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At the Mach 2014 exhibition taking place at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, from 7–11 April, Renishaw will highlight a range of process control solutions that it says will help tackle the increasing drive to lean manufacturing, from technologies for pre-process machine calibration, to online and offline post-process measurement. There will also be a significant focus on the company’s additive manufacturing (3D printing) systems. 

According to the company, major new introductions include a high-speed contact scanning system for CNC machine tools, a range of products for the measurement of aerospace blades, a series of modular fixtures for metrology applications, and software for checking the performance of rotary axes.

The company will also have active demonstrations of its Equator gauging system, including the first UK appearance of new process monitoring software.

For the first time, Renishaw will have two stands at the Mach exhibition, with an additional stand in the new 3D Printing Zone.

Renishaw is the UK’s only manufacturer of a machine that ‘prints’ metal parts. Visitors to both Renishaw stands will be able to see applications that demonstrate the capabilities of the company’s additive manufacturing technology, including the world’s first 3D printed metal bike frame. 

Key product features and benefits

Sprint high-speed contact scanning system

  • Incorporates on-machine scanning technology that the company says will 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.
  • For blade manufacture, the Sprint system is said to provide unprecedented capability for blade-tip refurbishment and root blending applications.
  • For multi-task machining applications, the Sprint machine tool scanning system offers users new process control capabilities, including exceptionally repeatable diameter measurement cycles.
  • Additional functionality offered by the Sprint system provides a rapid health check of a CNC machine tool’s linear and rotary axes in seconds, making it possible to implement a daily machine monitoring regime with little or no operator involvement.

Hardware and software products for co-ordinate measuring machines 

  • These products, which will be highlighted at Mach, are specifically designed to aid the measurement and manufacturing of aerospace blades.
  • All products complement the Revo five-axis measurement system and include Apexblade planning software for REVO sweep scanning and DMIS programming, MODUS aerofoil analysis for the calculation and reporting of blade section profile and aerofoil characteristics, and Surfitblade to aid reverse engineering of the complete aerofoil.

Renishaw fixtures

  • Renishaw has developed an extensive new range of modular fixturing designed specifically for co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs), vision systems and its Equator gauging system.
  • Visitors to Mach 2014 will see that the range offers a wide choice of base plates and components available in M4, M6 and M8 thread sizes, and can be utilised for measurement applications across multiple industries, such as aerospace, automotive and medical.

Off-axis rotary software

  • For visitors to Mach 2014 who use five-axis machine tools, Renishaw has further extended its solutions for checking the alignment and positioning performance of machine tool rotary axes with the launch of new off-axis rotary software for its XR20-W rotary axis calibrator.
  • The software for the XR20-W now allows it to be used to measure the rotary positioning accuracy of an axis on many configurations of five-axis machine tools, where the XR20-W often cannot be mounted on the centre of rotation.

Process monitoring software for the Equator gauge

  • For those sourcing offline measurement systems, a new process monitoring window has been added to the shop-floor user interface for Renishaw’s Equator gauging system.
  • This instantly displays measurement results of inspected features to the operator on a bar-graph display. It also shows the history of measurement on each feature so that process trends can be seen.
  • The system’s re-mastering process can now be managed based on temperature limits, number of parts or time since last master.

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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