Mitutoyo America Corporation announces the addition of the Quick Vision Active series to the line-up of vision measurement systems. This CNC vision measuring system is an easy-to-operate, space-saving model with advanced functionality to meet many contact and noncontact measuring needs.

The Quick Vision Active is highly efficient and flexible, offering a wide field of view with interchangeable objective zoom lenses to meet the challenges of measuring small to large features. The 8-step zoom lens can achieve a magnification range of 0.5X to 7X while maintaining crisp image quality. The 1X optional objective achieves a magnification range of 0.5X to 3.5X with a working distance of 74 mm. The 2X option can achieve a magnification range of 1X to 7X.

Quick Vision Active is available with measuring ranges of 10 x 8 x 6 inches (250 x 200 x 150 mm) or 16 x 16 x 8 inches (400 x 400 x 200 mm), with or without the touch-probe measuring option. QVPAK software uses edge detection and pattern recognition to locate and orientate the coordinate system with minimal operator input, ensuring accuracy and repeatability of the measurement results.

Other features include:

  • Programmable LED stage, coaxial light and 4-quandrant LED ring light
  • High-speed autofocus
  • High-resolution and high-speed color USB camera
  • High-quality zoom optics with Mitutoyo-manufactured interchangeable lenses
  • Powerful QVPAK 3D vision software
  • Touch-probe retrofittable

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For many production managers, measuring parts directly on the production floor means fewer alignments and manipulations, which is one of the keys to more efficient production processes. However, quality control teams may be more reluctant to inspect on the shop floor and prefer to redirect measured parts to the lab, where the control will be performed on the CMM. This article is intended to demystify why, when, and how inspections can be performed efficiently on the production floor.


1. To unload the CMM
Because CMMs are very accurate metrology instruments, they are very popular for inspection and quality control. Therefore, they are extremely loaded. Among the tactics employed to unload the CMM is prioritizing inspection directly on the production floor, especially if the measured parts are large and cannot be moved easily.

2. To enable measurements at intermediate steps
Waiting until the end of the production to inspect the manufactured parts may be risky and hazardous. It is usually not easy to locate where specific issues occur, especially if the manufacturing process comprises many steps. Thus, deciding to wait may save time in the short term, but can quickly become a headache later on. Action today can prevent a crisis tomorrow. Measurements at intermediate steps, therefore, are paramount to better quality control. In addition, they must be performed on the production floor to minimize manipulations of parts, especially when they are large and heavy.

3. To enhance the quality of the products
Because more measurements can be done on the production floor than on the CMM, more parts can be inspected. The inspection frequency can also be increased due to the availability of measuring tools. All this has a major impact on the quality of the products.


Whenever you want! Inspection on the production floor gives production teams more autonomy, better capabilities, and greater independence. They no longer need to rely on the CMMs, which are already extremely loaded, nor do they have to wait for a quality control department, which can be very busy. They can use another metrology tool, one with a level of accuracy that is not overkill for the tolerances typically required in the industry. With the possibility of measuring parts whenever they want, at any intermediate step, production teams can perform better quality controls.


Inspection on the production floor requires a tool suitable to take measurements in an industrial environment. The metrology tool must be portable, compact, and easy to use.

Some metrology tools are more sensitive to environment instabilities than others. In those particular cases, it is important to track any vibrations that could impact the measurement system and to minimize the induced error. Another solution is to use an optical technology. In addition to being portable and suitable for industrial conditions, optical metrology provides measurement accuracy that is insensitive to the instabilities of the environment.

Remember, if the measured part moves, vibrates, or oscillates during the measurement, then the inspection and quality testing are not valid.This enhances the importance of having a rigid measurement setup or a reference system that is locked to the part itself. Dynamic referencing gives this flexibility by optically tracking the measured part and the measuring tool at the same time.

Inspection on the production floor, therefore, requires fewer manipulations, which means less error accumulation and less pressure on quality control operators. It also reduces the amount of back and forth in the lab, which means fewer bottlenecks at the CMM. All tooling remains available for production, which minimizes delays and accelerates customer approval. For all of these reasons, inspection done directly on the production floor leads to more efficient production processes, saving time and money.

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Creaform announced the release of its new portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM), the HandyPROBE Next. This next-generation, optical-based contact inspection solution addresses the increasing demands of rigorous quality control directly on manufacturers’ production lines.

The HandyPROBE Next features productivity and efficiency enhancements in a more shop-floor-ready design for unprecedentedly accurate part inspections—wherever they need to be performed. The CMM is perfect for quality control experts who rely on portable tools to validate the dimensional conformity of production tools, jigs, assemblies, sub-assemblies and final products on the shop floor.

Features Include:

  • 2X more accurate measurements: Volumetric accuracy of 0.064 mm (0.0025 in.)—ASME B89.4.22 compliant
  • Instant measurement: HandyPROBE Next’s wireless probe enables the instant capture of coordinates
  • Greater, extendable measurement volume: Can be easily and dynamically extended
  • New ergonomic, sturdy design for shop-floor hardware reliability
  • Available in Standard and Elite versions

“Manufacturers are under increasing pressure to integrate more rigorous quality control operations into their production processes, while still maintaining the same efficiency. Aligned with today’s requirements for the efficient production of top-quality products, the HandyPROBE Next delivers versatility, shop-floor accuracy and portability, unlike articulated arms or fixed CMMs. The solution comprehensively addresses quality issues that, if left unattended, can lead to unwanted production and part approval delays, fabrication shortcomings and unexpected costs,” explains Daniel Brown, Senior Product Manager at Creaform.

As part of Creaform’s comprehensive quality control solution, shop-floor operators can add 3D scanning capabilities to their inspection sequence with the MetraSCAN 3D portable CMM scanner. The solution is also fully compatible with VXinspect, Creaform’s dimensional inspection software.

