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Renishaw has announced a special upgrade kit for HP5528 and HP5529 system users.

Renishaw’s XL-80 laser interferometer system is compact, portable and provides accurate measurement of machine tools, coordinate measuring machines and other position-critical motion systems.

The company has put together a special upgrade kit specifically for existing HP5528 and HP5529 customers.

When they trade-in their old HP laser system components, users qualify for a discounted price on the upgrade kit and accessories (when ordered at the same time).

The XL-80 laser system is backwards compatible with most HP optics and setups (except straightness and squareness optics).

This means that existing users can retain their investment in optics, as well as work and test procedures, when using the XL-80 laser.

Compatibility not only saves money but also means that the user will still have a system where all measurement options (linear, angular, straightness, squareness and flatness) use a traceable interferometric measurement.

The Renishaw XL-80 laser system comes with a three-year standard warranty (and optional two-year extension).

The HP trade-in kit comprises: XL-80 laser unit; XC-80 environmental compensator and sensors; LaserXL software; XL-80 laser stage kit; and universal tripod base.

The XL-80 laser system is claimed to offer improvements in portability, system accuracy and dynamic measurement capability over the HP5528 and HP5529 laser systems.

The whole system (less tripod) can be packed into a portable wheelie case (available as an option).

A complete linear and angular system weighs approximately 12kg (25lb).

Even with the optional Renishaw QC10 ballbar included in the case, it weighs less than 15kg (33lb).

The system is fast and simple to set up with minimal pre-heat time and quick-release tripod mounting.

Both laser and compensator connect to PC via USB with no separate interface required.

Standard optics are stored pre-assembled in the case and the laser head is stored fixed to the tripod stage.

The compact size and remote interferometer make the XL-80 suitable for machine, bench or tripod mounting.

The magnetic baseplate for the environmental compensator maximises mounting location flexibility.

The XL-80 offers high-traceable accuracy and +/-0.5ppm certified linear measurement accuracy (over the full 0C-40C range), 4m/s maximum travel velocity and 50kHz maximum dynamic capture rate.

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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.

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