The standard TOOL-BLOCK can
be fitted with a "TBM" accessory for use with a PAV digital readout,
converting the TOOL-BLOCK into a simple one axis presetter used beside
the machine or in a preset area.
After measuring, the length can be
introduced into the tool correction memory of the CNC, without having to
measure it in the machine.
It is also possible to adjust a new tool,
after a tool breakage, to the same length as the previous tool, thus
avoiding changes of tool corrections on the CNC.
Built into the digital readout is an RS
232C interface for printing labels or keeping records.
The TBM attachment can be retrofitted to
an existing TOOL-BLOCK, and the digital readout simply removed when not
in use. The digital readout is clamped into a sleeve within the TBM,
which can swivel to allow measurement for varying diameters of tools.
The reset button on the digital display allows a simple reference zero
off the top of the tool pot.