Touch probes with hybrid technology
The TS 460 and TT 460 touch probes by Heidenhain feature hybrid technology and radio and has a 360-degree range of transmission.
Heidenhain released two touch probes, the TS 460 and TT 460, which feature hybrid technology as well as radio and infrared signal transmissions. The TS 460, which is for workpiece measurement and the TT 460 is for tool measurement are highly functional, reliable and easy to use.
The dual signal transmission of these new touch probes enables the user to select either mode, combining the advantages of radio when extended range and large amounts of data are required, or the benefits offered by infrared signals when the highest accuracies and fast signal transmission are needed. This way, one version of a touch probe can be operated on any machine size.
The radio transmission uses the 2.4 GHz frequency band and a range of 15 meters, . The infrared transmission has a range of 7 m. The carrier frequency method makes this transmission very reliable, and the high frequency ensures a short delay time. No matter which signal transmission chosen, users need only one SE 660 transmitter-receiver unit. They also have 360-degree range of transmission.
On both the TT 460 and TS 460, the optical sensor is free of wear, and so provides the specified probing reproducibility even after a large number of probing processes (5 million switching cycles during type testing). And the compact design makes it possible to use these touch probes even where installation space is limited. The smaller contours of the TS permit much freedom when tilting into position. The TS workpiece touch probes also have blower jets for cleaning the workpiece, either with coolant or compressed air.
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