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Pressure to increase production and minimize waste for increasingly complex parts is driving manufacturers to look for quality control processes that are faster and more accurate. To help companies meet tolerances and achieve repeatability, Advanced Industrial Measurement Systems (AIMS), an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of coordinate measuring machines, has introduced the Revolution Series HB Shop Floor CMM.

“Speed is critical for manufacturers today,” says Gary Rockwell, director of marketing and product development for AIMS. “Parts are becoming more complex with tighter tolerances and customer lead times are shrinking. Part inspections can sometimes take two to three days using conventional methods. The Revolution HB is able to cut inspection time from days to minutes for many applications such as aerospace components. Best of all, manufacturers gain speed without sacrificing accuracy.”

Constructed with a polymer-cast base and a roll-around stand with casters that can be locked in place, the Revolution HB is easy to move. The machine runs on standard 110 volt power, so the need for shop air is eliminated. Built-in vibration resistance, mechanical bearings and thermal stability give the Revolution HB the durability it needs to withstand the rigors of shop floor use. The CMM features a Renishaw PH20 probe head which provides superior accuracy and repeatability and performs three times faster than conventional probe heads.

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Perceptron, Inc. has launched a full range of 5-axis CMMs complete with the revolutionary Renishaw® REVO-2 scanning probe and a fully-integrated UCC CMM controller and MODUS® metrology software.

Elliott Mills, Perceptron’s CMM Product Sales Director says, “By combining the metrology stability of the COORD3 Universal CMM with the latest Renishaw REVO-2 5-axis measuring system, CMM dynamic error is minimized for high-speed probe motion since all part feature scanning motion is within the REVO-2 head. The REVO-2 is the only scanning system for CMMs that simultaneously controls the motion of three CMM and two probe head axes, while collecting workpiece data using its range of 3D tactile probes, surface roughness measurement probe and non-contact vision probe. It uses laser measurement for precise workpiece measurement at extremely high rates of data capture. Scanning rates of 500mm/sec can now be achieved that are 20 times faster than traditional 3-axis scanning CMMs.

The Universal CMMs utilize a high-technology alloy moving frame design that provides the benchmark for dynamics and measuring accuracy performance. This design overcomes the issues associated with operating traditional build CMM structures, in the typical, less than perfect, CMM operating environments. A CMM thermal compensation system of both machine and part, allows the measuring system to automatically and dynamically compensate for changes in the CMM operating environment. This system allows the CMM to perform with stated measuring accuracy between 16 and 26-degrees C. Gold-plated 0.1µm measuring scales are free-floating in support tracks, eliminating any CMM structural changes from influencing its measuring accuracy.

Universal CMMs have a very efficient design in terms of machine simplicity which improves long-term reliability and ultimately cost of CMM ownership. The COORD3 Universal CMMs have an isostatic design for each axis that provides optimum machine geometrical alignment in the construction of the machine, which ultimately benefits the ability to make accurate field calibrations. Universal has a monolithic base-plate, with integral inverted dovetail guide-way, and a generous 90mm (3.5 in.) x 90 mm (3.5 in.) Z Ram section providing outstanding metrological performances. Direct axis drives, using toothed drive belts, provide the vibration-free motion with zero hysteresis.

Universal CMMs can also be equipped with an optional SZP (Safety Zone Protection System) which uses laser scanners to monitor the defined protection zone when the CMM is in high speed automatic measuring mode. SZP reduces the CMM speed upon infringement of the safety zone by an operator and automatically returns the CMM to its full measuring speed, only after the zone infringement has been cleared. The SZP system allows safe use of the CMM in a production, shop-floor and fully-automated applications.

The COORD3 Universal CMM range accommodates part sizes up to 3000mm x 1500mm x 1200mm. COORD3 has already supplied 5-axis CMM’s to several North American aerospace manufacturing companies.

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Perceptron Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCP), a leader in non-contact 3D machine vision solutions for industrial measurement, inspection, and robot guidance applications, announced that it has reached agreement to acquire two European metrology companies.

  • Coord3 Industries s.r.l, a leading mid-market designer and builder of a full range of high-quality and high-performance Coordinate Measurement Machines (CMMs), based in Turin, Italy.

  • Next Metrology Software s.r.o., a technical leader in CMM operating software and the developer of TouchDMIS™, based in Prague, Czech Republic.

The total value of the transactions will be approximately $15.9 million, in a combination of cash and assumed debt. The combined companies have approximately $15 million in annual revenue. Management expects the transactions will be accretive by the end of fiscal 2016.

Jeffrey M. Armstrong, chief executive officer of Perceptron, said, "The acquisitions of Coord3 and Next Metrology illustrate the progress we are making to implement our strategic plan. These transactions expand and diversify our offerings in the industrial metrology market, and particularly in the scanning CMM market, which is estimated to be growing at a 15 percent Annual rate. According to Frost & Sullivan, global CMM sales are estimated to exceed $1.8 billion in 2015, with automotive CMM sales at approximately $625 million and aerospace CMM sales at approximately $350 million. By offering a compelling solution in this marketplace, we believe we can help expand the overall market while increasing our share of the total."

Armstrong continued, "Coord3 is a leading, innovative supplier of a full range of CMMs with a growing global customer base. Notably, it is one of only two companies in the world able to design and manufacture gantry-style CMMs used to measure very large equipment such as aircraft wings, complete car bodies and railcar frames. By combining the full range of Coord3's CMMs with Perceptron's laser scanners and Next Metrology easy-to-use TouchDMIS™ CMM operating software, Perceptron moves into a market leadership position, able to offer price-competitive, fully integrated CMM solutions worldwide."

Armstrong added, "Our resources will significantly expand the geographic reach of Coord3, as well as providing direct access for their CMMs to our extensive automotive customer base, a market where Coord3 currently does not have significant sales. Importantly, being able to sell CMMs in the automotive sector expands our addressable market to approximately 70 percent of the total that the automotive industry spends on metrology solutions. The industry-leading solutions of Perceptron's current In-Line Measurement business addresses only about 10 percent of the automotive metrology market."

