Demystifying the Working of the BK Mikro

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.
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Simple and Solution Driven CNC Tool Breakage Detection System for Monitoring Applications

bk-mikro-systemTechna 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.

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Holiday Greetings from Techna-Tool Inc.

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.

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BK Linear Sensor – Its Components Described

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.

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BK Mikro – Scanner Types and Specifications – Part 2

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:TK94RL variant 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.

    Technical Specifications

    Housing Stainless Steel
    Protection type IP 67
    Scanning wand length 165 mm (standard), : 1.2 mm, scanning wand exchangeable
    Scanning wand angle

    • TK94A
    • TK94RL
    • Max. 270° (-A)
    • Max. 360° (-RL)
    Control unit connection Fixed cable (200 mm) with 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
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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.

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Benefits of Using the MiJET Parts Cleaner for Your Shop

 MiJET-Parts-Cleaner The MiJET Parts Cleaner has revolutionized the way parts are cleaned in shops and manufacturing units. There are numerous benefits of using the MiJET. It not only helps you clean machine parts effortlessly but also keeps the shop floor cleaner at the same time. Along with that, it makes your shop greener by recycling materials as well as saves you time and money on production runs.

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What Guests can Expect from Techna-Tool Inc. and other Organizations at WIMTS

The Wisconsin Manufacturing and Technology Show (WIMTS) is one of the largest trade shows held in America. This year’s event, which will be taking place from October 6th to 8th, 2015, will be seeing the participation of over 190 companies from across the country.

The participants comprise organizations from various industries. These include companies that provide industrial molds and EDM, abrasives, laser systems, foam products, calibration products and services, and metal fabrication products, to name only a few.

WIMTS Booth

About Techna-Tool’s Participation

Techna-Tool Inc. is among the numerous companies which will be participating in the show. The organization specializes in providing tool and process monitoring systems for varied industrial applications. Techna-Tool’s success comes from anticipating the needs of industries. They design and manufacture specialized monitoring systems, which can meet specific application requirements.

Some of the solution driven equipment offered by Techna-Tool include:

  • Broken tool detection systems – scanners and controllers
  • Tool and production monitoring systems
  • Precision Hirth gears

These products and systems are provided in a variety of models to meet the needs of different industrial applications. At WIMTS, guests and industry colleagues will be able to get a first-hand look at Techna-Tool’s beneficial products and services.

If you are in or near Wisconsin, and would like to know more about Techna-Tool Inc., do take the time to attend the Wisconsin Manufacturing and Technology trade show from 6th to 8th October 2015 at booth #1054.


Techna-Tool Inc. will Participate in WIMTS

It is not every day that a well-known tool monitoring system provider gets to participate in one of the largest trade shows in America. This month, Techna-Tool Inc. is getting that opportunity.

Techna-Tool Inc. will be participating in the Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show (WIMTS). The trade show will be taking place from October 6th to 8th 2015. The event will be held at the Exposition Center Halls B&C at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Visit Techna Tool at booth number 1054.

More about WIMTS

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MiJET: The Ultimate Parts Cleaning Machine

If you’ve ever had to clean off parts in a shop, you know how messy it can be. When using traditional methods like an air sprayer or aerosol can, the parts may get clean but the mess is unavoidable. The debris, dust, and solvent that is blown off the parts gets scattered all over the shop and even in the air you are breathing. Fortunately, there’s a better way to do it and it’s known as the MiJET!

Advanced Parts Cleaning System

The MiJET is an advanced parts cleaning system that lets you quickly clean your parts off using your standard compressed air line. And, while you’re cleaning the parts, a high powered vacuum sucks away the debris, dust, and solvent into a recycling container. Simultaneously, the air being sucked through the unit is also filtered to keep the air in your shop free from solvents and aerosols. To turn off the air flow, you simply have to release the trigger on the air nozzle. This will stop the air flow to the vacuum fan that will then turn the suction fan off.

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