LC-Vision takes in 3D ToolControl, SpindleControl and GrindControl, meaning that users will know sooner about wear and defects on the cutting tool edges, gain visualisation of spindle wear to improve preventative maintenance and benefit from detailed representation of issues with the grinding wheel.

David Mold, managing director at Blum-Novotest, comments: “We launched the LC50 in 2018, the next generation of the laser and the latest addition to the hugely successful Digilog family.

“After listening to our customers, we are delighted to introduce LC-Vision, which will give machining firms the ability identify wear and defects in the cutting tools and grinding wheels quicker – they can then compensate for them whilst still in the machine.

“By utilising a ‘Best Fit’ feature, tools can be modified so parts are machined much more accurately than before, so every component coming off should be good. Scrapping or re-working should be a thing of the past with this software.”

LC-Vision software will be supplied to machines fitted with Blum-Novotest’s Digilog LC50 laser measurement system free of charge. Every application will be shown on the software, but only those purchased will be active, with customers able to purchase additional features as part of a licensing agreement. The company’s engineers will be available to deliver full training so the client can get the most out of the software.

Future development will eventually cover the rest of the Digilog range, including probe, roughness gauge probe and the bore gauge system.

Says Mold: “LC50 evaluates the analogue signal rather than the digital one, meaning we can take thousands of measuring values of all cutting tool edges per second, resulting in highly dynamic measurement of tool parameters. In essence, this technology is 60% quicker than conventional in-machine measuring.

“Interest has been huge and we have retrofitted the technology on to a lot of machines. LC-Vision is a natural evolution of the solution and will give the customer even greater control.”