Angelo Muscarella, the president of Coord3 Industries, will continue as managing director of Perceptron's CMM business, which will be operated under the Coord3 name through wholly owned subsidiaries of Perceptron. Muscarella also will serve as Perceptron's country manager for Italy.

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Hexagon Metrology announced the next generation of the ROMER Absolute Arm. The portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) provides non-contact laser scanning capabilities for CAD-to-part inspections and reverse engineering applications. It provides immediate feedback of critical features after design iterations for quality control or rapid prototyping. The enhanced portable measuring arm features optimized ergonomics, a new wrist design, and greater stability to create a better user experience while further reducing operator fatigue. Hexagon Metrology’s ROMER Absolute Arm is available immediately worldwide.

The 6-axis portable measuring arm introduces a new wrist designed around the complex contours of the human hand. The new wrist on the 7-axis Absolute Arm has a more natural feel with rotation centered around the system’s probe. Both systems feature a lockable, Zero-G counterbalance which improves arm movement, protects it from hard falls, and enables single-handed operation. In addition to upgraded ergonomic features, the 6-axis wrist includes a built-in work light and digital camera. Haptic feedback vibrates the wrist and warns the user of possible harmful conditions, making it ideal for noisy shop-floor environments. The arm also features a redesigned tube inspection configuration for quick inspections and reverse engineering of bend paths. The 7-axis arm is designed to accept an integrated or external, high performance laser scanner at any time. It may also be purchased without the scanner and used as a hard probing system. Both arms do not require recalibration after a probe or scanner change.

“With this next generation of the ROMER Absolute Arm, we have created a versatile and mobile non-contact measurement tool for 3D printing and design engineering applications,” said Burt Mason, product manager for Hexagon Metrology, Inc. “The arm’s optimized ergonomics, thermally stable construction, reliable encoders and plug-and-play probes deliver a new level of performance for this rapidly growing market.”

All ROMER measuring arms are available with PC-DMIS Touch Portable, a revolutionary measurement software that utilizes high-resolution Multi-Touch display technology on a tablet PC. The PC-DMIS Touch interface is particularly well suited to ROMER portable arm users and further complements their experience.

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Mitutoyo America Corporation is pleased to announce the new STRATO-Apex574 Coordinate Measuring Machine to its STRATO-Apex line of CMMs. This new configuration offers a more compact footprint while still offering the same state-of-the-art blend of high-speed operation and highly accurate measurement. The STRATO-Apex574 is a compact bridge-type design featuring accuracy as low as 0.7µm. It utilizes a 0.05µm resolution scale and temperature range of 18 to 22 C° (64.4 to 71.6 F°). This CMM is ideal for manufacturers who produce high precision small parts for industries such a medical, precision mold, and aerospace that require a smaller footprint for CMM inspection.

The STRATO-Apex line offers high speed and accuracy in measurement that is ensured by a specially designed machine body that has improved rigidity of the structure, a precision guide mechanism, ultra-high precision crystallized glass scales with near-zero thermal expansion and the incorporation of newly developed compensation technology. A standard vibration-dampening unit is included as a standard accessory to round out this CMMs advanced capabilities. The STRATO-Apex line features dual joysticks, air balanced Z-axis ram, precision air bearings on all axes, a USB, fully digital DC 32 bit Mitutoyo CNC CMM Digital Signal Processor controller with a PH10MQ quill mounted probe head featuring internal wiring. A wide range of inspections solutions including scanning probe, non-contact laser scanning, video, and surface roughness inspection can be added to ensure versatility that will satisfy almost any inspection need.

Mitutoyo Corporation is the world's largest provider of measurement and inspection solutions offering the most complete selection of machines, sensors, systems and services with a line encompassing CMMs (Coordinate Measuring Machines), vision, form and finish measuring machines as well as precision tools and instruments, and metrology data management software.

Mitutoyo's nationwide network of Metrology Centers and support operations provides application, calibration, service, repair and educational programs to ensure that our 6,000+ metrology products will deliver measurement solutions for our customers throughout their lifetime.

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Hexagon Metrology announced the launch of the 7.10.7 SF, a new generation of shop floor coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) specially designed to excel in harsh industrial environments. The new product line introduces significant advancements based on decades of experience, the implementation of thousands of shop floor machines, and the support of those CMMs in the field worldwide. The 7.10.7 SF offers distinctive usability enhancements aimed at making the CMM more convenient and productive for manufacturing operations. The 7.10.7SF is available immediately worldwide.

The 7.10.7 SF’s computer, controller, and interface boxes are housed in one self-contained unit for easy transport on the shop floor.  The CMM has a measuring stroke of 710mm x 1010mm x 680mm, and uses standard 110/220 volt single phase outlets with no need for shop air. A major new feature is the integrated and flexible part fixture system enabling customers to locate up to four 300mm x 300mm fixture plates or one 500mm fixture plate on the table. Using a unique kinematic locating system, the fixture plates can be quickly loaded and unloaded, allowing users to swap individual parts or part types in a matter of seconds.

“The 7.10.7 SF is our new generation offering in the SF series, and a natural progression from the original 4.5.4 SF design and its quantum leap in CMM usability,” said Eric Bennett, product manager of bridge CMMs from Hexagon Metrology. “The 7.10.7 SF continues the trend of pushing dimensional inspection from the quality lab to the shop floor so inspection becomes simply another operation in the manufacturing process. Our attention to detail and focus on usability has resulted in a CMM with great value and exclusive benefits for our customers."

Other user experience improvements include fully integrated workspace lighting and message lighting. The workspace lighting feature fully illuminates the measurement volume addressing the concern that a poorly lit measurement volume is a major impediment to productivity. Message lighting on the CMM’s Z-axis cover displays the status of inspection operations on the shop floor, and eliminates the need to “baby sit” the CMM. Status lights visually indicate when the inspection process is complete, whether a part passed or failed, or if an unexpected problem occurred during the operation.

