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Ballbar 20 (v5.09.04) is the current software shipped with all Renishaw’s QC20-W ballbar kits, allowing rapid machine-tool performance testing and analysis.

It is also compatible with QC10 ballbars (when used with suitable PC operating system software) so users can run a single software program even if they use both QC10 and QC20-W ballbars.

This latest version has been enhanced to give greater flexibility for testing and reporting.

Features include: revised manuals now with full German language support; compatibility with Windows XP (SP2 or higher), Windows Vista and Windows 7; extended 64-bit support.

Renishaw has a policy of regularly updating its software to fix possible bugs, add functionality, extend language support, reflect changes in standards and respond to changes in Microsoft operating systems.

To allow users to benefit from this flexibility, the software is now available as a ‘free-of-charge’ download from the Renishaw website; it can also be supplied on a CD.

Renishaw’s QC10 and QC20-W telescopic ballbars are a practical method for quickly checking machine-tool positioning performance.

The QC20-W retains the QC10’s principle of a simple CNC circular program, and analysis software.

Together, these can quickly diagnose and quantify machine-positioning errors including servo mismatch, stick-slip errors, backlash, repeatability, scale mismatch and machine geometry as well as giving an overall circularity error value.

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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.

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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