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.
Tool setting solutions for machining centres
Reduce scrap and increase productivity by accurately setting the length and diameter of cutting tools on CNC machining centres prior to machining. Renishaw has designed a range of tool setters, offering both contact and non-contact tool measurement and broken tool detection.
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 detection||Machine type||Transmission type||Minimum tool detection||Repeatability (2σ)|
|APCA-45||Small - large||Hard-wired||Ø1.0 mm||1.5 µm|
|OTS||Small – medium||Optical||Ø1.0 mm||1.0 µm|
|RTS||Medium – large||Radio||Ø1.0 mm||1.0 µm|
|TS27R||Small – large||Hard-wired||Ø1.0 mm||1.0 µm|
|TS34||Small – large||Hard-wired||Ø1.0 mm||1.0 µm|
|Primo™ Radio 3D Tool Setter||Small – medium||Radio||Ø1.0 mm||1.0 µm|
|Primo™ LTS||Small – large||Hard-wired||Ø0.1 mm||0.75 µm|
|Tool setting Arms||Machine type||Transmission type||Repeatability (2σ)||Probe|
|Lathe and multi-tasking machines||Hard-wired|
|HPGA (automatic)||Lathe, multi-tasking machines and grinders||Hard-wired|
Custom solutions can be developed by Renishaw's experienced 'Specials' design team.
Relevant machine tool literature
Technical specifications: Probing systems for CNC machine tools 2020
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 the selection of the most appropriate system and technical information about each probe.
Pocket guide: 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.