How BK Mikro Scanner TK7A/TK7RL Elevate Your Production Efficiency

Modern manufacturing facilities leverage a range of CNC machines and automated equipment to enhance production efficiency and increase profits. Despite their durable design, these machines may face interruptions due to broken tools. To address this, broken tool monitoring systems, such as BK Mikro, play a crucial role. With over 90,000 installations globally, BK Mikro scanners are recognized for ensuring top-tier reliability and safety in automated production environments, excelling even in the most challenging machining conditions.

BK Mikro offers tool monitoring scanners, including TK7A/RL, TK8A, TK91A, TK94A/RL, TK9LIN50, and TK96A/RL. Among these, the TK7 scanners are unique and offered in two variations. This post focuses on the TK7, their function, application, and more.

An Overview of BK Mikro TK7A/TK7RL

The BK Mikro TK7 scanner comes in two variations – TK7A and TK7RL. Both share typical features, differing only in their rotation capabilities. Continue reading

Why Choose BK Mikro TK9LIN50 for Your Manufacturing Facility?

As the demand for small, intricately designed parts grows, machine shops are increasingly adopting automated CNC technology. Managing large volumes poses operational challenges for many industries. To ensure continuous use, machine health monitoring is crucial, and tools like BK Mikro scanners address this need. With over 90,000 installations, BK Mikro guarantees reliability and safety in automated production.

The TK9LIN50, part of the BK Mikro linear system, stands out as a remarkable tool for identifying issues such as tool breakage, part presence, and part ID, thereby reducing downtime. Stay tuned for more insights into this impressive scanner.

An Overview of BK Mikro TK9LIN50

The BK Mikro TK9LIN50 is the only linear scanner in the BK Mikro lineup. It specializes in monitoring a specific depth or distance through longitudinal scanning, particularly valuable in scenarios where rotary scanning isn’t feasible. Moreover, it excels in verifying the correct placement of a part during assembly. Continue reading

Effectively Detecting Broken Tools Using BK Mikro Scanners TK91A

In recent years, automation has become a standard in machining cells, especially in CNC machining and fabrication. Integrated monitoring systems, powered by various tools and software, have taken center stage. Amid this, monitoring overall machine health and the condition of each tool is crucial. Early detection of any broken tool can significantly cut costs, prevent production downtime, and machine crashes. That is why the use of a broken tool detection system installed in the tool magazine is important. The BK Mikro TK91A, developed by BK Mikro, stands out as an effective way of detecting broken tools. Trusted and utilized in manufacturing units for many years, it has proven its effectiveness.

The BK Mikro TK91A, a popular model among BK Mikro scanners, has a longstanding presence in industries. Equipped with servo motors, these scanners guarantee precise measurements. This post delves into the features of the BK Mikro TK91A, exploring how it identifies tool defects, enhances operational life, and contributes to efficient process monitoring operations.

BK Mikro TK91A: Factors Pertaining to Operation and Utilization

BK Mikro TK91A scanner is mostly used for detecting broken tools in the tool changers of CNC machines. Here are some points regarding their working, operating parts, and utilization. Continue reading

Techna-Tool to Participate at WIMTS 2023

WMTS 2023

Manufacturers are constantly seeking ways to succeed in challenging industrial landscape. One of the best ways to achieve this is by staying on top of trends and embracing the right technologies at the right time. Attending industry-specific events becomes not just a choice but a strategic imperative to meet this goal. Are you looking forward to an event that appeals to manufacturers, allows you to explore cutting-edge technology, and find creative solutions for your manufacturing challenges? If that answer is yes, your wait is over because the Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show (WIMTS) 2023 is only a few days away. This event will be held on October 3, 4, and 5, 2023, at the Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis. You can meet the experts from Techna-Tool at booth number 845. To give you a detailed idea, this post will help you understand how this event promises to be a game-changer for the manufacturing industry and what you can expect at the Techna-Tool booth.

7 Reasons Why You Should Attend WIMTS 2023

The event is going to be an incredible showcase of the latest advancements in the manufacturing industry. Let’s check some of the perks of attending this event.

