Measurement Renishaw’s new innovations in the metrology sector

Author / Editor: Ahlam Rais / Lina Klass

A world leader in precision engineering technologies, Renishaw, will be exhibiting its latest products and technologies at GrindTec 2018.

The SFP2 surface finish probe can be used with Renishaw's REVO 5-axis measurement system on CMMs.
The SFP2 surface finish probe can be used with Renishaw's REVO 5-axis measurement system on CMMs.
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Renishaw will present its latest developments at GrindTec 2018 – the international trade fair for grinding technology that will take place from March 14–17 in Augsburg, Germany.

The firm will present its extensive range of metrology and additive manufacturing systems at the show. Some of their latest products include a new member to the SPRINT family, the equator flexible gauge, a new surface finish probe and a new calibrator software:

SPRINT system with SupaScan

Renishaw’s new SPRINT system with SupaScan is the latest addition to the SPRINT product family for on-machine scanning. The new system is designed for simple integration into machine tool applications that require exceptionally fast workpiece set-up, and where overall cycle time is critical, bringing the benefits of scanning technology to the mass market. The system also provides the ability to perform advanced scanning functionality such as monitoring the final condition of a component surface.

SupaScan technology delivers workpiece set-up cycles which measure accurately even at rapid feedrates (G0), resulting in the fastest possible spindle probe-based solution for workpiece set-up. Testing on typical industrial components has seen cycle time reductions of over 70 % when compared to standard high-speed touch-trigger cycles.

Equator flexible gauge

Adding to the product line, the Renishaw Equator flexible gauge is now offered with IPC (intelligent process control) software, providing the functionality to fully automate tool offset updates in CNC manufacturing processes. Improved capability in precision part machining, reduced setting and process adjustment time, and integration with automation systems are some of the benefits that users can now expect.

The new IPC software allows constant monitoring and adjustment of a machining operation, keeping part dimensions close to nominal and well within process control limits. This means that any process drift is quickly corrected, improving part quality and manufacturing capability, along with reducing scrap. The proximity of the Equator gauge to the CNC process allows rapid measurement and process adjustment at the point of manufacture, avoiding time delays or relying on finished part (tailgate) inspection.