PC-DMIS Touch, an optional software feature on the SF series, features an intuitive touch screen interface that expedites measurement tasks and creates, selects and launches inspection programs. Shop floor personnel do not require CMM expertise to inspect parts using PC-DMIS, the world’s most popular metrology software. With a few selections on the touch screen, PC-DMIS Touch graphically guides users through part setup and measurement, and then produces concise, meaningful reports for immediate action. The 7.10.7 SF and PC-DMIS Touch create an attractive alternative to functional gaging on the shop floor.

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With the new Optiv Performance 443, Hexagon Metrology offers a complete multi-sensor package in the mid-price range: the tactile LSP-X1 High-Speed Scanning Sensor, touch-trigger probes, a variety of optical sensors and the optional Dual Z-Design.

The new Optiv Performance 443 provides users with a precision system for an affordable price. The device is capable of both contact-less and tactile measurement procedures. The comprehensive options package includes tactile scanning, touch-trigger probes, vision sensors, chromatic white light and through-the-lens lasers. As the only machine of its class, the Optiv Performance 443 can be provided with the exclusive Dual Z-Design from Hexagon Metrology.

The Dual Z-Design involves two vertical Z-axes which can be moved independently of one another. One axis is intended for optical sensors, and the other holds tactile sensors. While the tactile sensor is taking measurements, the axis with the optical sensors is located outside the measuring range. As a result, there is plenty of space for any type of sensor to be used with the measuring machine. The Optiv Performance 443 Dual Z can thus, for example, be combined with the TESASTAR-m (motorised indexable head for probes) and the LSP-X1 High-Speed Scanning Sensor. Any feature can be effortlessly achieved with this Leitz-branded sensor, which is also part of Hexagon Metrology. Shapes and contours can be measured quickly and very precisely.

With conventional multi-sensor systems, optical and tactile sensors are attached to a single axis. This limits the amount of space available. For example, the use of tactile probes on motorised indexable heads is not possible with conventional multi-sensor measuring machines.

The software used with the Optiv Performance 443 is PC-DMIS Vision, the origins of which reach back to tactile measurement technology. PC-DMIS Vision contains all the functions required for tactile and optical measurement. The software supports tactile single-point measurements, tactile scanning and camera measurement, to name a few examples.

The new Optiv Performance 443 is ideal for both the measuring room and use on the shop-floor. It is now available at all Hexagon Metrology commercial operations in the EMEA region.

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Following the widespread success of the Equator™ 300 gauging system launched in 2011, supported by a turnkey installation service and global support network, Renishaw has expanded the range with the new Equator 300 Extended Height system. Developed in response to customer needs, it provides users with extra fixturing space below the measuring volume.

This new variant allows components to be transferred onto the machine on their machining fixtures and also allows the use of automated systems such as robots and conveyors. The system can inspect features on parts up to 300 mm tall, with rapid changeover to smaller parts using an extended fixture plate spacer.

Since its launch Equator systems have been installed in multiple automotive, aerospace, medical and electronic companies across the world. Users have been attracted by the reduced purchase, maintenance and fixture costs compared to traditional gauges, plus the ability to gauge multiple parts and to re-program for design changes. Equator 300 Extended Height systems have already been supplied to customers looking for the flexibility allowed by an extra 150 mm height below the measuring volume.

In seconds, users can load parts that are still attached to the fixtures used during machining operations. The Equator fixture plate can be easily exchanged for other plates, each mounted to the Equator base using highly repeatable three-point kinematic seats. The plates can also be exchanged for fixture plate spacers, allowing smaller parts on their own fixture plates to be gauged in the same measuring volume.

Turnkey installations

Since the launch of the Equator gauging system in 2011, many customers have also taken advantage of the turnkey programming service offered by Renishaw and its partners. Using Renishaw's comprehensive MODUS™ software, experienced engineers work closely with a customer to generate programs that allow a wide range of parts to be gauged on a single Equator system.

A customer's shop-floor staff then simply select and run programs using the intuitive Modus™ Organiser operator front-end software, requiring little or no training. The Organiser software can report gauging results with a simple ‘pass' or ‘fail' message, while also allowing a full inspection report to be viewed.

Global support

Reflecting the international nature of many modern manufacturing organisations, Equator customers have been able to take advantage of Renishaw's extensive network of Equator support engineers. Projects initiated in one country or region can be easily transferred and locally supported in multiple locations. Renishaw now has approaching 70 regional support offices and multiple approved partners, covering every industrialised area of the world.

Equator principle of operation

Equator is a radical alternative to traditional dedicated gauging, filling a gap in the market never before addressed. The patented low-cost design, unique in construction and method of operation, is capable of high-speed comparative gauging for inspection of high-volume manufactured parts. Equator is a lightweight, fast and highly repeatable gauge that operators can use with ‘push-button' simplicity. Equator can switch between parts in seconds, perfect for flexible manufacturing processes or accepting parts from multiple machines.

Thermal stability

Equator's innovative and highly repeatable gauging technology is based on the traditional comparison of production parts to a reference master part. Re-mastering is as swift as measuring a production part and immediately compensates for any change in the thermal conditions of a shop-floor environment. Equator can be used in factories with wide temperature variation – simply re-master and the system is ‘re-zeroed', ready for repeatable comparison to the master.

Traceability to calibrated CMMs

Master parts do not need to be expensive custom parts like those used on a traditional gauge; users simply take a production part and measure it on a co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) to establish the variation from CAD or drawing nominals. The results from CMMs can be configured to be used directly within the Equator software.

Effectively, the calibrated absolute accuracy of the CMM (often located in remote temperature controlled rooms to ensure accuracy) can be ‘extended' onto the shop floor to provide calibrated traceability to Equator measurements. With the calibration file loaded into the Equator software, measurements made in the Equator system can be referred back to the CAD or drawing nominals.

