Hexagon Metrology Launches New Line of Brown & Sharpe CMMs

Hexagon Metrology today announced the launch of the Brown & Sharpe 4.5.4 SF, the latest generation of shop floor coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). Designed from the ground up to excel in harsh manufacturing environments, the SF series introduces a variety of advancements based on decades of experience with thousands of prior models in the field worldwide. With a focus on portability, the new CMM has a small footprint of 52.2” x 32.8" x 79.5” which fits through a standard door. Its computer, controller, and interface boxes are integrated into one self-contained unit with locking wheels, adding an unparalleled level of mobility throughout the shop floor. The 4.5.4 SF also uses standard 110/220 volt outlets with no need for shop air. Product availability is limited to North America, with other worldwide launches planned later in 2012.

The 4.5.4 SF incorporates evolutionary design improvements for measurement and inspection applications, such as advanced thermal isolation and temperature compensation elements to ensure accuracy in changing shop floor environments. The CMM’s unique design and standard elastomeric dampers isolate the measuring platform from most vibrations. Inverted high resolution Heidenhain scales, covered ways and internal cable management protect machine components from ambient dust and debris while minimizing friction. Hardened linear drives and recirculating bearings contribute to the CMM’s overall durability. For extreme environments, an optional active vibration dampening system is available.

The SF series comes standard with PC-DMIS, the world’s most popular metrology software. PC-DMIS STI+ (single touch interface) is controlled via a touch screen, expediting inspection program selection and launch. The software makes it easy for shop floor personnel to check parts without becoming CMM experts.  With a few steps, STI+ graphically guides users through part setup and measurement and then produces concise, meaningful reports for immediate action. STI+ makes the CMM an attractive alternative to functional gaging on the shop floor.

The SF series is poised to enter the market at a very attractive, entry level, price point with many options available. Eric Bennett, Product Manager from Hexagon Metrology stated, “The 4.5.4 SF is one of the biggest advances in CMMs, continuing the trend of pushing dimensional inspection from the quality lab to the shop floor so inspection becomes simply another operation in the manufacturing process. With features and performance required by large manufacturers, the product's price point makes the technology very accessible to small job shops."

For more information, visit: www.hexagonmetrology.us/products/products-by-brand/brown-and-sharpe

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