How optical measurement avoids expensive refining stepsBoehlerit

Optical 3D measurement led to reduced refining steps

At the Austrian manufacturer of carbide cutting materials, quality assurance starts at the very beginning of the production process. Bruker Alicona measurement systems are used to optimize stamps in the company's own pressing tool department. Additionally, the InfiniteFocus measurement system makes the entire manufacturing process of inserts more economical by reducing development times by 30 %. This makes it possible to launch new products faster.

Gerhard Melcher
Head of Segment Turning and Milling & Head of Marketing

With Bruker Alicona, we have reached the next level in the manufacture of tools with complex geometries. Thanks to the fast and highly accurate measurement technology, we are able to manufacture also special tools precisely and economically. We are proud to be using one of the world's leading measurement systems - if not the leading measurement system - with Bruker Alicona.

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Optical 3D measurement applied in mold making

"When it comes to manufacturing complex insert geometries, it's all about the correct tool," emphasizes Alfred Maier, Head of Quality Assurance and Quality and Environmental Management at Boehlerit. "Manufacturing inserts is a cost- and time-intensive process. This means that quality assurance can't apply to the finished tool only," he continues, describing the measurement strategy of the Austrian manufacturer of carbide tools. Alfred Maier's concept of quality assurance starts at the very beginning of the manufacturing process, in mold making. At the Kapfenberg plant in Styria, Boehlerit relies on Bruker Alicona's optical measurement systems in their pressing tool department. The Boehlerit experts in the areas of metallurgy, coating technology, and pressing technology use Bruker Alicona's high-resolution 3D measurement system InfiniteFocus in combination with a motorized rotation unit. This allows them to optimize the clearance between stamp and die, and to measure the complex geometries of inserts in a fully automated repeatable process.


How Boehlerit succeeds with Bruker Alicona solution


Dimensional accuracy & surface finish measurement 

  • Accurate, fast and universal optical 3D measuring instrument for tolerances in the µm and sub-µm range
  • Components are measured area-based and with high resolution independent of size, material, geometry, weight and surface finish
  • A number of proven and new features combine the functionalities of a roughness measuring system (Ra, Rq, Rz/Sa, Sq, Sz) with the characteristics of a coordinate measuring machine

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