  1. WIMTS is the premier Midwest manufacturing trade event, showcasing a wide range of technology-driven equipment in robotics, machining centers, welding, tooling, and fabrication equipment.
  2. This event appeals to everyone in the manufacturing sector. Whether it be a local machining shop serving local customers or a seasoned manufacturing company serving international markets, both may be equally interested in learning how to succeed in their business with minimal effort.
  3. The event is set up at the Wisconsin State Fair Park’s 100,000+ square foot Exposition Center and more than 3,500 people and 200+ exhibitors are set to attend WIMTS this year.
  4. This is a golden opportunity to get close and personal with technology suppliers serving aerospace, automotive, mining, medical device manufacturing, and agriculture markets.
  5. Connecting with like-minded professionals and industry leaders can turn into long-term business partnerships at WIMTS, which can help you in expanding your professional network.
  6. WIMTS will be an ideal place to see live demonstrations and interactive displays with the latest innovations in CNC machine tools and learn about the latest innovative machinery and technology that will give you a deeper understanding of their benefits in your manufacturing process.
  7. This event will help you evaluate while making informed decisions and discuss applications with a variety of vendors and industry experts all in one location.

Why Stop by the Techna-Tool Booth at Booth 845 at WIMTS 2023?

Techna-Tool has exhibited at WIMTS for several years. The following reasons will make you stop at 845 at WIMTS 2023.

  • This year, the attendees can see the popular tools and production monitoring systems from Techna-Tool, such as BK Mikro and Techna-Check.
  • These systems are successfully used across manufacturing facilities to monitor tools and processes.
  • You can discuss your production bottlenecks with the experts from Techna-Tool and they will help you find the right solution.

Do you want to make an appointment with one of our experts before other attendees flock to the Techna-Tool booth? If so, click here to fill out the form to schedule a meeting with Techna-Tool experts.

WIMTS 2023 Schedule At-A-Glance

Here’s a quick glance at the WIMTS 2023 schedule.

Event Details:

Wisconsin State Fair Park – West Allis, WI

Date: October 3-5, 2023,

Time: 9 am – 4 pm. 

Unlocking New Possibilities: Exploring the Versatility of TK8A Scanners by BK Mikro

Manufacturing facilities today use many CNC machines for efficient production. While these machines generally offer consistent performance and repeatability, they can still exhibit unexpected behavior due to tool damage or unforeseen factors. BK Mikro, which is sold by Techna-Tool, is a monitoring system that addresses these issues. It is typically used for broken tool detection but can also be used for process monitoring tasks, including position recognition, object inspection, and identifying part defects. These systems have been widely utilized in manufacturing workshops for years.

Over the years, various models of BK Mikro scanners have been developed, with the TK8A being one of the most popular options. Notably, these scanners utilize a servo motor and encoder, ensuring precise measurements. However, that’s not all; this post delves deeper into the features of TK8A and how they can enhance your tool and process monitoring operations.

BK Mikro TK8A: Exploring Key Factors: Operation and Utilization

TK8A scanners primary purpose is detecting broken tools inside the CNC tool changer. To gain better insights into its operation and utilization, consider the following key points: Continue reading

Improving the Manufacturing Process via Product Monitoring Systems

Manufacturing multiple products at a time is a challenging task for any industry. The product manufacturing process is a complex task that starts with designing and ends with finishing and packaging. To meet the ever-increasing production demands, machines function almost round the clock. Hence, machine health is an important aspect of any manufacturing unit. Manufacturers implement a system that monitors their machine production levels, overall functioning, and parts or areas where repairs are needed. This saves a lot of production time and cost and facilitates on-time fixes. It also helps keep a check on daily production goals and more in real-time. Let’s dive into this post to learn in brief about product monitoring systems and how they have improved the manufacturing process.

How do Product Monitoring Systems Improve the Manufacturing Process?

