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Renishaw will exhibit a range of its precision metrology and advanced engineering products at Northern Manufacturing 2013 at Event City in Manchester, UK, on 2–3 October 2013.

On show at Stand B46 will be Renishaw’s Equator, which is claimed to be a lightweight, fast and highly repeatable inspection system that operators can use with ‘pushbutton’ simplicity. Also exhibited will be Renishaw’s AM250 laser melting technology, which uses an additive manufacturing process to produce fully dense metal parts direct from 3D CAD.

Visitors will also be able to see the QC20-W telescoping ballbar, which is claimed to be the first calibration tool to allow testing in three orthogonal planes through a single reference point.

Continuing the theme of machine tool calibration, Renishaw will be showing the XR20-W rotary-axis calibration system and the XL-80 laser interferometer.

Key features and benefits

Equator gauging system

  • The Equator gauge uses flexible gauging technology that is based on the comparison of production parts to a reference master part.
  • According to the company, it can increase throughput and reduce scrap rates at a fraction of the cost of an equivalent custom gauging system.

AM250 laser melting technology

  • The AM250 technology uses a high-powered fibre laser.
  • Parts are built from a range of fine metal powders that are fully melted in a tightly controlled atmosphere, in layer thicknesses ranging from 20 to 100 microns.

QC20-W telescoping ballbar

  • A single, simple hardware setup means quicker testing and the ability to produce a representative volumetric measurement of positioning accuracy.

XR20-W rotary-axis calibration system

  • The XR20-W works with the XL-80 to allow the measurement of rotary-axis positional accuracy to within one arc-second.
  • Totally wireless operation and modular mounting systems ensure suitability for a wide range of machines.

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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