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Nano500 Contact Optical Tool Setter CNC

What is the Nano500 Optical Z Axis Offset Electronic Touch Off Setter?

EMG CNC are proud to present this Nano Precision Optical CNC Tool Length Setter Measurement Device.

The world-class, state-of-the-art EMG Nano 500 CNC Tool Height Setter. The Nano features an optical trigger switch offering a repeatability accuracy of 500 nanometres.

The NANO500 transfers it's signals by cable. The Nano has 11mm of stroke distance which reduces the chance of an accidental crash. You are protected by a over travel protection circuit at 4-5mm. This ensure no damage occurs if there is a mechanical error or failure of your machining center.

This tool setter has an indicator light to show its working status and utilises a 6 core cable. NANO500 adopts original micro resistance technology. An IP68 Rating guarantees excellent durability for a pro-longed life.

 

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The world-class, state-of-the-art EMG Nano 500 CNC Z Axis Height Setter features an optical trigger switch that offers a repeatability accuracy of 500 nanometers, or 0.5 microns.


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How does the Nano 500 Electronic Tool Length Setter Work?

The EMG Nano500 can technically be called an LTS and an OTS as the Nano500 measures Tool Length with an optical trigger switch. The NANO500 transfers the signals by cable. The NANO500 Tool Setter has 11mm of stroke distance which reduces the possibility of an accidental crash. This tool setter has an indicator light to show its operational status and utilises a 6 core cable. NANO500 adopts original micro resistance technology guaranteeing excellent durability for a pro-longed life. The Nano500 is ideally suited for high-end cnc milling machines and large CNC Routers. For smaller milling machines and CNC routers the Sprite10 with its low profile form is a better choice.

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What are the Features of the Nano500 CNC Optical Tool Setter?

  • Optical Trigger switch removes mechanical wear and tear.
  • Overall Height including Base = TBC
  • 10~30V Input Voltage.
  • Nano Precision <0.5 micron repeatability, or 500 nanometers*.
  • Nano Precision Tool Height Setting.
  • Broken Tool Detection possible.
  • Automatic Tool Compensation programmable.
  • IP68 PROTECTION level .
  • Excellent DURABILITY with over 3 million trigger times.
  • CLEAR Operational Indicator Light.

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Nano500 CNC Tool Length Setter Being tested on a Fanuc

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What does a Tool Setter do?

Essentially tool setting is the analysis and determination of geometric distances such as the width of an object, the radius of an object and its height or length. In the case of CNC Tool Setting it more often than not refers to the measurement of cutting tools such as the measurement of the diameter and the length or height of the cutting tool. 

The methods of proving these measurements are typically divided into two categories. Tool Setting products or processes are split into contact and non-contact types of, dependant on the design of the tool and its intended functionality. In brief, and as the names suggest, contact tool setters involve the physical touch of objects to find their spacial relations. Non-Contact Tool Setters use optical technologies such as lasers to function as triggers for taking measurements. We will discuss these different technologies in depth later. 

Through the clever use of programming and software, other highly beneficial processes can be performed to streamline your operations. With extremely exact systems like the EMG Nano 500 it is possible to take compensation readings from your CNC machine to allow or adjust for thermal expansion or variation. With a particular type of Tool Setter it is possible to measure cutter wear and have your system automatically compensate for this variation in tool diameter to ensure your final part is correct and within specified tolerances. Automated systems can take advantage of other features possible with Tool Setting products like Broken Tool Detection. In a process where there are long repetitive runs, the operator can use a setting product to evaluate if cutting tool has broken by analysing its presence, or lack of. This can be highly useful in machining operations that have limited supervision and can save a lot of wasted machining time.

 

 

What Is A CNC Z Axis Electronic Touch Off Tool Setter?

The first type of tool setter we will discuss are the ‘Contact’ type. This involves the object tool actually making physical contact with the measurement device in order to permeate a length or position reading. This type of tool setter can be further diluted into categories specific to measurement arms, often used on lathes, and probe or plunger style tool setter’s dependant on the manufacturers design or the particular application. Contact setters often have a range of models whose size and sensitivity are tailored for a range of cutting tool sizes.

 

What are the Advantages of using a CNC Electronic Tool Length Setter?

•EMG's Tool Setters are IP68 Rated so they are suited for the harshest of environments.

•Affordable & Relatively Simple to Install.

•Return on Investment is easily achieved.

•Stable repeatability and Ultra Precision possible.

•Optical versions feature 10+ Million triggers.

 

What should I consider before buying a CNC Tool Touch Off Probe Tool Setter?

•Requires mounting within your useable XY footprint.

•Be aware of Tool Deflection with micro tools.

•Not suitable for edge profiling.

•Macros & Programming are likely required.

 

What Are CNC Machine Contactless Tool Setters?

Contactless or Non-contact Tool Setters make use of laser technology to create a beam that is sent from a transmitters and received. Any breaks in the laser beam are interpreted by the system and translated into the required measurements. It is not unusual to see these systems in a single housing with transmitter and receiver together or as separate physical units that speak to each other by laser beam.

 

What are the Advantages of a CNC Machine Contactless Tool Setter?

· Optics are typically fully enclosed due to no moving parts.

· It is possible to take measurements at high spindle speeds.

· Micro cutting tool deflection is not an issue with Non-Contact Tool Setters.

· More complex functions can be performed like checking cutting tools for chips or damaged edges.

What should I consider before buying a Contactless Tool Setter for my CNC Machine?

  • Contamination of the transmitter and receiver lenses can cause issues with false readings and may require a more robust housekeeping program.
  • Generally more expensive to invest in so it is usually wise to take advantage of all the extra possible functionality over Contact Type Setters.
  • Installation & Programming can be more challenging.