Blum-Novotest Investing into new software for measurement

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Increased quality control: High value manufacturers will be given a machining boost after Blum-Novotest announced the launch of LC-Vision.

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Recognising wears early can be a huge money-safer.
Recognising wears early can be a huge money-safer.
(Source: Blum-Novotest)

The company, a provider for technology for production metrology, has invested over 150,000 pound into bringing groundbreaking new software to market that will help firms get the most out of the LC50 Digilog laser measurement system.

Experts from the East Staffordshire-based business will be rolling out the innovation that visualises measurement results covering 3D Tool-Control, Spindle-Control and Grind-Control.

This means users from automotive, aerospace, medical and renewables will know sooner about wears and defects on the tool cutting edges, visualisation of spindle wear to improve preventative maintenance and detailed representation of issues with the grinding wheel.

David Mold, Managing Director at Blum-Novotest, commented: “We launched the LC50 in 2018, the next generation of the laser and the latest addition to the hugely successful Digilog family.

“After listening to our customers, we are delighted to introduce LC-Vision, which will give machining firms the ability identify wear and defects in the cutting tools and grinding wheels quicker — they can then compensate for them whilst still in the machine.

“By utilising a ‘Best Fit’ feature, tools can be modified so parts are machined much more accurately than before so every component coming off should be good. Scrapping or re-working should be a thing of the past with this software.”

The plan will be to include the LC-Vision software on machines fitted with Blum-Novotest’s Digilog LC50 laser measurement system free of charge. Every application will be shown on the software, but only those purchased will be active, with customers able to purchase additional features as part of a licensing agreement. Future development will eventually cover the rest of the Digilog range, including probe, roughness gauge probe and the bore gauge system.

David went on to add: “LC50 evaluates the analogue signal rather than the digital one, meaning we can take thousands of measuring values of all cutting tool edges per second, resulting in highly dynamic measurement of tool parameters. In essence, this technology is 60 % quicker than conventional in-machine measuring.”

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