Measurement is Renishaw’s focus

Intelligent machining processes are critical to companies that want to exploit the full benefits of Industry 4.0, and throughout its main stand at EMO in Hanover last week, Renishaw demonstrated the integration of its latest measurement technologies within a manufacturing process.

Products highlighted included a new contact-scanning system for CNC machine tools, new software for the Equator flexible gauge which allows users to integrate the system with CNC machines, new on-machine and mobile apps that simplify the use of machine tool probing, an enhanced non-contact tool setter for machining centres, a new multi-probe optical interface system, a new surface finish probe for CMMs, and new software that enhances the functionality of Renishaw’s XM-60 multi-axis calibration system.
A new machining cell concept with integrated process control was also shown, demonstrating how complementary technologies can contribute to high levels of productivity and manufacturing capability.
The new on-machine scanning Sprint system with SupaScan is designed for simple integration into machine tool applications requiring fast workpiece set-up, and where overall cycle time is critical. Renishaw’s system also provides the ability to perform advanced scanning functionality, such as monitoring the final condition of a component surface. Testing on typical industrial components has seen cycle time reductions of over 70% when compared with standard high-speed touch-trigger cycles, says Renishaw.
Renishaw also demonstrated its developing range of smartphone apps for machine tool probes and tool setters. GoProbe (pictured) is an enabling technology embedded within the latest Renishaw macro-based software packages. Together with associated training materials and user reference tools, this technology is designed to simplify the use of the company’s machine tool probes and tool setters.
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