CNC Probing

Time is money. 

Time spent manually setting work piece positions and inspecting finished product is better invested in machining. Renishaw probing systems eliminate costly machine downtime and the scrapping of components associated with manual setting and inspection.

Benefits of component set-up

Probing eliminates the need for expensive fixtures and manual setting with dial indicators. Probes are spindle-mounted on machining centres and turret-mounted on turning centres, giving the following benefits:

  • Reduced machine downtimeCMC1
  • Elimination of manual setting errors
  • Increased productivity and batch size flexibility
  • Automatic fixture, job alignment and rotary axis set-up
  • Reduced scrap

Benefits of on-machine component inspection

Spindle and turret-mounted probes can also be used for in-cycle gauging and first-off inspection.  Manual gauging relies on operator skill or the removal of parts to a CMM, which is not always practical. Benefits of inspection probing include:

  • In-cycle part measurement with automatic offset correctionCMC2
  • Reduced machine downtime awaiting first-off inspection results
  • Adaptive machining, providing process feedback to minimize variation
  • First-off inspection with automatic offset update
  • Increased confidence in unmanned machining

Benefits of automated tool setting

Using slip gauges and entering offset data manually takes time and is prone to operator error. Tool setting probes are easily installed on machining centres and CNC turning centres, allowing automated operation with the following benefits:

  • Significant time savings with reduced machine downtimeCMC3
  • Automatic tool offset calculation and correction
  • Accurate tool length and diameter measurement
  • Elimination of manual setting errors
  • In-cycle tool breakage detection
  • Reduced scrap