Low-cost fixturing

Compared to dedicated gauging, Equator cuts fixture costs considerably. By using fixturing that positions parts to within 1 mm of where the master was measured, there is no significant effect on system repeatability and the need for expensive precision fixtures is removed.

Integrated stylus changing

Further versatility is offered by the Equator-specific stylus changing rack, included in the purchase price of an Equator system, which allows automated in-cycle changing of SH25 stylus holders. The SH25 holders couple to the industry-standard Renishaw SP25 probe, allowing Equator users to swap the stylus configurations without re-qualifying each time. Up to six stylus combinations can be loaded into the rack at any time and they can be used on a single complex part or with multiple parts of varying geometries.

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New to the market from HEIDENHAIN are two Touch Probes featuring hybrid technology, both offering radio and infrared signal transmissions.  Known as the TS 460 for workpiece measurement and the TT 460 for tool measurement, these touch probes are highly functional, reliable and easy to use.

The dual signal transmission of these new touch probes enables the user to select either mode, combining the advantages of radio when extended range and large amounts of data are required, or the benefits offered by infrared signals when the highest accuracies and fast signal transmission are needed.  This way, one version of a touch probe can be operated on any machine size (from small and enclosed to large and open).  Difficult applications, such as plunging into a cylinder and 5-axis articulating spindle heads, are also simple to maneuver giving a user greater application flexibility and machine versatility.

The radio transmission uses the 2.4 GHz frequency band, which does not require a license, and has 16 channels.  The range is usually 15 m, but much larger ranges are possible under ideal circumstances.  The infrared transmission has a range of 7 m. The carrier frequency method makes this transmission very reliable, and the high frequency ensures a short delay time.  No matter which signal transmission chosen, users need only one SE 660 transmitter-receiver unit.  And these, as well as all HEIDENHAIN touch probes, have 360 degree range of transmission.

On both the TT 460 and TS 460, the optical sensor is free of wear, and so provides the specified probing reproducibility even after a large number of probing processes (5 million switching cycles during type testing).  And the compact design makes it possible to use these touch probes even where installation space is limited.  The smaller contours of the TS permit much freedom when tilting into position.  The TS workpiece touch probes also have blower jets for cleaning the workpiece, either with coolant or compressed air.

Both touch probes have an optional adapter to protect against collision and thermal decoupling.  In these instances, the adapter is placed between the touch probe and taper shank.

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Global CMM manufacturer, COORD3 Metrology, opened a new North American Sales and Service Center in Wixom, Michigan. Elliott Mills, COORD3 Metrology’s North American general manager says, “COORD3 is aggressively expanding its global reach and introducing new CMM products. North America is an important market for COORD3.”

Mills says, “COORD3 has an installed base of over 3000 CMMs, of which many are in the United States and Mexico. From our new CMM sales and service facility that includes an ISO17025 certified CMM rebuild and remanufacturing center, COORD3 anticipates significant growth in CMM sales heading into 2013.”

Mills explains, “Coord3 Metrology has a wide range of CMM solutions that include, bridge-style, horizontal arm and gantry designs. We offer everything from an entry-level bridge-type CMMs, to sophisticated large gantry CMM designs that are ideal for aerospace and wind energy applications. Our CMM mechanical designs are a benchmark for best-in-class dynamics and metrology performance, as evidenced by the fact that other leading CMM manufacturers incorporate COORD3 structures into their own range of CMM products.”

“Coord3 Metrology has a very flexible philosophy towards the application of CMM software on our machines,” Mills adds. “Today, many manufacturers offer a single specific CMM software solution. COORD3 is very familiar with all of the popular 3rd party metrology software providers and can supply customers with any of these independent metrology softwares. We also recommend what we feel is the best software for a specific part application and skill-set for the user.”

Mills concludes, “We have recently partnered with several companies here in the USA by supplying our CMM structures for integration with their sensor and software technology. One of those companies is PECO in Tipp City, Ohio. PECO is expanding their gear inspection machine range of products with the addition of bridge and gantry vertical gear inspection CMMs, offering both gear and prismatic inspection solutions. This new range of PECO hybrid gear inspection machines was recently showcased at the 2012 IMTS Show in Chicago.  At the same time, COORD3 Metrology is also expanding its network of distribution partners for the USA and Canada.”

Coord3 Industries, based in Torino Italy, is an ISO 9001:2000 certified CMM manufacturer with subsidiary operations in the USA, China and India.

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Renishaw’s new SFP1 probe option for the REVO® five-axis measurement system is the first to allow surface finish inspection to be fully integrated within coordinate measurement routines.

With a measurement capability of 6.3 to 0.05 Ra, the SFP1 surface finish probe makes the CMM a “single platform” metrology system. It eliminates the need for hand-held surface measurement devices or transporting parts to a dedicated surface measuring machine, reducing labor costs and inspection lead times. The system allows automated switching between dimensional measurement and surface finish measurement, with the analysis contained in a single report.

The SFP1 probe is a fully integrated option for the REVO 5-axis measurement system, supplied with two dedicated styli, straight and cranked, which are selected via the measurement program control using the system’s modular rack system (MRS). The probe incorporates a C axis that, combined with the infinite positioning of the REVO head and choice of stylus holders, allows the probe tip to be automatically oriented to any angle to suit the part, ensuring that the highest quality surface data is acquired. This enables flexible access to component features, combined with the consistency of fully automated CNC control. Using the straight stylus, the SFP1 can perform a measurement trace within a 10 mm diameter bore to a depth of 100 mm.

A skidded probe with a 2 µm (0.000079 in) radius diamond stylus tip, the SFP1 probe outputs Ra, RMS and raw data formats to the metrology application software via Renishaw’s UCCServer software, using the I++ DME protocol. The raw data can subsequently be presented to specialized surface analysis software for more detailed reporting.

