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The Renishaw Equator flexible gauge is now offered with INTUO gauging software, combined with a range of industry standard Renishaw probes. INTUO simplifies and automates the gauging of a wide variety of parts, removing dependence on the skill of manual gauge users. 

Equator INTUO button interface

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. 

According to the company, INTUO with Equator is an ideal alternative to multiple manual devices such as vernier or digital callipers, micrometres and plug gauges.

INTUO, with minimal training, uses intelligent functions to help the engineer set up gauging of parts in a matter of minutes. Shop-floor operators then select and run those programs using the user-friendly Renishaw Organiser front-end software.

INTUO allows the programmer to create gauging routines using just a part with an engineering drawing. With the Feature Predict function activated, the programmer uses 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.

Key product features and benefits

  • Highly repeatable process control on the shop floor – creates simple gauging routines in minutes and eliminates user errors. 
  • Reducing gauging inconsistency reduces scrap, while ensuring parts that are out of tolerance are always identified.
  • Highly repeatable and runs fast automated routines, meaning significantly reduced labour costs.
  • Easy to input the actual values for features on the master part, which does not need to be a ‘perfect part’.
  • Programmers only need a training course lasting a few hours.
  • Equator has various reporting options, including simple pass/fail, a more detailed view in Process Monitor (a process monitoring window for the user interface), or automatic data capture for updating machine tool offsets. 

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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.

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