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TK96A/TK96RL

The TK96 series scanner is the most compact in the BK Mikro line and comes with a durable stainless steel bodywhich helps resist wear from chips and other flying debris. With a diameter of only 12mm it is ideal for tight spaces where other scanners may not fit such as in Swiss style machines or multi-spindle heads. Because of its small size it provides less area for chips and other debris to collect. Two scanner variations, “A” and “RL”, are available for either checking one or two tools.

The complete BK MIKRO TK96A/RL system includes:

  • Control unit
  • Scanner (motor) - TK96A or TK96RL
  • Connection cable - BKC5
  • Mounting Bracket – BK96MB
TK96A/TK96RL Series Scanner

BK Mikro 9 using the TK96A/RL typical uses:

  • Monitoring of a scanning position or tool whose precise location has been previously entered by "teach-in" or “learn”. This position is then checked after each cycle to verify the tool or position is still present within a +/- 1.2°-25° user defined window.
  • Monitoring both right and left directions to check 2 tool positions (TK96RL)
  • Monitoring a scanning range or position selectable via two adjustable switches (when combined with the BKM9I/O).
  • Monitoring an area for free space using the software or the two adjustable switches on the BKM9I/O to set a window.
  • A typical free space monitoring application would be to verify a part has been ejected from the sub-spindle of a lathe before the main spindle tries to load another part into it.

Principle of Operation TK96 :

Once a position is set either with a Teach/Learn or via the adjusting switches the system is ready for operation. Simply apply a 24vdc signal to the “Start” terminal to initiate the scanning cycle (this can be done via the CNC, PLC or with a relay). The wand will rotate to the selected position and verify that the tool or object is present. If everything is alright the unit will output an “OK” signal to allow the machine cycle to continue. If the tool is broken the wand will travel past the stored position and the controller will output a “KO” signal to let the machine know there is a problem and shut down automatically. The wand must also travel to a minimum position. This is important because if the wand is blocked with chips or an obstacle the unit will output a fault alerting the operator that there is a problem.
TK96A Operating Principle

Competitor systems only fault if the wand travels past the checking position completing an internal circuit (limit switch). This will allow a broken tool to go undetected because the wand is stuck and the unit thinks everything is ok allowing for scrap parts or machine crashes.

Principle of Operation TK96RL (checking 2 tools):

For initial setup of the unit, place the wand between the two tools that you wish to monitor. Supply a 24vdc signal to the “Teach” terminal and the wand will move left until it touches the first tool then move right until it touches the second tool. The wand then centers itself between the two tools and this becomes its home position. You can also set the wand to the outside of the tools and it will rotate around and touch the outside of the tools. This is useful if having the wand’s home position between the tools is not possible due to spindle or slide movement.

Once the positions are learned, to check the tools simply apply a 24vdc signal to the “Start” terminal to initiate the scanning cycle (this can be done via the CNC, PLC or with a relay). The wand will rotate to the selected position and verify that the tools are present. If everything is alright the unit will output an “OK” signal to allow the machine cycle to continue. If either of the tools is broken the wand will travel past the stored position and the controller will output a “KO” signal to let the machine know there is a problem and shut down automatically. Each position is checked within the degree tolerance programmed into the controller.

Scanner:

TK96A/TK96RL

Scanner Technical Data:

  • Housing: Stainless Steel
  • Protection Type: IP 67
  • Wand Length: 100 mm (standard)
  • Scanning Angle: TK96A max. 270°, TK96RL max. 360°
  • Control Unit Connection: Fixed 200mm cable to connect to other standard lengths
  • Temperature Range: 0°C to +65°C
  • Sensing Cycles: > 5 million with normal deceleration

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