Metrology Touch probe performance in machine systems
Germany/ UK – Blum's TC-Digilog was the first touch probe for robust use in machine tools. At this year's Mach exhibition in the UK, the company will introduce its RG 2.0 software that allows parameters such as waviness, skew or contact area ratio to be presented for the measured surface, in addition to the calculated roughness values.
This system can be integrated with the Digilog software in machining centre control systems. Blum says this enables customer-specific signal analyses to be performed for route-based measurement and for form and surface defects to be logged, as well as lengths and angles of the measured surface.
The company's new TP48-21 touch panel is suitable for retrofitting and can also provide direct display and operation tools. A soft-key to switch between the machining program and the user interfaces enable users to define warning and tolerance limits or analyse current measurements. The new software runs on the Blum IPC48-20 installed in the control cabinet which are powered by Windows 7 Embedded and output to the controller via a remote connection.