Calibration of the probe is also automated under the CMM program. A surface finish calibration artifact (SFA) is mounted on the MRS rack and is measured using the SFP1 probe. Software then adjusts parameters within the probe in accordance with the artifact’s calibrated value.

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With the ROMER Absolute Arm, Hexagon Metrology has entered the round of the last ten contestants for the 2012 PRODEX award. This is the most important Swiss prize for production products and is awarded for the third time by Vogel Business Media AG in partnership with Exhibit & More AG.

The enhanced ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner is now more rapid compared to previous versions, offering an acquisition speed of up to 50,000 points per second. This means that the user can move the scanner significantly faster across the object to be measured compared to previously, while maintaining high data quality that is typical for ROMER. This also applies when the surfaces are difficult to scan, for example with high gloss carbon fibre. This means that users can now scan up to 66% more surface area in the same amount of time as with previous models of the ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner. Now there is also an option for wireless scanning: with the help of the wireless scanning pack all arms with integrated scanner can be operated via WiFi. In addition, the battery system has a facility for replacing the battery while the machine is running, thus facilitating uninterrupted wireless operation anywhere.

PRODEX 2012 will be held from November 20-23, 2012 at the Basel Exhibition Centre. Hexagon Metrology presents the ROMER Absolute Arm at stand H01 in hall 1.1. The PRODEX award will be announced during the exhibitor evening event on November 22, 2012. In addition to the ROMER Absolute Arm from the ultra high-precision measuring machine series, Hexagon Metrology will exhibit the new Leitz Reference Xe and the Leitz Infinity as well as the Optiv Classic 321 GL tp multisensor measuring machine. From the portable metrology range, the company will be exhibiting the two Leica Absolute Trackers AT401 and AT901.

Hexagon Metrology offers a comprehensive range of products and services for all industrial metrology applications in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, energy and medical. We support our customers with actionable measurement information along the complete life cycle of a product – from development and design to production, assembly and final inspection. With more than 20 production facilities and 70 Precision Centers for service and demonstrations, and a network of over 100 distribution partners on five continents, we empower our customers to fully control their manufacturing processes, enhancing the quality of products and increasing efficiency in manufacturing plants around the world.

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A new module has been made available for the latest version of Delcam’s PowerINSPECT inspection software that allows the software to create efficient inspection sequences for use on dual-column CNC coordinate-measuring machines. This development continues the drive to make PowerINSPECT the preferred inspection software for all types of metrology equipment.

The combination of a dual-column CMM and PowerINSPECT enables inspection times to be reduced by allowing the simultaneous measurement of different features on larger parts. A common application is automotive body-in-white inspection, where the evaluation of a large, complex and relatively symmetrical assembly requires both intricate measurements on each side combined with an assessment of the structure as a whole. Using this new module gives the ability to measure parts on these devices in a single coordinate system without repositioning.

In general, the dual-column mode works in a similar manner to the single-column CNC version of PowerINSPECT: models are loaded in the same way; inspection items are created using the same methods and so on. An additional programming operation is needed to distribute the various items to be inspected between the two columns.

Additions to the offline-programming and program-running capabilities provide easy tools for moving inspection items between the two columns to balance the inspection time needed for each one. The user can switch columns in much the same way that they switch probes or tools.

To ensure safe operation of the CMM, the collision predictor within PowerINSPECT checks for possible collisions between columns by calculating their moves as the inspection proceeds and comparing their future positions in space and time. If any overlap is detected, the inspection is stopped and a warning displayed. This is the only reliable way to prevent collisions between columns because of factors like speed differences between the way they are programmed and the way the machines actually move.

Of course, the dual-column version of PowerINSPECT offers the same comprehensive range of inspection routines for taking simple measurements, for inspection of geometric features and for analysing complex 3D surfaces. Similarly, the resulting reports present detailed information in an easy-to-read format, that can be understood by all engineers not just inspection specialists.

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Mitutoyo America Corporation announces availability of the new MACH®-3A CNC Coordinate Measuring Machine - a CMM that brings levels accuracy and performance expected from Mitutoyo to in-line applications. Instead of the basic GO/NO GO judgments common to in-line gaging, the MACH®-3A CNC provides comprehensive measurements to enable statistical control utilizing numeric data. The MACH®-3A is a clean slate design embodying numerous features dedicated to functionality and high-performance for in-line applications.
The Mitutoyo MACH®-3A CMM is a horizontal-arm type machine with high speed and high acceleration (max. speed of 1,212mm/s, max. acceleration of 11,882mm/s2 - both in vector direction) that contributes to high throughput for greater productivity and lower total owning and operating costs.
The MACH®-3A is compact, requiring only a minimal envelope which minimizes its impact on line layouts. This, plus high-environmental resistance, make the MACH®-3A easy to integrate into both upstream and downstream processes - even under demanding production floor conditions.
Conventional CMMs typically require dust-controlled environments to maintain accuracy. But with a drive unit protected by covers, precision linear guide systems for each axis instead of air bearings, and with its controller and PC installed in a dust-proof housing, the Mitutoyo MACH®-3A is highly-resistant to the effects of dust, mist and humidity. Additionally the MACH®-3A tolerates a wide range of operating temperatures - guaranteed to maintain accuracy between 5° and 40°C. Additional production-oriented features include a machine status indicator (signaling machine fault or abnormal measurement), an ergonomically-positioned touch-panel monitor with built-in compact keyboard, plus a built-in, industrial-grade controller and PC. It all means the MACH®-3A CMM offers the functionality, durability and stability required for 24/7 in-line operation.
The MACH®-3A CMM comes with standard with MCOSMOS® (Mitutoyo Controlled Open System for Modular Operation Support) which supports virtually every CAD format while providing routines for in-line measurement, data feedback, and process management. MACH®-3A architecture together with available Mitutoyo software packages make it easy to integrate this machine with high-level network environments for true enterprise-wide functionality.

