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Delcam has released version 5 of its Powerinspect inspection software, which now includes support for five-axis scanning with Renishaw’s Revo probe.

Powerinspect also features the ability to use multiple alignments within parts or assemblies, additional GDandT features, more flexible best-fit algorithms, improved CMM connectivity and more versatile report generation.

Powerinspect 5 is one of the first inspection software packages to support Renishaw’s Revo for the verification of geometric and free-form shapes on CMMs.

It offers faster and more accurate measurement of feature-rich parts, such as powertrain components and complex doubly-curved surfaces, including those found in aerofoils and turbine blades.

As the five-axis Revo head is much lighter and more dynamic than the CMM, with a better frequency response, it can follow changes in the part geometry much more quickly.

Five-axis scanning minimises dynamic errors caused by the inertial forces that affect the moving mass of the CMM structure.

Powerinspect 5 incorporates five-axis simulation and collision detection technology from Delcam’s Powermill CAM system.

Five-axis operation for On-Machine Verification has also been simplified and improved.

Canned strategies have been added for all standard geometric features, making it faster and simpler to generate inspection routines for prismatic parts.

Powerinspect’s ability to use multiple alignments in a single part will allow independent verification of distinct areas within the component.

This will make it simpler to identify the source of any error in a faulty example, making it quicker and easier to rectify the problem.

Multiple alignments can also be important when checking assemblies of parts.

They can be used to discover whether the error is in an individual component, and, if so, in which one, or whether the problem has resulted from an inaccuracy in the way the parts were put together.

Inspection of more complex parts benefits from the enhanced best-fit options in the software.

These allow the user to prioritise the most important features in the part when identifying the most accurate alignment.

For example, mating faces, which may need to be produced to a finer tolerance, can be given a higher priority.

The GDandT capability has been expanded to include symmetry, surface profile and run-out, as well as the previously-available true position, perpendicularity, angularity, parallelism and concentricity.

The options are available in the GDandT Wizard to guide the operator through the process.

Another new option is the ability to compensate for changes in the part-temperature.

This will help companies using portable devices on the shop-floor, where it is impossible to maintain the temperature as consistently as can be done in a dedicated measuring area.

The software includes specific expansion factors for different materials, allowing accurate compensation allowances to be calculated.

The introduction into Powerinspect of I++ technology will make it easier to add the software to new hardware, especially for companies that use a variety of different devices.

I++ is the standard communication format for CMMs and is supported by all major equipment manufacturers.

Powerinspect 5 now gives the user more control over the way the results are displayed.

The previous highly-automated reporting methods still available can now customise reports more easily.

For example, the positions and contents of results labels can be adjusted to highlight the most important measurements.

Delcam supplies software and services that help manufacturing companies to maximise their profitability by increasing productivity, improving quality and reducing lead times. The company is the world's largest specialist supplier of computer-aided machining software, with its PowerMILL, FeatureCAM, Partmaker and ArtCAM programs making up the most comprehensive range of CAM systems from any developer.

This broad selection allows Delcam to offer a CAM system capable of machining virtually any product, in any material on any type of equipment. Delcam also develops product design, tooling design and quality control programs. The unique Tribrid Modelling approach to design incorporates solid modelling, surface modelling and triangle modelling in a single program, enabling complete design and reverse engineering projects to be undertaken without transferring data between software.

Delcam's Powerinspect offers fast, reliable comparison of parts, prototypes and tooling against CAD data on all types of inspection equipment and even on machine tools. This versatility has made it the world's leading hardware-independent inspection software. Related programs are available for checking machine tool set-up and part location. Delcam software is used in over 80 countries worldwide by around 40,000 organisations, from large multi-nationals to small sub-contractors, in industries including aerospace, automotive, dental, engineering, footwear, medical and toolmaking.

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