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Renishaw is exhibiting at Advanced Engineering 2014 within the aero engineering section. Visitors to the exhibition (11–12 November 2014, Hall 5, NEC, Birmingham) will be able to see a range of Renishaw’s products, including Equator, the ‘thermally insensitive’ gauging system for shop-floor inspection, and the company’s additive manufacturing technology.

Equator is designed for shop-floor inspection and is capable of high-speed accurate comparative gauging of high-volume manufactured parts. Renishaw is also showing additive manufacturing machines that print metal parts.

Visitors to Renishaw’s stand will see a range of additively manufactured components. In addition, those looking to improve their measurement speeds on co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) will be able to see demonstrations of the PH20 five-axis system on an Aberlink machine.

Renishaw will also show a range of machine tool calibration equipment, including the QC20-W wireless ballbar, and machine tool probing systems, including the SPRINT system — a contact scanning system for on-machine process control applications

Key features and benefits

Equator

  • Equator offers an alternative to custom gauging
  • It is designed for shop-floor inspection
  • The system can work outside of temperature-controlled rooms
  • It is said to be lightweight, fast and highly repeatable
  • Equator can switch between parts in seconds — perfect for flexible manufacturing processes or accepting parts from multiple machines

Additive manufacturing systems

  • Additive manufacturing systems are capable of producing fully dense, complex parts from metal powders, including tool steel, aluminium, titanium and Inconel
  • The laser melting technology involves fusing the metal powder using a high-powered yterrbium fibre laser
  • The process is digitally driven, direct from 3D CAD data; on the Renishaw stand, visitors will be able to see a range of additively manufactured components

PH20

  • This is a five-axis system for co-ordinate measuring machines
  • PH20 increases touch-trigger CMM throughput up to three times, using fast, infinite, rotary positioning and ‘head touch’ capability for high-speed point capture with minimal CMM movement
  • It uses two axes of head motion to minimise CMM movement and associated dynamic errors at higher measurement speeds
  • Its ‘inferred calibration’ feature determines head orientation and probe position in a single operation, eliminating the need for calibration at each orientation

SPRINT

  • SPRINT is a contact scanning system for on-machine process control applications
  • It is said to open up new process control opportunities for high-value CNC machine tools
  • SPRINT system incorporates a new generation of on-machine scanning technology that enables fast and accurate form and profile data capture from both prismatic and complex 3D components
  • For blade manufacture, the SPRINT system provides unprecedented capability for blade tip refurbishment and root blending applications
  • For multi-task machining applications, the SPRINT machine tool scanning system offers users new process control capabilities, including repeatable diameter measurement cycles

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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