0 mm1.0 µm
RTSMedium – largeRadioØ1.0 mm1.0 µm
TS27RSmall – large Hard-wiredØ1.0 mm1.0 µm
TS34Small – largeHard-wiredØ1.0 mm1.0 µm

Primo™ Radio 3D Tool Setter

Small – mediumRadioØ1.0 mm1.0 µm
Non-contact tool setter and broken tool detectionMachine typeTransmission typeMinimum tool detectionRepeatability (2σ)
NC4Small – largeHard-wiredØ0.03 mm0.10 µm
NCPCBPCB machineHard-wiredØ0.10 mm0.50 µm

Broken tool detection
with
ToolWise™

    
TRS2Small – large Hard-wired Ø0.02 mm 
Tool setting ArmsMachine typeTransmission typeRepeatability (2σ)Probe

HPRA (removable)

HPPA (manual)

HPMA (automatic)

Lathe and multi-tasking machinesHard-wired

5.00 μm
(6 in to 15 in arms)

8.00 μm
(18 in to 24 in arms)

RP3
1.0 µm 2σ repeatability


HPGA (automatic)Lathe, multi-tasking machines and grindersHard-wired

3.00 μm

LP2 or MP250

Custom solutions

Custom solutions can be developed by Renishaw's experienced 'Specials' design team.

Relevant machine tool literature

  • Technical specifications: Probing systems for CNC machine tools Technical specifications: Probing systems for CNC machine tools

    The type of probing system that you need will depend on your machine tool and the nature of the probing application. This document focuses on the main applications for probing on machine tools. It contains an introduction to the use of probing for each application, plus guidance on selection of the most appropriate system and technical information about each probe.

  • Brochure: Pocket guide to probes for CNC machine tools Brochure: Pocket guide to probes for CNC machine tools

    An easy to use pocket guide introducing Renishaw's range of probing solutions for CNC machine tools. Process control solutions.