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Mitutoyo America Corporation announces availability of the innovative, new Ko-ga-me® measurement head - designed to bring full capability to applications where a compact, high-performance, 3D CNC, 2- or 3-axis measurement system would be ideal.

The Mitutoyo Ko-ga-me® is small-sized, requiring only a minimal envelope (17.3" [440mm] x 16.1" [410mm] x 4.7' [120mm]) and weighing 17.6 lbs. (8kg). This makes Ko-ga-me® agile and easy for a customer to mount - using either an available fixed base (wherein the workpiece moves during measurement) or using a moving-axis mounting system of the customer's own design.
Mitutoyo Ko-ga-me® measuring systems are available for horizontal or vertical installation and can be used in stand-alone applications or integrated into work cells. Ko-ga-me® is ideal for inspection of large or small workpieces and offers a wide range of available measurement probes including touch-trigger, optical or constant contact probing.
The Mitutoyo Ko-ga-me® is available in 40mm, 80mm, and 120mm stroke models and offers a resolution of 0.02µm, a measuring accuracy from 1.5 x (3L/1000)µm, a maximum drive speed of 200mm/s (1 axis) and has a maximum acceleration of 0.4G (1 axis).  In addition the unit supports probes including: TP200+PH6, SP25+PH6M and QVP (QuickVision® Probe).
Mitutoyo Corporation is the world's largest provider of measurement and inspection solutions offering the most complete selection of machines, sensors, systems and services with a line encompassing CMMs (Coordinate Measuring Machines), vision, form and finish measuring machines as well as precision tools and instruments, and metrology data management software.

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Verisurf Software, Inc. and select resellers worldwide introduced the 3DGage™ at IMTS 2012. “The new 3DGage™ enables manufacturers to quickly implement lean model based inspection right on the shop floor that yield real improvements in production and quality while reducing costs.” says Ron Branch, Product Manager. “With these impressive benefits it’s easy to see why 3D model based measurement systems are revolutionizing manufacturing around the world.”

Powerful Model Based Inspection

The portability and affordability of portable CMM’s combined with 3D model based software is changing design and manufacturing from manual 2D inspection and reverse engineering to highly automated 3D methods that accelerate the process . With the new 3DGage™, customers can customize a system to their needs by choosing from four software configurations, four portable CMM configurations and a variety of probe options.

Rapid Three-Step Inspection

  • Align: Align manufactured part to 3D CAD model by probing part to corresponding alignment targets on 3D CAD model.
  • Inspect: Inspect manufactured part in real time by manually probing or by following automated inspection plans.
  • Report: Report inspection results are automatically generated in HTML and Excel formats.

Complete Reverse Engineering Solution

The 3DGage™ Portable CMM powered by Verisurf X Reverse Engineering software is a complete solution, automating the creation of 3D CAD models from existing parts. Easy to use measuring modes such as; Probe Measuring and Probe Scanning combined with powerful Point Cloud & Mesh Editing, Surface Modeling and Optional Solid Modeling make quick work out of the most complex jobs.

Expanding Design & Manufacturing Education

To meet the demand for skilled manufacturing talent the 3DGage™ extends CAD/CAM education to include modern Quality Assurance, Portable Metrology, Model Based Inspection, GD&T and Reverse Engineering education into STEM education programs.

3DGage™ and Master3DGage™ are affordable and portable CMM solutions. Powered by Verisurf inspection and reverse engineering software these robust systems gives machine shops a rapid, fully automated 3D inspection process that improves product quality, manufacturing productivity and shop profitability. Verisurf Software is the leading supplier of model-based inspection software to manufacturers worldwide. 3DGage™ and Master3DGage™ are available from select Mastercam Resellers worldwide.

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The enhanced ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner is more rapid than previous versions, offering an acquisition speed of up to 50,000 points per second. This enables users to move the scanner over the measurement object faster than before, while achieving the same high-quality data which ROMER users have come to expect, even on difficult-to-scan surfaces such as high-gloss carbon-fiber. This means that users can now scan up to 66% more surface area in the same amount of time as with previous versions of the ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner.

Along with this development, Hexagon Metrology is launching a wireless scanning option for the ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner. This new Wireless Scanning Pack allows any arm with an integrated scanner to be operated completely wirelessly, and at the same data transmission speed as with a traditional cable. Furthermore, for unlimited wireless operation in the field, the Wireless Scanning Pack includes a dual “hot swappable” battery system, where one battery can be charged continuously while the other is in use.  Offered as an accessory, the Wireless Scanning Pack is compatible with all new and existing ROMER Absolute Arms with integrated laser scanner. Upgrade Installation for existing ROMER arms can be user completed in just a few minutes.

The ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner is a portable CMM for both tactile and non-contact 3D measurement. The laser scanner is completely integrated into the arm, which allows the measuring arm to be certified as complete system according to international standards such as B89 or VDI/VDE.

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FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement technology, today announced the Vantage, a true laser tracker that combines disruptive new features and a supremely portable design. Enhancements like SmartFind, Multiview and integrated Wi-Fi® expedite measurement routines for unprecedented speed and efficiency. Dramatic reductions in size and weight make the device so portable, it can simply be carried on board an airplane and stored in most overhead bins. “The Vantage is a revolution,” said Ken Steffey, Director of Product Management for the FARO Laser Tracker. “This device, and its combination of features, accuracy and portability, is unlike anything this industry has seen. The Vantage will be the standard for laser trackers going forward.”

Though the Vantage is 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than its predecessor, FARO has included new in-line optic systems that actually improve long-range measurement by 45 percent to up to 80 meters (160m diameter). Integrated Wi-Fi eliminates tethering to laptops. The result is a portable tracker that captures more measurements with fewer device moves, and shorter routines, than ever before. Along with standard shipping cases, the Vantage is packaged with an all-new backpack and roller board that can be stowed in a standard airline overhead compartment, so it can be transported anywhere, anytime, quickly and conveniently.

