Machine tool Touch probe systems and applications
There are several different types of probe systems. Below is some general information about probing systems. Tool, touch, and fixture probe systems are finally being utilized in the machine tool industry more then ever. Machine tool probe systems are a great way to reduce costs, downtime and operator error. As companies become more and more familiar with the many applications, this industry will continue to grow.
Touch probes can be used in horizontal and vertical machining centers; lathes and even grinders. Here are several examples of some typical installations of probing systems.
Typical CNC Touch Probe machinery applications
Renishaw Touch Probe setup, installation and Macro programming
If you are unfamiliar with touch probing sensors and applications, I would highly consider paying someone to come in to set up and train you on your system. Usually a macro program is written for the probing routine, which includes writing to many variables and interpreting the data to perform various functions. You can get very involved in this process and it is often difficult to understand. After the initial setup is complete there is very little effort involved, except calibrating the probe. If you are looking for a touch probe system, Renishaw, is probably the most common builder used within the US. Check out their website for more detailed information on Touch probe systems and sensors.