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Renishaw will be exhibiting its extensive range of metrology equipment at Control 2015, which takes place in Stuttgart, Germany, from 5–8 May 2015.

Products highlighted will include new software for the Equator, a flexible gauge which allows users to create simple gauging routines in minutes, new MODUS 2 metrology software suite which simplifies the programming of co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs), and new developments for Renishaw’s web shop. 

In hall 3, stand 3304, Renishaw will be showing its INTUO gauging software which is now offered with the Equator system to simplify and automate the gauging of a wide variety of parts, removing dependence on the skill of manual gauge users. This package also makes an ideal alternative to multiple manual devices such as vernier or digital callipers, micrometres and plug gauges. 

Renishaw is also launching the Equator Button Interface (EBI), with simple push-button controls for shop-floor operators, removing the need for a mouse and keyboard. The EBI can be operated by staff wearing gloves and is not affected by shop-floor contamination. 

According to the company, users of co-ordinate measuring machines visiting Control 2015 will be able to see how the MODUS 2 metrology software suite will bring new levels of clarity and efficiency to the programming and operation of CMMs. 

Visitors to Control will be able to see and interact with demonstrations of both INTUO and MODUS 2 at the Renishaw stand. 

Key product features and benefits

INTUO gauging software

  • With minimal training the INTUO software allows the programmer to create gauging routines using just a part with an engineering drawing.
  • The ‘Feature Predict’ function allows the programmer to use the joystick to take points on each feature while INTUO does most of the work by predicting the type of feature, the nominal value and a possible tolerance band.
  • It is then easy to adjust the program to change the number of points taken or to space them evenly, and match nominals and tolerances to the engineering drawing.
  • Shop-floor operators then simply select and run these programs within the user-friendly Renishaw Organiser front-end software. 

MODUS 2

  • Based on the established and highly capable MODUS platform, and supporting Renishaw’s range of three and five-axis CMM sensor technologies, MODUS 2 has been designed with usability in mind.
  • According to the company, it results in unprecedented levels of productivity with or without a CAD model. 
  • The user experience for MODUS 2 is also designed to be identical whether the software is connected to a ‘live’ CMM or working in an offline environment where full simulation with speed control allows measurement sequence development and visualisation.
  • Further innovations include ‘Off Surface’ motion technology, intelligent measurement strategies, automatic reporting and an interactive virtual CMM environment.
  • From simple manual machine operation through to complex part measurement on multi-axis systems, MODUS 2 adapts automatically and only offers functionality relevant to the current task. 

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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