Turning in metal machining
Turning in metal machining

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.

Application examples

  • Bar loader monitoring

    Feed monitoring using inductive sensors

    The solution

    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.

    The features

    • Optimum machine utilization with reliable monitoring
    • Automate & run multiple machines with one operator
    Metal machining, monitoring rod loaders
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  • Tailstock positioning

    Machine position using linear position sensors

    The solution

    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.

    The features

    • Reliable and economical tailstock positioning
    • Installation of a second measurement system for fine positioning possible
    Metal machining, tailstock positioning
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  • Steady rest alignment

    Compact and precise steady rest positioning with rod-style BTL linear position sensor

    The solution

    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.

    The features

    • Compact and precise steady rest positioning
    Metal machining, aligning steady rest
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  • Checking workpiece clamping

    Wide range of measuring systems for maximum precision in tool clamping

    The solution

    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.

    The features

    • Precise discrete checking of the tool clamping
    • Precise measurement verification of the tool clamping & part sizing
    Metal machining, aligning steady rest
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  • Detecting the turret position

    Inductive sensors monitor the correct position of the tool turret

    The solution

    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.

    The features

    • Repeatable & precise positioning of the tool turret
    • Inductive sensors can detect revolver clamping or locking
    Metal machining, detecting revolver position
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  • Monitoring drive belts

    Presence and function checking for drive belt via capacitive or inductive sensors

    The solution

    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.

    The features

    • Reliable checking of the drive belts
    • Different sensors depending on the design of the drive belt
    • Stoppage of the drive in the event of an error
    Metal machining, checking drive belts
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