Quality & Inspection

Blum Novotext opens new demonstration facility

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Protecting your CNC machine

For the elimination of broken cutting tools and the resultant damage or scrapping of components, the new Tool Monitor Adaptive Control (TMAC) system will protect the CNC machine while providing valuable information regarding the cutting process.

The TMAC reduces the high cost of replacement tools, lost production and rejected parts by effectively measuring tool wear in real time. It operates on the principle that the horsepower required to cut a part increases as the condition of the cutting edges of the tool deteriorates. This has already been implemented by many of the world's leading aerospace OEM's and by having this on the Bridgeport machine at its new UK headquarters, Blum is keen to invite manufacturers to explore the potential of this technology.


The German metrology specialist will be tooling the machine with cutting tools from Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC), which will include high precision boring tools from BIG Kaiser. The bores created by these tools will be measured by the Blum BG60 bore gauge.

As Mold continues: "By taking our floor space from 100 to 234sq/m, we have sufficient room to conduct product tests and trials. As we have recently become a 'technical partner' to the ETG Group, we quickly realised that the Bridgeport VMC was an ideal fit for our new demonstration area. When tooled with high specification cutting tools, our industry leading metrology equipment will highlight the cost, cycle time, productivity and above all precision gains that customers can obtain."