Produce reliably and with precision – from single parts to high volume
You deal with them every day – fittings, valves, fastening elements as well as motor and transmission parts in automobile engines, industrial machines and household appliances. But how do you manufacture such high-volume metal components economically? By clamping them in a lathe. This is especially true of parts produced in a clamping process where they are automatically fed and removed. Sensors play a decisive role in monitoring these processes with short cycle and a high level of automation.
With inductive BES sensors from Balluff, you can monitor the feeding of the rod material at multiple points. This ensures a smooth production process with optimum machine utilization and supports you in running multiple machines with one operator.
With our BTL magnetostrictive linear position sensors, you can position the tailstock of your lathe very reliably and efficiently. For example, when turning a hydraulic valve stem or a simple engine shaft. For the fine positioning, a second measurement system can easily be installed.
Steady rests support the machining process for longer or heavier turned parts. A rod-style BTL magnetostrictive linear position sensor monitors the piston position of the steady rest. For both compact and precise steady rest positioning the actuator and sensor are merged.
To machine a workpiece correctly and with consistent quality, it must be securely seated in the lathe chuck. Sensors with switching output and increasingly also BIP inductive positioning sensors with a continuous output signal, reliably and precisely check the tool clamping.
Balluff offers a wide range of measurement technologies for a variety of dimensions from just a few millimeters to 130 mm in length.
BES inductive sensors detect whether the tool turret has reached the correct indexing position after a rotary movement. These sensors can be used to detect both the revolver clamping or the locking.
In order to transmit rotary movements, machine tools often use drive belts. Their presence and function must be continuously checked.
Depending on the design, BCS capacitive sensors or BES inductive sensors from Balluff are suitable for this task. In the event of an error or belt failure, they can trigger a stop of the drive.