Integrating Probing into Your Machine Tool
While productivity is one of the most important factors for measuring competitiveness, efforts to improve productivity cannot come at the detriment of quality. This is why many top shops have integrated probing technologies into their machining processes. The use both contact and non-contact probing routines within the production process ensures that both the part setup and the machine tool are accurately positioned to repeatably produce precise, high-quality parts, without incurring lengthy downtime.
Integrating probing as a part of the CNC process affords manufacturers a wide variety of performance enhancing capabilities. Oftentimes, manufacturers employ probing to identify parts when running multiple part numbers simultaneously, as well as measure component sizes for stock condition, roughing depths and offsets. Other advanced uses include the ability to measure a part face, transfer data to offsets and rotate the part to ensure that the face is square with the spindle. Manufacturers can also use probing to establish a work coordinate system by measuring datum features. With time and experience, companies can transition from probing every part that runs through a machine, to only specific intervals within the production queue. Ultimately, a matter of seconds in probing can save hours of headache due to inconsistent setups or performance.
For additional information on integrating probing into your machine tool, as well as details on probing technologies and methods used by today’s top shops, check out the complimentary webinar below.