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    After reading the recent posts concerning probes & modules I'm curious to know how you folks using TP20's without changer racks store modules not being used. I stick mine to the lower metal shelf of my PC / controller table. Can this damage them or weaken the magnets?
    Perry
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    Originally posted by Perry Fisher
    After reading the recent posts concerning probes & modules I'm curious to know how you folks using TP20's without changer racks store modules not being used. I stick mine to the lower metal shelf of my PC / controller table. Can this damage them or weaken the magnets?

    I've been wondering this myself.. I am keeping the unused modules in the wooden probe storage dealio. If I have tip changes I usually keep them out, magnet down, on my desk. I don't know how bad this is. It'll be interesting to hear from the Gurus.

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    • #3
      I used to work in a shop where we had TP200s and we would stick them anywhere. In the 2½ years I was there we had no problems. I just got a TP20 at my new shop and I just keep them on the underside of my overhead compartment at my desk.
      sigpicYou're just jealous the voices talk to me.

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      • #4
        probe holder

        I was worried about the magnetic faces of the TP20's myself, plus we were having to clean the heads much more frequently with the putty. I had a guy out in the shop make some holders for me out of plastic that we had lying around. I made some for both the TP20's and the SP600 tips.

        I have the drawings on my computer at home in Solidworks....very simple...will post them tomorrow.

        Tim

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        • #5
          I would think a wood or plastic storage rack would be ideal. If sticking them to metal I would make sure the metal is smooth and will not scratch the seating surfaces. The other concern would be debri possibly sticking to the magnet. HTH
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          • #6
            Renishaw makes a probe storage rack, looks like a T and it can hold up to 6 modules. A bit high priced though, I'm sure those of us who work in machine shops could very easily copy the design.
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            Last edited by kmcmm; 06-15-2006, 09:49 PM.
            Kevin

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            • #7
              We bought one of the racks mentioned above. The folks out on the floor like it. I, on other hand do not have one of these racks. What I did is use the plastic cap(with the metal insert in it) that the module was delivered in. In fact these work so well I contacted the BNS folks in Wixom and asked if they had any extra caps laying around that I could have as spares. They had no problem sending them to me.
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              James Mannes

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              • #8
                I took a thin piece of aluminium and put slots in it. Hang it off the back of the table.
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                • #9
                  For the past 6 years I have stuck them everywhere but the refigerator without a problem. I make sure that the styli is pointing down so gravity is not pulling it in one direction, the most common place being on the metal shroud under the X axis. I have not had any problems with this yet.
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                  • #10
                    10yrs ago I bought some stick on velcro and used some shim stock, and fastened it to my cmm. see attachment. This has worked good for me, and I have only had one module go bad in 10yrs. (tp200)
                    Last edited by William Johnson; 08-02-2006, 05:21 PM.
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                    • #11
                      I use my old putty that is used for cleaning. it is stuck to the computer and I store them right on the putty to keep them clean. if putty looks dirty pich it ang get a new piece out .
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                      • #12
                        Wher can I get some of this cleaning putty you all are using? I clean mine with denatured alcohol.

                        I guess most of you can't have any type of alcohol around without drinking it.

                        Did I just hi-jack my own post?
                        Perry
                        B&S Mistral
                        3.207 Beta on XP

                        Older'n dirt

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                        • #13
                          You can buy it from Renishaw or poster putty works too.
                          sigpicYou're just jealous the voices talk to me.

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                          • #14
                            I use my old putty that is used for cleaning. it is stuck to the computer and I store them right on the putty to keep them clean. if putty looks dirty pich it ang get a new piece out .
                            This is what I do also. I have a draw w/ all my cmm stuff in it and I stick the putty to the inside of the draw. I don't have any probes that I use daily that are to long yet.
                            PCDmis 3.5mr2 CAD++

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                            • #15
                              I guess most of you can't have any type of alcohol around without drinking it.

                              Now wait just a doggone minute, I resemble that remark.

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