Machine tool probes for tool setting and broken tool detection

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

Tool setting can measure the size of tools before cutting starts, and check for tool damage or breakage during the machining operation.

Save time. Reduce scrap. Stay competitive.

Benefits of automated tool setting

Using slip gauges and entering offset data manually takes time and is prone to operator error. Tool setting probes are easily installed on machining centres and CNC turning centres, allowing automated operation with the following benefits:

  • Significant time savings with reduced machine downtime
  • Accurate tool length and diameter measurement
  • Automatic tool offset calculation and correction
  • Elimination of manual setting errors
  • In-cycle tool breakage detection
  • Reduced scrap
Automated tool setting
Broken tool detection

Tool setting and broken tool detection systems

Contact tool setter and broken tool detection Machine type Transmission type Minimum tool detection Repeatability (2σ)
OTS Small – medium Optical Ø1.0 mm 1.0 µm
RTS Medium – large Radio Ø1.0 mm 1.0 µm
TS27R Small – large Hard-wired Ø1.0 mm 1.0 µm
TS34 Small – large Hard-wired Ø1.0 mm 1.0 µm
Primo™ Radio 3D Tool Setter Small – medium Radio Ø1.0 mm 1.0 µm
Primo™ LTS Small – large  Hard-wired  Ø0.1 mm  0.75 µm

 

Non-contact tool setter and broken tool detection Machine type Transmission type Minimum tool detection Repeatability (2σ)
NC4 Small – large Hard-wired Ø0.03 mm 0.10 µm
NCPCB PCB machine Hard-wired Ø0.10 mm 0.50 µm
Broken tool detection
with
ToolWise™
TRS2 Small – large  Hard-wired  Ø0.2 mm

 

Tool setting Arms Machine type Transmission type Repeatability (2σ) Probe
HPRA (removable)

HPPA (manual)

HPMA (automatic)

Lathe and multi-tasking machines Hard-wired 5.00 μm
(6 in to 15 in arms)8.00 μm
(18 in to 24 in arms)
RP3
1.0 µm 2σ repeatability
HPGA (automatic) Lathe, multi-tasking machines and grinders Hard-wired 3.00 μm LP2 or MP250

 

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 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

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.