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The Renishaw Equator flexible gauge now has new features. With its TP20 touch trigger probe kit, Feature Compare and updated EZ-IO software, the company says that flexible gauging is now ultra-fast, simpler to setup and easier to automate. 

Equator provides flexibility for engineers to re-program for design changes and for shop-floor operators to switch between different parts in seconds, using repeatable removable fixture plates and easy-to-use Organiser software.

Its key benefits, says the company, are its combination of flexibility, fast scanning, low purchase price, and low cost of ownership (Equator requires no regular re-calibration).  Plus, the system also has the ability to compensate for the effects of challenging environmental conditions.

 

Key product enhancements

Short cycle times for all applications

  • The ultra-fast TP20 touch trigger probe can now be combined on Equator with the high speed scanning of the SP25 scanning probe.
  • TP20 can be used for fast capture of discrete point data, with the stiff lightweight structure of Equator allowing very short cycle times and high repeatability on simple touch point measurements. 
  • The system can also automatically switch to the SP25 scanning module using the integrated changing rack to provide any combination of measurement routines.  
  • Equator with TP20 is an ideal alternative for in-line gauging tasks which might have used custom hard gauging systems with single-point air gauges or LVDTs. 

Feature Compare

  • Master parts do not need to be expensive or custom made; users can simply take a production part and measure it. 
  • With Feature Compare the user can simply take the master part measurement data and enter the compensation values for each feature’s size, position or orientation. 
  • The Feature Compare interface has been designed for effortless data input.

EZ-IO automation software with Process Monitor

  • EZ-IO software makes it very easy for integrators setting up automated manufacturing cells to configure communications between Equator systems and the cell controller. 
  • This allows intelligent functions such as automatic re-mastering: using a robot or shuttle system to load the master part when Equator detects that the shop floor temperature has changed.
  • Process Monitor provides a chart showing the history of feature measurements, and an easy graphical view of proportion of tolerance for each feature.  

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.

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