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Renishaw will showcase technologies that can improve manufacturing performance at two upcoming events: at Aero Engineering 2010 and at Make Measurement Matter 2010.

The company’s products enhance performance by gaining more throughput from existing assets, increasing machine automation, reducing manual intervention, reducing rework, concessions and scrap and increasing machine capabilities.

These products include new systems for assessing the performance of three- and five-axis machine tools, a new five-axis probe head for co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) that can give up to a threefold increase in throughput for touch-trigger measurement, new touch probes and software for automated setting and on-machine part verification on CNC machine tools and a CMM retrofit service.

On show will be a new wireless ball bar, which is used for the assessment of machine-tool positioning and servo-control performance.

The QC20-W ball bar features a Renishaw-developed linear sensor and Bluetooth wireless technology, which also allows testing in three orthogonal planes through a single reference point.

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

Also shown will be a new, cost-effective automated solution for checking the alignment and positioning performance of rotary axes.

In just a few minutes, users of five-axis machining centres and multi-tasking mill-turn machines can use Renishaw’s Axiset Check-Up to identify and report on poor machine alignments and geometry that can cause extended process setting times as well as non-conforming parts.

Utilising technology developed for the Revo measurement system, the new PH20 probe head offers ‘head touches’ for rapid touch-trigger measurement and fast infinite five-axis positioning to ensure optimal feature access.

Its compact design makes it suitable for new CMM purchases and as a retrofit to the majority of existing CMM touch-trigger installations.

Since early 2009, Renishaw has also offered cost-effective CMM retrofits for all budgets and applications, from touch-trigger probing and three-axis scanning through to the latest five-axis head systems including the PH20.

The service offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ upgrade solution incorporating Renishaw’s universal CMM controller, Modus metrology software, sensors and machine calibration.

Make Measurement Matter is scheduled to take place on 15 September at Warwick University, while Aero Engineering is due to be held at the NEC in Birmingham on 29-30 September.

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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