High value manufacturers will be given a machining boost at Southern Manufacturing after Blum-Novotest announced the launch of LC-Vision.
The company, which is one of the global leaders in production metrology, has invested over £150,000 into bringing groundbreaking new software to market that will help firms get the most out of the LC50 DIGILOG laser measurement system.
Experts from the East Staffordshire-based business will be demonstrating the window-based solution on Stand E230 and how it can be used to visualise measurement results covering 3D ToolControl, SpindleControl and GrindControl.
This means users from automotive, aerospace, medical and renewables will know sooner about wears and defects on the tool cutting edges, visualisation of spindle wear to improve preventative maintenance and detailed representation of issues with the grinding wheel.
David Mold, Managing Director at Blum-Novotest, commented: “The last MACH saw the launch of the LC50, the next generation of the laser and the latest addition to the hugely successful DIGILOG family.
“It seemed almost fitting that we should use another major industrial event like Southern to take this technology a step further with the launch of LC Vision and we can’t wait to see the reaction from existing and new customers.”
He continued: “The advantage for the machining firm is that they will be able to identify wear and defects in the cutting tools and grinding wheels quicker and can then compensate for them whilst still in the machine.
“By utilising a ‘Best Fit’ feature, tools can be modified so parts are machined much more accurately than before so every component coming off should be good. Scrapping or re-working should be a thing of the past with this software.”
The plan will be to include the LC-Vision software on machines fitted with Blum-Novotest’s DIGILOG LC50 laser measurement system free of charge.
Every application will be shown on the software, but only those purchased will be active, with customers able to purchase additional features as part of a licensing agreement. The company’s expert engineers will be available to deliver full training so the client can get the most out of the software.
Future development of the software will eventually cover the rest of the DIGILOG range, including probe, roughness gauge probe and the bore gauge system.
David went on to add: “LC50 evaluates the analogue signal rather than the digital one, meaning we can take thousands of measuring values of all cutting tool edges per second, resulting in highly dynamic measurement of tool parameters. In essence, this technology is 60% quicker than conventional in-machine measuring”.
He went on to add: “Interest has been huge and we have retrofitted the technology on to a lot of machines. LC-Vision is a natural evolution of the solution and will give the customer even greater control. We can’t wait to show it off at Southern Manufacturing.”
In addition to LC-Vision, Blum-Novotest will also be showcasing its other leading software solutions, such as FormControl, TMAC and MeasureXPERT. Visitors to the booth will also receive free training and tips on how to get the most out of the solutions for their business.
Blum-Novotest, which has 95% of the global machine tool market for laser measurement technology, employs 534 people and boasts sales of over £77m across its 16 subsidiaries.
Its UK operation was founded in 2000 by David and originally started life in a small office in Lichfield. As the firm’s reputation grew in aerospace and automotive, sales started to increase rapidly and a move to bespoke offices and a state-of-the-art demonstration room in Burton-upon-Trent followed in 2015.
Today, the company delivers its solutions to some of the world’s largest aerospace primes, car manufacturers and a host of CNC machine tool suppliers, including the Engineering Technology Group, Whitehouse Machine Tools, Mills CNC and Yeovil Machine Tools.