Automatic Tool Changers (ATC) in machining centers are designed to help improve the machine’s tool carry capacity, and in turn, overall productivity. An ATC is designed to work with numerous tools, and can change large and heavy tools quickly to reduce any amount of unproductive time.
One of the most productive features in the successful use of the tool changer is a precise CNC broken tool sensor. This is installed within the ATC, and helps in broken tool detection. If you are looking for a fast, versatile, and long-lasting broken tool sensor, then Techna-Tool Inc.’s BK Mikro TK8A is the solution for you.
Tools in good working condition are a primary requirement for any manufacturing facility. Most manufacturing units follow a traditional method of tool change – based on prediction or experience. However, tool breakage or non-functioning tools are completely unpredictable. This is why manufacturing facilities are seriously considering tool monitoring technologies, which help them reduce tool wear and minimize their downtime and repair costs. This post concentrates on one such efficient tool monitoring system – Techna- Check – and its key benefits.
Trade shows and expos are important events for industrial product manufacturers and distributors. It is an opportunity to showcase different products, and get a firsthand look at the newest technologies offered by various companies. This is exactly the case with Techna-Tool Inc. a leader in tool and process monitoring systems. The organization will be exhibiting in Booth N6492 at the prestigious International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), 2016. The event will be taking place from September 12th to 17th, 2016 at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.
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Techna-Tool Inc. provides a variety of Hirth gears for applications requiring positioning, and component adjustment solutions. They are ideal for gas turbines, aircraft engines, and machining equipment. In this post, we discuss how Techna-Tool Inc. designs and manufactures these gears to meet the requirements of diverse applications.
BK Mikro is an exceptional broken tool detection system engineered by Techna-Tool. Although the primary function is to look for any damaged tools in a CNC machine, it can also be used to look for any defects in a part, to inspect objects, and for position recognition.
How Does the BK Mikro Work?
(Applies to all BK Mikro models)
Techna-Tool’s BK Mikro systems consist of a scanner (also called a sensing head or probe) and a controller. This scanner is used to check the position of the tool being used in the machinery by means of a rotating wand that touches the tool. A servomotor and encoder help in this process. The BK Mikro ‘learns’ the position of each tool/object and stores them in the controller’s memory.
Techna Tool, Inc.’s BK Mikro System is a simple yet effective CNC tool breakage detection system. It can be used to monitor stationary as well as rotating tools, and help alert the operator of any tool breakage. It can also be used for inspecting components, detecting deviation in tool positions, and measuring geometries of bores and cavities. It is known for its benefits of immense reliability, protection from chips and coolants, and easy maintenance.
Techna-Tool Inc. is the leading provider of contact and non-contact tool monitoring systems. With over 90,000 products installed worldwide, we have earned and maintained this position. The success of our company is due to the efforts of our design and manufacturing teams, as well as our customers.
In the spirit of the Christmas Season, we would like to give thanks to our customers.
We thank you for your continual business, and supporting us with your long term partnerships. We hope we can continue meeting your tool monitoring requirements in the future. The quality and durability of our products all come from the system designs. We hope that our standard and custom products have met your needs and expectations.
Techna-Tool BK linear sensor is a broken tool monitoring system exclusively designed for longitudinal scanning applications. This linear sensor is available in a 50mm stoke:
- TK9LIN50: Scanner with maximum stroke of 50 mm.
The TK9LIN50 ensures precise monitoring of broken tools, objects, and free space (e.g. bore holes).
A Brief Note on BK Linear Sensor Components
A clear understanding about the primary components of the BK linear sensor is a must to learn its mode of operation. The linear system is comprised of a control unit, a sensor (scanner), and a connection cable. Let us understand these components in detail.
In the last blog post, we had a general discussion about the BK Mikro tool detection system. The blog also discussed the first three types of scanners that are specially designed for the BK Mikro system. As a continuation, this blog discusses the remaining three types of BK Mikro scanners available at Techna-Tool.
- TK94A/TK94RL: Available in two variants, TK94 scanners are ideal for applications in hostile environments consisting of a large quantity of coolants. Both TK94A and TK94RL models are perfect for checking tools in lathes, transfer lines, and gun drilling machines, among others. Consider choosing TK94A variant when tool scanning is required in one direction, either clockwise or counter clockwise. However, the TK94RL variant would be the best choice when scanning in both directions (Clockwise and counter clockwise without stopping) which is helpful for cost savings by only needing one scanner for 2 tools.
|Scanning wand length
||165 mm (standard), : 1.2 mm, scanning wand exchangeable
|Scanning wand angle
- Max. 270° (-A)
- Max. 360° (-RL)
|Control unit connection
||Fixed cable (200 mm) with small circular connector, M12x1, 8 pin
||0 ºC to +80 ºC
||–25 ºC to +85 ºC
||> > 5 million at minimum scanning intensity