BK Mikro – Scanner Types and Specifications – Part 1

Techna-Tool’s BK Mikro is an easy-to-use and versatile system designed for detecting broken tools, inspecting objects and free space, measuring hidden geometries, and testing contours for defects. The tool is a great help in automating production processes of machine building, metal working, automotive production, medical device production, among others.

Components of BK Mikro

The system comprises a control unit, a scanner, and a connection cable. At Techna-Tool, we offer several models of control units and scanners to meet varying application requirements. The right selection must be made after carefully analyzing your application requirements.

Types of Scanners Offered for BK Mikro at Techna-Tool

This blog helps you understand the types, typical applications, and technical specifications of BK Mikro scanners available at Techna-Tool.

Glancing through the below points will help you to choose the right scanner for your industry specific applications.

  • TK7A /TK7RLTk7A Ideal for confined spaces, these variants support production facilities to check one or two objects/tools or free space/part ejection, maintaining a high accuracy level. The model TK7A differs from the model TK7RL in one aspect. TK7A is designed to scan for the tool breakage, and missing objects in either clockwise or counter clockwise directions. However, the model TK7RL is an advanced version, permitting the tool scan in both clockwise and counter clockwise directions.

    Technical Specifications

    Housing Anodized aluminum
    Protection type IP 67
    Scanning wand length 250 mm (standard), : 1.2 mm, scanning wand exchangeable
    Scanning angle

    • TK7A
    • TK7RL
    • Max. 270° (-A)
    • Max. 360° (-RL)
    Control unit connection Small circular connector, M12x1, 8 pin
    Ambient temperature 0 ºC to +80 ºC
    Storage temperature –25 ºC to +85 ºC
    Scanning cycles > 5 million at minimum scanning intensity
  • TK91Atk91a-sideThis scanner is ideal when highly accurate tool checking is necessary. The scanner features a scanning wand up to 610 mm length, and a scanning plate on the wand. It is designed for use in extremely harsh machining environments consisting of harmful lubricating oils, toxic solvents, and harsh chemicals.
    Technical Specifications

    Housing Anodized aluminum
    Protection type IP 67
    Scanning wand length Up to 610 mm max.with plate 120 mm x 15 mm
    Scanning wand angle 300° max. (-A)
    Control unit connection Small circular connector, M12x1, 8 pin
    Ambient temperature 0 ºC to +80 ºC
    Storage temperature –25 ºC to +85 ºC
    Storage temperature >–25 ºC to +85 ºC
    Scanning cycles > 5 million at minimum scanning intensity
  • TK8Atk8a scannerDesigned to be mounted in the tool changer area of machining centers, TK8A model is available with wands up to 380 mm in length. This scanner makes a positive contact with the tip of the tool that is being monitored. This allows the scanner to provide highly accurate results.

    Technical Specifications

    Housing Anodized aluminum
    Protection type IP 67
    Scanning wand length 380 mm with plate 80 mm x 15 mm,
    284 mm with plate 65 mm x 15 mm,
    wand exchangeable
    Scanning wand angle 300° max. (with backstop)
    Control unit connection Small circular connector, M12x1, 8 pin
    Ambient temperature 0 ºC to +80 ºC
    Storage temperature –25 ºC to +85 ºC
    Storage temperature >–25 ºC to +85 ºC
    Scanning cycles > > 5 million at minimum scanning intensity

The details on the other three types of scanners will be elaborated in the follow-up blog.