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Renishaw will be exhibiting its advanced engineering products at Southern Manufacturing 2014, which will take place on 12–13 February at FIVE in Farnborough, UK. On Stand Q90, visitors will have the opportunity to see a range of products designed to help companies to improve their manufacturing processes, including gauging systems, machine-tool calibration systems, five-axis measurement systems for co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and additive manufacturing systems.

Also on display will be the new Sprint high-speed contact scanning system for machine tools — which, according to the company, opens up new process control opportunities for high-value CNC machine tools — as well as the Equator inspection system, which is said to be a radical alternative to traditional dedicated gauging.

Meanwhile, visitors looking to improve measurement speeds on CMMs will be able to see demonstrations of the PH20 five-axis touch-trigger system, which increases touch-trigger CMM throughput by up to three times.

Renishaw’s laser melting technology will also be featured at Southern Manufacturing 2014. This additive manufacturing system offers a process capable of producing fully dense metal parts direct from 3D CAD using a high-powered fibre laser.

Key features and benefits

Sprint

  • This is a high-speed contact scanning system for machine tools
  • It provides new process control opportunities for high-value CNC machine tools
  • The system incorporates a new generation of on-machine scanning technology claimed to deliver a step-change in the benefits of process control, enabling fast and accurate form and profile data capture from both prismatic and complex 3D components

Equator

  • Equator offers an alternative to traditional dedicated gauging
  • The system is capable of high-speed comparative gauging for inspection of high-volume manufactured parts
  • It has been developed and proven on the shop-floor in collaboration with companies in multiple industries and applications

PH20

  • This increases touch-trigger CMM throughput by up to three times
  • It uses fast, infinite, rotary positioning ‘head-touch’ capability for high-speed point capture with minimal CMM movement
  • Two axes of head motion 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

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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