Importance of CNC Tool Sensors in Modern Day CNC Machines

CNC was first used for very basic and primary work like tool management and positioning. These were simple tasks and dependency on these machines was minimal. In recent times, CNC machining centers have become very advanced. They are now expected to handle complex processes at faster speeds.

As such, dependability on these machines has increased to a great extent. If these machines malfunction, the entire machining process could be affected or worse, the expensive CNC machines could be damaged.

Maintaining the integrity of the tools used in machining centers is of utmost importance. Broken tools could lead to system failure. Thus, it is important for these machines to be reliable. For this, it is essential to check that all the tools being used are in perfect condition. A CNC broken tool sensor can be useful when used in the tool changer units of machining centers.

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The Critical CNC Machining Weakness

CNC technology has revolutionized the machining industry with powerful benefits including improved automation, consistency, accuracy, and flexibility. So what is the weakness of CNC machining? Its weakness is really our weakness: under-monitoring performance. We don’t monitor our machining enough and we tend to monitor our work pieces rather than the tools actually performing the work. As a result our processes produce faulty components, cycle down time, and wasted material.

The limiting factor of our success is typically not our CNC machine, but our tooling performance. Under the demands of the necessary functions we demand from our tools, we experience unpredictable tooling wear and breakage. In moderate or high production environments, CNC machine sensors are the answer. With the relatively low cost of CNC machine monitoring systems, even modest decreases in down time and waste result in rapid paybacks and high returns on investment (ROI). Our preferred product for this application is the BK Mikro TK8A.

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