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Measure Carbide Tools and Metal Blanks

By Marposs Press Release

Marposs, a provider of measurement, inspection and test technologies, announced on July 14, 2020 the availability of MECLAB.T40 by Aeroel It is a high-precision laser instrument for quick and simple diameter measurement of hard metal blanks and full carbide cutting tools, odd or even edges.

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Marposs MECLAB.T40 by Aeroel offers laser measurement of hard metal blanks and full carbide cutting tools.

This system checks tolerances by comparing the actual dimensions to the programmed limits and is suited for off-line checking of drill bits, end mills, reamers and cutting tools as well as for checking the diameter, ovality and straightness of hard metal blanks and ground pins or cylinders. The MECLAB.T40 does not require a PC, making it ideal for use on the shop floor.

MECLAB.T40 features the Xactum XLS40/1500/B laser micrometer, a measuring instrument with a measuring field up to 40 mm, linearity of ± 0.5 μm, repeatability of ± 0.05 μm and permanent self-calibration. Additionally, it comes with Aeorel’s exclusive NO-VAR technology which eliminates the potential of measuring drift due to changing room temperature by programming the coefficient of thermal expansion of the part.

The system is offered in either a manual or automated versions.  It is a non-contact, flexible measuring device that enables the measuring of different components without gage re-mastering.

How it works

The part is inserted onto a double V-fixture mounted on a manually driven slide equipped with a magnetic digital readout scale. This displays the displacement of the part itself with the position continuously displayed on the screen. Using a guided procedure, the operator seeks the starting point, moves the part to the measurement position and starts the cycle. During this, the part is manually or automatically rotated to a measurement period set by the computer. During rotation, the laser sensor scans the part at 1500 samples/second and stores all the measurements related to the positions of the upper and lower edge of the part. Data processing software performs measurement of the cutting diameter and run-out of the part, for both odd or even fluted parts. The measured results are updated and displayed in real time, giving the operator the information when to stop the check. When measuring round parts, i.e. hard metal blanks, it checks the diameter, the ovality and the end run-out of the part.

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