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Renishaw has announced that the latest version of Productivity+, a software solution designed to integrate measurement and process control functionality into CNC machining programs, will be available in autumn 2011.

Productivity+, a PC-based probe software product for machining centres, is said to eliminate the requirement for the manual addition of probing cycles into G code, instead using point-and-click feature selection from imported solid models within an interface designed to be familiar to existing CAM users.

Version 1.90 of the software includes features for constructed statements, an enhanced multi-axis capability, an improved reporting capability and extended custom macro functionality.

Key features

  • The constructed statements functionality within Productivity+, which enables ‘virtual’ features to be created from existing measurement data, is complemented by the addition of a constructed line element; together, these constructed statements (point, circle, plane and line) are suitable for complex job set-up operations.
  • A multi-axis capability and support for machine-specific commands such as Fanuc G68.2 and Siemens Cycle800 has been also extended in version 1.90, providing programming support for knuckle-jointed table and five-axis head/table machine configurations, as well as standard three-axis machines and multi-axis machines with table/table configurations.
  • The reporting functionality has also been improved to allow reports to be produced in a consistent format for all supported controller models, simplifying analysis and comparison when using external software packages.
  • An integrated logic builder enables measurements to be used as the input to process control decisions, allowing work co-ordinates, tool geometry, machine variables and rotation updates to be set automatically.

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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