Blum LMT, Inc. recently introduced the new Gauging Guide. This graphical user interface (GUI) was developed to complement Blum’s core metrology products, such as lasers, tactile tool setters, and workpiece probes. The GUI, developed for use on Okuma’s THINC®-OSP CNC controls, makes using these core products easier for operators and programmers. Blum’s Gauging Guide is the only industry GUI that utilizes Okuma’s THINC API, allowing operators to take advantage of the integration between the Okuma THINC control and Blum’s Gauging Guide with a simple, one-touch screen.
Blum developed this new software upon realizing that some of the advanced features of Blum’s products were not being utilized because of the programming knowledge that was required. Blum’s product software offers many advanced measurement capabilities to users. The Gauging Guide takes advantage of these advanced measuring capabilities in the macro programming software by channeling access to them through a clean and straightforward graphical user interface. “This software guides a machinist through simple and very logical steps to program probe and laser routines,” says Jeff Estes, Okuma’s Director of Partners in THINC. “This allows for faster setups while also empowering less experienced machinists to perform these steps. It’s a win-win since the metrology technologies are used more effectively and routinely.”