Non-Contact Laser Toolsetters

Renishaw has added to the NC4 range of non-contact laser toolsetters with a series of compact fixed systems. The F95, F115 and F230 NC4 models provide tool ID and broken tool detection in a small, fast-setup package. Measuring gaps of 23 mm, 55 mm and 170 mm respectively enable best fit to machine requirements and space availability.

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Renishaw has added to the NC4 range of non-contact laser toolsetters with a series of compact fixed systems. The F95, F115 and F230 NC4 models provide tool ID and broken tool detection in a small, fast-setup package. Measuring gaps of 23 mm, 55 mm and 170 mm respectively enable best fit to machine requirements and space availability. Tools as small as 0.03-mm diameter can be measured and detected at any selected point along the beam.

As with all NC4 systems, precision optics are supplied standard, enabling the compact series to function in a unit particularly suited for small machines and machines where space is at a premium. In common with other models in the NC4 range, there is no focal point to identify, making installation fast and easy.

Available in fixed mount or configurable component-style models, the NC4 incorporates the MicroHole protection system featured in all of the company's non-contact toolsetter systems. Environmental protection is maintained all of the time, even during measuring routines. With no complicated moving parts, risk of machine downtime is minimized. In addition, a PassiveSeal maintains IPX8 environmental protection rating, even if the air supply fails.

Custom-made air blast solutions are also available on request to ensure tools are clean before probing commences.

The configurable system features separate transmitter and receiver units. Measuring 30-mm diameter x 35-mm high, the units allow up to 5-m separation distance and detection range. Between fixed and configurable models, the company offers NC4 systems to fit a variety of machining centers.