We developed ToolControl; it is a patented Tool Monitoring System, which we market. The device is located outside the work zone and can be integrated in every CNC control system and in a minimum of space. The tool sensor works inside the chipping – a flexible shaft is used to connect the probe head to the NC unit. The function “TeachIn” helps ToolControl to know the position of the objects which need to be monitored. The following probing cycles compare the actual position to the learned position – if there are any variations recognized an error message will appear. You are able to program the keying speed and the machine cycle.
ToolControl can be used everywhere, where e.g. visual monitoring systems lose their function because of cuttings or refrigerants. It is also suitable for retrofitting.