Touch probes for machine tools

Touch probes from HEIDENHAIN are designed for use on machine tools— particularly milling machines and machining centers. Touch probes help reduce setup times, increase machine usage time, and improve the dimensional accuracy of the finished workpieces. Setup, measuring, and monitoring functions can be performed manually or—in conjunction with most CNC controls—can be controlled by a program.

Touch probes from HEIDENHAIN have a whole series of technologically convincing features, such as the contact-free optical sensors, the integrated blower/flusher jets for cleaning the measuring point, or the large deflection path with a rated break point in the stylus.

Effective collision protection

A mechanical adapter on the TS 460 between the touch probe and the taper shank provides additional collision protection by also protecting the touch probe’s housing. In the event of a light collision against a fixture or workpiece, the touch probe can absorb the shock. At the same time, an integrated switch deactivates the ready signal and the control stops the machine. This way an incorrect tilting movement does not lead to serious damage. The collision protection of the TS 460 compensates smaller collisions, and prevents greater damage to the spindle or other parts of the machine.

Signal transmission via radio or infrared signals

The combined signal transmission in the TS 460 and TT 460 touch probes brings together the advantages of infrared and wireless transmission into one system. Infrared transmission is ideal for compact machines with an enclosed work envelope, whereas wireless transmission is mainly used on large machine tools.