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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
2007: Modularity at BK Mikro
A new era begins: The different control units can now be combined with different scanners.
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.
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.
The BK Mikro Products
The system gains the high degree of flexibility and adaptability through its components.
Compact with great performance
The control units
The control units of BK Mikro are a class of their own: compact design, strong functionality and well equipped with interfaces for the integrated network - plus extremely flexible when it comes to subsequent system adjustments.
For every application
A great variety of monitoring tasks and applications require special designs. Sensors of BK Mikro feature a very robust design and are absolutely tight against aggressive cooling media and chips. For a variety of restrictions a wide selection of equipment, wands and sensors in different sizes is available.
In order to ideally meet the requirements of monitoring functions BK Mikro offers a comprehensive assortment of accessories and spare parts. In this way the system can be attuned to a variety of tasks and highly difficult operational environments.
All safely under control
Our tool monitoring systems ensure higher safety and reliability in automated production processes in more than 150,000 installations worldwide.
BK Mikro offers the suitable solution for all production processes.
The needle moved by the probe scans object positions in the machine cycle. A control unit with microcomputer triggers the needle movement. The result provided by the probe is compared with the parameters defined in the control unit. This results in a signal which is transferred to the machine control.