Historically there has been a marked reluctance by the users of machine
tools to use probing, typical objections included; “Increased cycle
times” and “machine tools are for cutting not measuring”. Both
Sentiments have been largely based on misconceptions as to the real
applications and benefits and also entrenched attitudes to improvements
and methods of machine tool operation.
Today, the acceptance of
quality control in the production environment and drive towards
maximising machine productivity, have finally seen probing accepted as a
standard practice in the field of production engineering.
use of probes in the set-up of CNC machine tools brings significant
productivity improvement by reducing the downtime associated with manual
set-up of tools, fixtures and work pieces, including the vast accurate
inspection of first off components.