Tool Measurement System

ANCA’s (Wixom, MI) iView system allows users to rapidly measure the shape, profile and outer diameter of a cutting tool while it is clamped in the grinding machine, and then compare measurements to ideal tool geometry.

ANCA’s (Wixom, MI) iView system allows users to rapidly measure the shape, profile and outer diameter of a cutting tool while it is clamped in the grinding machine, and then compare measurements to ideal tool geometry. The benefit is that discrepancies can then be addressed immediately without the need to remove the tool and measure off-machine. Measured data can be fed back into the grinding cycle for automatic compensation. A cost-effective solution for high-precision tool measurements, the measurement system includes software which works seamlessly with its machine operating software and a camera which mounts easily inside the ANCA tool and cutter grinder in less than one minute. It may be stored outside the machine when not in use. A single system can serve up to four grinding machines. The system has a standard magnification of 300:1, other magnifications can be provided, and the accuracy of the system is 2 micron. The system’s software generates the ideal shape for standard tool geometries and protracts it over the actual tool image. It also can import DXF overlay files for complex profiles. A high-visibility image of the ground tool as taken by the system’s camera is compared to the ideal (as designed) overlay shape. Tolerance bandwidth can be specified and graphically displayed over the tool image. Automatic generation of tangent to the profile simplifies measurement process.