Wireless Intuitive Probing System

Drastically reduce setup times with this complete probing package

Contact your local HFO today to custom configure a new Haas with WIPS, or add WIPS to your existing Haas machines.

Set up your Haas mill up to 5 times faster using the Haas Wireless Intuitive Probing System (WIPS). WIPS is a complete probing package that includes the spindle probe, tool setting probe, and optical machine interface, along with powerful software that guides the operator through the job setup process with intuitive, easy-to-use templates. WIPS allows you to quickly and easily define work offset coordinates, set tool length offsets, and perform in-process inspection, for both part inspection and tool breakage detection. WIPS is the single best productivity improvement you can add to your Haas mill.

  • Includes the Haas Visual Programming System, Macros, Spindle Orientation, and Coordinate Rotation & Scaling
  • Easy-to-use, built-in templates make programming probe functions simple
  • Fully automatic tool setting cycles
  • Includes Renishaw’s Inspection Plus software for programming advanced features, like in-process inspection
  • Includes our 50-Taper Tool Load Stand when ordered on 50-taper VMCs


The Haas Wireless Intuitive Probing System (WIPS) guides the operator through the job set-up process with easy-to-use templates. The templates help reduce setup time by allowing the operator to multitask while the automatic probing routines are running. WIPS can also ensure that parts and tools are maintained within tolerance throughout the production process, by using the available wear and break-detection routines. WIPS has the ability to define work offset coordinates, set tool length offsets, and perform in-process inspection within the program.

WIPS includes:

  • Wireless Spindle Probe (work probe)
  • Wireless Tool Setter (tool probe)
  • Optical Machine Interface  (OMI) for communication
  • User-Definable Macros
  • Spindle Orientation
  • Coordinate Rotation & Scaling
  • Visual Part Programming System (VPS)


Field-Install Kits

  • Field-install kits are available through Parts.HaasCNC.com
    WIPS minimum requirements:
    • Software versions M14.05A - Shipped on 5/09/07
    • (Coldfire I / II processor and 10" LCD)
      • Includes VQC templates
  • Software versions M15.04B - Shipped on 4/25/07
    • (Coldfire II processor and 15" LCD) or later
      • Includes VQC templates
      • Minimum I/O board of 3080U, 3083U, 3082V or later

Part Probing Templates

Easy-to-use work offset cycles

  • Highlight the work offset and press F3
  • Select the probe cycle to use
  • Enter the proper information in the template
  • Press Cycle Start to output code to Manual Data Input (MDI) and run the cycle
  • Or press F4 to output code to MDI without running the cycle

* Advanced programming methods allow in-process part inspection


Tool Probing Templates

  • Easy-to-understand tool setting cycles
    • Length probing (Rotating) – best suited for solid or indexable endmills, face mills, and shell mills
    • Length probing (Non-Rotating) – best suited for drills, taps, reamers, or any cutting tool with a point
    • Length and Diameter probing (Rotating) – best suited for solid or indexable endmills or shell mills
  • Manual length cycle for custom cutters
  • Can be used for tool-breakage and tool-wear detection
  • High resistance to coolant

Tool Probe Riser

Depending on the machine configuration, fixture, or part height, a tool probe riser may be necessary.

Haas provides two options to raise the tool probe from the table to avoid any interference with the workholding or workpiece:

  • PRB-EC3: 2.5" (64 mm) probe riser block available for small- and medium-frame VMCs
  • PRB-EC8 10.25" (260 mm) probe riser bracket for APCs, trunnion rotary tables, or tall fixtures

You can order these risers on Parts.HaasCNC.com using part numbers PRB-EC3 or PRB-EC8.

Advanced Features

The probes are operated by small programs called probe cycles, which are designed to carry out specific tasks. Each task requires data input, based on the workpiece and the task. Haas Automation provides Visual Programming System (VPS) templates to simplify data entry for calibrating the probe system, setting offsets, and finding the location of rotary tables and tool loaders.

But, the probe system is capable of so much more. With the probe programming manual and a little bit of programming knowledge, you can command the WIPS system to perform these advanced functions:

  • 4th- and 5th-axis measurements
  • Intelligent program selection
  • Determining if a part is present
  • Tool identification
  • Clearance checking
  • Tool-wear compensation
  • Tool-breakage detection
  • In-Process reporting via DPRNT
  • Angle/single surface measurement
  • Angle/web pocket measurement
  • 3-point bore / boss measurement
  • Stock allowance
  • Determining feature-to-feature data

Why Use WIPS?

  • Clear step-by-step instructions
  • No knowledge of G-code or macro programming is needed for basic functions
  • Fully automatic tool setting cycles
  • Reduces setup time by allowing the operator to multitask while the machine measures multiple tools in a single cycle
  • Reduces scrap by monitoring tool wear and tool breakage
  • In-process part inspection via macros

Get the Most Out of Your Haas Probe

WIPS How-To Part 1 - Calibrating the System
Haas’ Wireless Intuitive Probing System (WIPS) is a game changer for shops wanting to increase the accuracy and speed with which they set tool and work offsets. Resident Applications expert John Nelson breaks down how WIPS works in this 1st part of our “WIPS How-To” series.
WIPS How-To Part 2 - Tool Offsets with VPS
In the 2nd video in our “WIPS How-To” series, expert Applications Engineer John Nelson walks us through setting tool offsets using your wireless probe and the Visual Programming System (VPS) available on all Haas NGC controls.
WIPS How-To Part 3 - Tool Offset Page
In the 3rd video in our “WIPS How-To” series, expert Applications Engineer John Nelson demonstrates using the Tool Offset Page to control the wireless probe for setting tool offsets.
Quickly Pick Up a Work Offset and an Angle
If you’ve ever struggled to indicate-in your part the old-fashioned way – and who hasn’t? – then this tip is for you!
Troubleshoot your Haas Probe, Part 1
Mark reveals the top three root causes of probing issues, and discusses how to properly calibrate your probe, how to diagnose those confusing blinking lights, and offers some great tips on batteries.
Set Work Offsets in Seconds
Anyone who has run a machine knows how long it takes to set your work offsets. What if you could do it in a fraction of the time? It turns out you can, and it’s easier than you think!

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Don’t Struggle to Load Heavy Tools

Order the Wireless Intuitive Probing System on any Haas 50-taper VMC, and we’ll include our 50-taper tool load stand for free, allowing you to load heavy and oversized tools quickly, easily, and safely.

Questions about probing? Let us help.


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