Analysis of cutting forces and process optimization with dynamometers

Effective process analysis and process optimization by measuring cutting forces with a dynamometer

Machining of increasingly complex geometries and challenging materials makes process design more complex. By measuring the cutting forces during machining with a dynamometer, operators are enabled to analyze cutting processes for the sake of an effective process optimization – which is key to maximum quality and cost-effectiveness. Piezoelectric technology integrated into every Kistler dynamometer delivers high-precision measurements with force resolution down to each individual tool cutting edge.

Typical applications for dynamometers in process analysis and optimization

  • Analyze cutting processes, with targeted troubleshooting 
  • Compare and develop machining strategies 
  • Identify unfavorable cutting situations 
  • Identify unused potential: tool life and productivity
  • Identify influences due to different material batches 

Benefits of piezoelectric measurement technology

  • The high rigidity and natural frequencies make it possible to identify the engagement of individual cutting edges
  • Measurement of three force directions and torque
  • Measuring range extending from micro to heavy duty machining
  • Robust and coolant-resistant (IP67)
  • Easy to integrate and handle thanks to compact design
  • Exceptionally durable


  • Turning, milling, drilling, sawing, tapping, broaching, hobbing, and many others
  • Grinding, honing, polishing and many others
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