Quality & Inspection Blum Novotext opens new demonstration facility

Editor: Barbara Schulz

UK - Following the recent move from its longstanding Lichfield location to a purpose built facility in Burton-Upon-Trent, UK, Blum Novotest has acquired a Bridgeport GX710 machining centre to conduct on-machine demonstrations, testing and customer training.

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Work envelope of the new Bridgeport machine.
Work envelope of the new Bridgeport machine.
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The move to Burton-Upon-Trent was completed in March and the new Bridgeport GX710 3-axis machining centre will form the centrepiece of the new facility.


Commenting upon the new premises and the new Bridgeport machine, Blum Novotest UK's Managing Director, David Mold says: "This new facility will enable us to provide our customers with a comfortable environment to conduct training, re-fresher courses and product testing and component trials. The new site has plentiful office space and most importantly a demonstration area to highlight why our products are far superior to on-machine measurement products from alternate vendors."

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In the immediate term, the Bridgeport GX710 will be loaded with Blum metrology equipment such as the TC50 workpiece touch probe, the TC54 tool-setting probe, the Laser-Control NT and the renowned TMAC Tool Monitoring System. The TC50 workpiece probe has a completely innovative opto-electronic measuring unit that delivers exceptional measuring results when probing the component in various direc¬tions whilst the TC54 probe sits within a machine tool to provide in-cycle measurements of the cutting tool to maximise tool usage and machine utilisation.

Working in synergy with the probes will be the LaserControl NT-H 3D. This non-contact tool setting technology measures rotating tools as well as the mechanical measurement of non-rotating tools in five approach directions. With the increasing use of mill/turn centres, Blum Novotest developed the LaserControl NT-H 3D to cater for the demands of these machine types.