Measurement of force during cutting: Process analysis and process optimization

Constantly escalating demands for ever more complex geometries and increasing material hardness make process design more and more challenging. Monitoring the cutting force is an efficient way of checking and optimizing the quality and cost-effectiveness of the process design. Kistler's cutting force sensors can be used to measure the cutting forces and torques arising in the process itself. The piezoelectric technology on which all Kistler dynamometers are based enables highly dynamic measurements such that the forces can be broken down to the level where it is possible to see the engagement of every single tool edge.

Applications of the Kistler cutting force measurement for process analysis and optimization

  • Analysis of cutting processes and systematic error diagnosis
  • Comparison and development of machining strategies
  • Identification of unfavourable cutting situations
  • Identification of unused potential – tool life and productivity
  • Identification of the impact of varying tool batch quality

Benefits of piezoelectric measurement technology

  • The high rigidity and natural frequencies make it possible to identify the engagement of individual cutting edges
  • Measurement of 3 force directions and torque
  • Measuring range extending from micro and 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 much more
  • Grinding, honing, polishing and much more
Janet Loss
Janet Loss
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