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Reliable tool monitoring guarantees safe monitoring of the production process.

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Reliable Tool Monitoring

Tool Breakage? Clamping Error? Misfeed? BK Mikro stands for the absolutely safe monitoring of work processes in industrial production processes. This monitoring is achieved by means of intelligent sensor system solutions based on sound technological knowledge and industry-specific application experience. Precision and quality are the basis of a maximum degree of constant safety - Made in Germany.

The system consists of a control unit for top-rail mounting and a tactile sensor, which is precisely matched to the respective process situation. The presence, correct position and freedom from breakage of the tool are identified, and the slightest deviations from the defined target state are quickly detected. If an error occurs, the immediate machine stop can be initiated to avoid further damage or faulty production.

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About 40 years BK Mikro

Process Monitoring through Precise Tool Control

A small product, but a giant leap in terms of process safety. Starting in 1980 with the first electrical system for drill control, the sensor systems of BK Mikro are now globally established in machine building resp. the machining industry.

Meanwhile, it is no longer “just” about tool resp. tool breakage monitoring. The preventive use of BK Mikro is part of the condition monitoring to keep an eye on all major technical parameters of a machine and supports predictive maintenance. Today more than ever, production reliability resp. traceability are decisive factors for safe and efficient production processes.

Wherever highest precision is required, BK Mikro fulfils its task with diligence: Monitoring tools, checking objects, detecting positions, measuring hidden geometries, checking contours/profiles.

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1980: First presentation of BK Mikro

Leukhardt Systems introduces BK Mikro, a solution for monitoring tools in the machine. This first product is also the first electrically driven system.

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1990: BK Mikro goes international

Now BK Mikro moves to the USA. The first distributor in the USA sells BK Mikro products such as sensors, control units and accessories and also offers support.

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1994: BK Mikro5 is patented

BK Mikro5 is the first system with right-left scanning, which enables the monitoring of two precisely detected scanning positions ( right and left rotation of the sensing needle and automatic detection of the rest position).

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2000: BK Mikro8 makes control of multiple tools possible

With an integrated PROFIBUS or digital E/A, BK Mikro8 provides the prerequisite for monitoring multiple tools directly in the machine tool with just one system.

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2006: BK Mikro launches its own distribution network

With the establishment of its own distribution network, BK Mikro is now setting the foundation for global expansion.

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2007: Modularity at BK Mikro

A new era begins: The different control units can now be combined with different scanners.

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2014: New scanners now inspect from 0.1 mm

The new scanners, TK7 and TK 96, can now be used to inspect particularly fine rotating tools. The new probes probe tools from 0.1 mm.

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2020: 40 years & 150,000 sensor systems

It's time to celebrate: BK Mikro has been successful for 40 years with a global sales and service network. To date, 150,000 sensor systems are in use worldwide.

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