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Renishaw and machine tool manufacturer Yamazaki Mazak are collaborating to hold a joint UK seminar on precision machining and probing technologies on 5–6 February 2014.

The ‘Hitting the Mark’ seminars will take place in the European Technology Centre at Mazak’s UK headquarters in Worcester, UK, and will feature a series of practical presentations and demonstrations focused on the benefits and advantages of probing and automation in the machining process.

All probing presentations are structured to be accessible for a range of knowledge and will successively build on each other from the introductory seminar ‘Basic Probing’, which will be demonstrated on a Mazak HCN 4000-III horizontal machining centre, to a more in-depth look at probing benefits and technology in the ‘Advanced Probing’ session.

Also featured at the seminar will be demonstrations of Sprint, Renishaw’s contact scanning probe, which will be used on a Mazak Variaxis j-600/5X, an entry-level five-axis multi-tasking machine.

There will also be active demonstrations of probes on Mazak machines along with a demonstration of Renishaw’s Equator gauging system, which is a versatile alternative to custom gauging, offering inspection of a variety of manufactured parts.

Key features and benefits

Sprint

  • Incorporates a new generation of on-machine scanning technology
  • Enables fast and accurate form and profile data capture from both prismatic and complex 3D components

Equator

  • Offers a versatile alternative to custom gauging
  • Can be used in a serial production line between turning centres, machining centres, grinders and other machines or within a manufacturing cell to gauge components for multiple machines
  • Can be integrated into automated cells, using the optional I/O interface to connect it to a robot, or by outputting the gauging results to an SPC package

Renishaw

A world leader in engineering technologies, Renishaw’s core skills in measurement and precision machining serve sectors as diverse as dimensional metrology, spectroscopy, machine calibration, motion control, dentistry and surgical robotics.

A world leader in engineering technologies, Renishaw’s core skills in measurement and precision machining serve sectors as diverse as dimensional metrology, spectroscopy, machine calibration, motion control, dentistry and surgical robotics.

Sensors for co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) are an industry standard, from basic touch-trigger probes through to automated stylus and probe changers, motorised indexing probe heads, and revolutionary five-axis measurement systems.

Machine probes for CNC machine tools allow automated tool setting, workpiece set-up, in-cycle gauging and part inspection. Products include laser tool setters, contact tool setters, tool breakage detectors, touch probes and high accuracy inspection probes.

For motion control, Renishaw supplies laser encoders, optical linear encoders, optical angle encoders, optical rotary encoders, magnetic rotary encoders, magnetic chip encoders and magnetic linear encoders.

To analyse the static and dynamic performance of position-critical motion systems, Renishaw’s laser interferometer and environmental compensation system offers a linear measurement accuracy of 0.5 ppm, readings of up to 50 kHz and a linear measurement speed of up to 4 m/s, with a linear resolution of 1nm.

Renishaw’s Raman spectroscopy products exploit the Raman effect to identify and characterise the chemistry and structure of materials. A diverse range of analytical applications include pharmaceutical, forensic science, nanotechnology, biomedical and semiconductors.

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