Canadian Plastics

Lasers prevent surprises during unattended machining

Blum laser measurement systems for tool setting, measurement and breakage detection operate in the machine to identify clamping errors, runout, flight circle deviation, and even thermal drift. Compens...

December 1, 1999   Canadian Plastics



Blum laser measurement systems for tool setting, measurement and breakage detection operate in the machine to identify clamping errors, runout, flight circle deviation, and even thermal drift. Compensation can then be automatically programmed into the CNC.

For unattended machining, the laser probes the tool to check that the cutter is within spec, worn or broken, and can send an alarm signal before damage is done to the workpiece.

Alexander Blum, manager, sales and operation, estimates an in-machine laser would cost $15,000 for a retrofit. Payback often occurs within weeks, he says, as soon as the laser prevents a costly error.

Hascotech Inc. 905/681-3496

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