Marposs Optical Tool Setter Saves Machining Space

Originally titled 'Optical Tool Setter Saves Machining Space'

Marposs’ TS line of contact tool setters has expanded with the addition of the VOTS 90-degree optical probe for use on vertical machining centers.

Marposs’ TS line of contact tool setters has expanded with the addition of the VOTS 90-degree optical probe for use on vertical machining centers. Because of its horizontal design, the probe can be installed on the machine table outside the working area, saving machining space without compromising on tool inspection. The low measurement force along with Z-axis is said to make the probes especially useful for presetting and verification of small tools. 

The multi-channel unit is used to carry out breakage, wear and integrity checks and length and diameter measurements on cutting tools, offering repeatability of 1 micron. It can be used for twin applications in which part and tool checks are managed by a single VOI optical receiver.

The probes feature a modulated transmission technology to ensure high immunity to interference, according to the company. Relying upon optical transmission, these probes are said to eliminate the need for cables to simplify setup and installation. The line of tool setters is also available in hard-wired and radio transmission versions. All versions are equipped with an LED probe body that indicates the operating state.

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