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Unmatched Safety

Reliable tool monitoring guarantees safe monitoring of the production process.

Different variants can be seen in a view of the BK micro probe in use for tool monitoring
BK Mikro monitoring


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-hat rail assembly and a tactile sensor resp. probe precisely attuned to the respective process situation. Presence, correct position and freedom from breakage are identified and slightest deviations from the defined normal condition are quickly detected. If a fault occurs, an instantaneous machine stop can be initiated to prevent further damages or defective products.

You can see a BK micro sensor in the machine working

More than 40 years of BK Mikro

Micro Process Monitoring through Precise Tool Monitoring

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 application 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.

BK Mikro

1980: First presentation of BK Mikro

Leukhardt Systems presents BK Mikro, a solution for tool monitoring in machines. This first product is at the same time the first electrically driven system.

BK Mikro 1990

1990: BK Mikro goes international

Now BK Mikro is drawn towards the USA. The first trader in the USA distributes BK Mikro products such as sensors, control units and accessories while also providing support.

BK Mikro 1994

1994: BK Mikro5 is patented

BK Mikro5 is the first system with right-left scanning which allows the monitoring of two exactly detected scanning positions (clockwise and counter-clockwise rotation of the wand and automatic detection of the rest position).

BK Mikro 2000

2000: BK Mikro8 allows to monitor several tools

With an integrated PROFIBUS resp. digital E/A BK Mikro8 offers the precondition for the monitoring of several tools right in the machine tool with just one system.

BK Mikro 2006

2006: Own distribution network for BK Mikro launched

With the establishment of its own distribution network BK Mikro now lays the cornerstone for global expansion.

BK Mikro 2007

2007: Modularity with BK Mikro

A new era begins: From now on, the different control units can be combined with different sensors.

BK Mikro 2014

2014: New sensors now test from 0.1 mm

With the new sensors TK7 and TK 96 it is now possible to monitor particularly fine rotating tools. The new sensors scan tools from 0.1 mm.

BK Mikro 2020

2020: 40 years & 150,000 sensor systems

Time to celebrate: BK Mikro has been successful with a global sales and service network for 40 years. As of today, 150,000 sensor systems are in use.

A man sits on a sofa in the Schubert System Elektronik building and works on a laptop


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