Metal machining

Metal machining

Metal machining

The complete offering for optimum solutions

Balluff offers customized sensors and joining technology for the entire spectrum of metal machining operations. For example: for turning and milling or for stamping and pressing operations, for the tool identification or for handling, transport and process monitoring. We supply optimum solutions for the diverse requirements of the machine tool manufacturers. This is because our portfolio has developed – and proven itself in practice – over many years of partnership with the drivers of innovation in metal machining. Get informed about our large offering of exemplary applications.

Monitoring workpiece and tool clamping

Monitoring workpiece and tool clamping

Only if a workpiece is securely chucked can it be machined correctly and with consistent quality. In addition to sensors with a switching output, BIP inductive positioning systems are increasingly taking over this task. Likewise, the linear position measurement offers the reliable monitoring of tool clamping – even during rotation of the clamping mechanics. In this, the position of a metallic cam is detected as it laterally passes by the sensor. Our wide range of measuring systems – from just a few millimeters long up to 130 mm – ensures that you have the greatest precision with varying dimensions.

Tool identification in the magazine

Industrial RFID systems BIS C operating at LF (Low frequency) or BIS M at HF (High Frequency) ensure that the CNC controller in milling machines and machining centers always have the correct tool data available (number, diameter, length, number of cuts, ...). Reliably identified and transmitted, these parameters also form the basis for high-quality tool asset management including service life monitoring.

Tool identification in the magazine

Control of hydraulic presses

Control of hydraulic presses

Hydraulic presses (long strokes, low stroke counts) achieve their rated force over the entire stroke travel. The position monitoring is handled by BTL magnetorestrictive linear position sensors, the position encoder being installed on the movable part of the press, the rod with travel measurement element on the stationary part of the press . Insensitive to mechanical shock, the high measurement precision and update rate enables optimal machine utilization.

End position detection on the portal ladders

BES inductive sensors are used to detect end positions on overhead loading systems. All that is needed is to attach a metal target at the desired position. This is detected by the sensors without contact to provide the controller with the correct switching signal.

End position detection on the portal ladders

Detect process fluids and levels continuously or switching

Detect process fluids and levels continuously or switching

Depending on the version, ultrasonic BUS level sensors can be used for 2-point switching or for continuous level control. Users profit from maximum flexibility in choosing their monitoring method.