Turning in metal machining
Turning in metal machining

Sensor solutions guarantee high system availability

Fixtures, valves, fastener elements and engine and transmission parts in auto engines, industrial machines and household appliances: We work with these metallic series production components on a daily basis.

Your production is especially favorable if it can be processed in the turning process and for this purpose designed rotationally symmetric to a large extent. Especially with parts that are produced in a clamping operation and automatically fed and removed.

Balluff supports this convenient automatic production. This is because sensors contribute decisively to the fact that the processes are monitored with the shortest possible clock cycle time and a high degree of automation.

Application examples

  • Bar loader monitoring

    Feed monitoring with rod material using inductive sensors

    The solution

    With inductive BES sensors from Balluff, you monitor the feeding of the rod material at multiple points. This ensures a smooth production process with optimum machine utilization and supports you in running unmanned shifts.

    The features

    • Smooth production with optimum machine utilization via reliable monitoring
    • Unmanned shifts can be realized
    Metal machining, monitoring rod loaders
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  • Tailstock positioning

    Feed monitoring with rod material using inductive sensors

    The solution

    With our BTL magnetostrictive linear position sensors, you can position the tailstock of your lathe very reliably and efficiently. For example, with a hydraulic or a simple engine shaft.

    For the fine positioning, a second measurement system can easily be installed..

    The features

    • Reliable and economical tailstock positioning
    • Installation of a second measurement system for fine positioning possible
    Metal machining, tailstock positioning
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  • Steady rest alignment

    Compact and precise steady rest positioning with rod-shaped magnetostrictive linear position sensor

    The solution

    Steady rests support the machining process for longer or heavier turned parts. A rod-shaped BTL magnetostrictive linear position sensor monitors the piston position. For both compact and precise steady rest positioning the actuator and sensor are thus merged.

    The features

    • Compact and precise steady rest positioning
    Metal machining, aligning steady rest
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  • Checking workpiece clamping

    Wide range of measuring systems for maximum precision in tool clamping

    The solution

    To machine a workpiece correctly and with consistent quality, it must be securely seated in the lathe chuck. Sensors with switching output and increasingly also BIP inductive positioning systems with a continuous output signal, reliably and precisely check the tool clamping.

    Balluff offers a wide range of measurement systems for various dimensions. From just a few millimeters to 130 mm in length.

    The features

    • Precise checking of the tool clamping
    • Wide range of measuring systems, from a few millimeters to 130 mm in length
    Metal machining, aligning steady rest
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  • Detecting the turret position

    Inductive sensors monitor the correct position of the tool turret

    The solution

    BES inductive sensors detect whether the tool turret has reached the correct indexing position after a rotary movement. These sensors detect both the revolver clamping and the locking.

    The features

    • Correct index position of the tool turret
    • Inductive sensors detect revolver clamping and locking
    Metal machining, detecting revolver position
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  • Monitoring drive belts

    Presence and function checking for drive belt via capacitive or inductive sensors

    The solution

    In order to transmit rotary movements, machine tools often use drive belts. Their presence and function must be continuously checked.

    Depending on the design, BCS capacitive sensors or BES inductive sensors from Balluff are suitable for this task. In the event of an error, they release the stop of the drive.

    The features

    • Reliable checking of the drive belts
    • Different sensors depending on the design of the drive belt
    • Stoppage of the drive in the event of an error
    Metal machining, checking drive belts
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