3-D machine tool touch probe
The probe is designed for use in modern machine tools with a fast tool changer.
The TS 740 infrared touch probe provides a probing accuracy of≤ ± 1 µm and a repeatability factor of 2 ƒã ≤ 0.25 µm. The probe features a new sensor; the new technology involves the use of three sensor elements. When probing a workpiece, the stylus is deflected so that a force acts on the elements. This results in the generation of charges that are detected by the electronics and converted into trigger signals. The unit is designed for use in modern machine tools with a fast tool changer, and rapid acceleration or deceleration does not cause uncontrolled trigger signals.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.