Machine tool probes for component setting and inspection

Renishaw probe systems provide an innovative solution to improve the efficiency of your machine tools.

Touch probes on CNC machining centres and lathes can be used to identify and set up parts, measure features in‑cycle for adaptive machining, and verify finished component dimensions.

Standard accuracy probes

Standard accuracy probes

From simple edge detection through to part alignment and on‑machine gauging, this technology is available in all of Renishaw’s miniature, ultra compact and compact designs.

High-accuracy probes

High-accuracy probes

High-accuracy probes can draw even greater benefits from high specification multi-axis machines and it is for this reason that their use is now widely adopted.

Benefits of component set-up

Probing eliminates the need for expensive fixtures and manual setting with dial indicators. Probes are spindle-mounted on machining centres and turret-mounted on turning centres, giving the following benefits:

  • Reduced machine downtime.
  • Automatic fixture, job alignment and rotary axis set-up.
  • Manual setting errors eliminated.
  • Reduced scrap.
  • Increased productivity and batch-size flexibility.

Benefits of on-machine component inspection

Spindle and turret-mounted probes can also be used for in-cycle gauging and first-off inspection. Manual gauging relies on operator skill or the removal of parts to a CMM, which is not always practical. The benefits of inspection probing include:

  • In-cycle part measurement with automatic offset correction.
  • Increased confidence in unmanned machining.
  • Adaptive machining, providing process feedback to minimise variation.
  • First-off inspection with automatic offset update.
  • Reduced machine downtime awaiting first-off inspection results.

Custom solutions

Custom solutions can be developed by Renishaw’s experienced ‘Specials’ design team.

Relevant machine tool literature

Technical specifications: Probing systems for CNC machine tools

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.

Brochure: 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.