To meet market demands, manufacturers need to maintain steady production and avoid unwanted downtimes. To do so, it is crucial to keep a check on each stage of the manufacturing process. But, doing this task manually may not provide accurate results. Therefore, using a product monitoring system is the best idea to maintain both the quality and consistency of your industrial production and also to understand your machine’s health. Following are the tasks such systems perform to improve the manufacturing process: Continue reading

Variants of BK Mikro Scanners

BK Mikro Scanners

Machine and tool detection systems are now an important part of machine health and production monitoring systems. They help manufacturers optimize production volumes and eliminate unwanted downtimes by recording data in real-time and analyzing it. This is done using certain probes that are integrated with the software. These tools detect not only broken tools but also check defective parts, perform an inspection of objects as well position recognition. BK Mikro scanner is a type of tool and process monitoring system that helps in detecting tool breakage through the process of scanning. It is also used for other industrial applications, including position recognition, checking part defects, object inspection, and so on. Techna Tool offers different variants of BK Mikro scanners for multiple industrial applications. Are you intrigued to know more about these scanners? If yes, read the post below. This post offers you a brief overview of BK Mikro scanners and their variants.

An Overview of BK Mikro Scanners

BK Mikro scanners are flexible devices for tool and process monitoring. It is also used for object and free space monitoring applications. These scanning tools are chips and coolant resistant and easy to maintain. These scanner systems comprise an encoder and a servo motor that allows you to check the tool position through a probe. The tool position is memorized by the scanner and is later used to verify whether the tool is in the same condition. If the probe notices any difference in the tool position, the scanner generates a signal which tells the operator that the tool is broken. The operators can immediately analyze and fix the breakage, thus eliminating further loss and production downtime. Continue reading

Key Factors to Consider Before Investing in Tool Monitoring Systems

As manufacturers are competing for large market shares, they are keen to invest in technologies that help them improve their efficiencies, performance, and turnaround times while reducing their operation costs. A tool monitoring system is one such system that many manufacturers find useful. These systems help them track the usage of tools and equipment and provide valuable data that can be used to augment the manufacturing process and make adjustments to the tooling strategy. By having a system in place to monitor tools, manufacturing centers can avoid costly downtime and disruptions. There are several tool monitoring systems available in the market today. With the advent of new technologies, the features and functionalities of these systems have become quite advanced. However, not all of them are created equal and it is important to choose the right system for your needs.

Questions to be Asked When Choosing Tool Monitors

As the manufacturing landscape becomes more digitized, the benefits of investing in a tool monitoring system for your facility becomes more and more apparent. However, with so many different tool monitoring systems on the market, it can be hard to know which one is right for your facility. To help you make the best decision for your business, here listed a few questions you should ask before purchasing the system. Continue reading

Techna-Tool to Participate at PMTS 2023

Techna Tool - PMTS Event 2023

The precision machining industry is one of the fastest growing in the world. According to a report by Grand View Research, the global precision engineering machines market was valued at $11.8 billion in 2020. It is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.6% from 2021 to 2028. The demand for advanced machining solutions with an emphasis on improved production efficiencies, reduced downtimes, improved accuracies, and optimized machining has contributed to this growth. What if you can see these machines in action? If yes, you must head to the Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS) 2023. This event will be held at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio, from April 18 to 20, 2023. You can look for Techna-Tool at booth # 6001.

7 Quick Facts About PMTS 2023 You Need to Know

PMTS 2023 is a biennial event, which was inaugurated in 2001 and is one of the only shows dedicated to the precision machining industry. The following features of this event may impress you.

Continue reading

Different BK Mikro Controllers Explained

BK Micro Controllers Techna Tool

Process automation has benefited many industries and has gained traction over the last few years. Many manufacturing units use automation in assembly lines, bots for mundane tasks, and have an integrated software in place that manages and controls all the programs. This improves process control, keeps processes in-house, reduces possible human errors, accelerates deliveries, and so on. With countless undeniable benefits, advanced and automated machines are a valuable asset for any facility. With increasing demands, machines operate on a continual basis because of which machine health monitoring has gained prominence. While they undergo regular monitoring and maintenance, there needs to be a tool monitoring system in place that can monitor machine movements, productivity, and many other aspects on a continual basis. Many tool and process monitoring systems are in use today, and BK MIKRO is the most popular among them. This blog mainly focuses on BK Mikro controllers in detail. Continue reading