Two of the new features found only in the Vantage – SmartFind and MultiView – increase productivity by reducing measurement time. The SmartFind system responds to simple gestures from the operator and allows the Vantage to quickly find the desired target whenever its beam is lost or broken. The patent-pending MultiView system utilizes two integrated cameras that let users point automatically to specific, difficult-to-reach targets.

Other new features like the water and dust resistant IP52 rating mean operators can rely on the Vantage through precipitation and moisture that can cause other laser trackers to fail. The Vantage’s TruADM technology provides the accuracy needed for everyday, real-world applications where the differences between absolute distance measurement (ADM) and interferometer (IFM)-based measurements are, for the most part, insignificant. Unlike technologies that require an IFM system to assist their ADM system, FARO’s TruADM simplifies the process. Enhanced, predictive algorithms in this patented, fifth-generation technology allow quicker capture of dynamic measurements by simply scanning with the target.

“FARO has developed a more portable, durable laser tracker that incorporates remarkable performance, ease-of-use and more. We’re proud to be able to introduce such a complete solution to the marketplace,” explained FARO CEO Jay Freeland.  “It truly is a no-compromise solution for our customers.”

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FARO Applications Engineer Ryan Dant will explore contact and non-contact measurement technologies, and explain the advantages of each to the design engineer, OEM manufacturer and others. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of the advantages and drawbacks for both, and ultimately be able to decide which is best for their unique application.

Attend this webinar and FARO will:

  • Discuss, in-depth, the process of contact measurement including the types of probing methods - hard-probing and touch-trigger methods

  • Explain laser probing as it relates to articulated arm CMMs; covering point cloud spread, volume, and the effects of color and reflectivity on the target item

  • Detail the uses of each type of measurement in different applications, and explain the specific benefits to users


Ryan Dant
Applications Engineer
FARO Technologies


Leslie Langnau
Managing Editor
Design World

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

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InspectionXpert Corporation announces the release of CMMXpert, a new add-on for InspectionXpert for PDF and InspectionXpert OnDemand. CMMXpert imports CMM results data from almost any CMM software directly into your InspectionXpert project, eliminating the hand-keying of results data into first article or in process inspection reports.

"InspectionXpert's new CMMXpert add-on is unique in that we can import results from almost any CMM program," says Jeff Cope, President and CTO of InspectionXpert Corporation. "This will save inspectors hours of frustration, eliminating the need to do this manually, and is a natural progression for InspectionXpert towards providing capabilities for managing the inspection process from beginning to end."

InspectionXpert for PDF and InspectionXpert OnDemand are automated ballooning and inspection reporting tools that eliminate manual processes for better accuracy and up to 80% time savings. CMMXpert further streamlines quality inspection processes by importing results from CMM routines directly into InspectionXpert for quick, and customizable, reporting and increased accuracy.

Once CMMXpert merges results data with ballooned characteristics in InspectionXpert, results are color-coded both on the drawing and in the measurement interface to show in tolerance, out of tolerance, or marginal conditions.  Users can also control settings to show the color-coded results in their inspection reports.

"Users receive a visual indication, both on the drawing itself and on the measurements, for whether or not the results are within tolerance," says Cope. "This will be a critical tool in the inspector's quality toolbox to ensure that parts are within tolerance and to report on any deviations."

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Since 2004, InspectionXpert Corporation has developed integrated software solutions and productivity enhancement tools for manufacturing and quality inspection. Leveraging our expertise in software development and deployment, InspectionXpert Corporation is able to provide innovative and high-quality solutions to customers across the globe.

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The MetraSCAN 3D scanners are the most accurate scanning solutions on the market, whether in lab or on the shop floor. Like Creaform’s entire portfolio of measuring technologies, the MetraSCAN 3D are easy to master and use, and they take only a few minutes to set up.

Featuring Creaform's TRUaccuracy technology, the MetraSCAN 3D ensure highly-accurate dimensional surface measurements, regardless of the measurement environment (instability, vibrations, thermal variations, etc.) or operator skills.

The combination of a MetraSCAN 3D CMM scanner and a HandyPROBE arm-free CMM makes for a complete and powerful measurement system for points and surfaces, and enable geometrical and freeform inspection on the same part, with the same system.

Join us on June 12-13, 2012! Attendance is limited, so book your place today!

  • Discover the indisputable benefits of this complete and powerful inspection and scanning solution.
  • Learn about Creaform's TRUaccuracy technology behind the MetraSCAN 3D line-up.
  • Interact live with our product manager and get instant answers to your questions.

Tuesday June 12, 2012
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Published in Creaform

Hexagon Metrology announced the North American debut of its new ROMER Absolute Arm series. The new series will be launched at the Hexagon 2012 conference June 4–7 in Las Vegas, NV. This premier event is the second such international conference, expected to draw more than 3,000 attendees, which unites users from all Hexagon group companies to learn and share ideas with peers.

The Absolute Arm is already known for its pioneering advancements. The upgraded design innovations increase the accuracy of the portable coordinate measuring machine (PCMM) by up to 23% compared to previous versions. With point repeatability values from 0.016 mm, the ROMER Absolute Arm is the most accurate portable measuring arm produced by Hexagon Metrology. Other cutting-edge features include SmartLock technology, which securely locks the arm in its rest position using a simple switch at the base. SmartLock enables users to lock the arm in any intermediate position to ease inspections in physically limited areas. The new version also contains an easy-to-access battery pack to minimize downtime required for battery changes. Absolute encoders recognize the position of the arm at all times, effectively eliminating the need for complex homing procedures. Automatic probe recognition allows operators to change probes within seconds without the need for recalibration.. Its optional integrated scanning solution is factory calibrated and certified with the arm and scanner as a complete system.

The ROMER Absolute Arm is available in seven lengths, from 1.5 m to 4.5 m. “The Absolute Arm was already the most accurate arm on the market, but with advancements in design the new version is even more accurate than before. This pushes the envelope of what is possible with portable measurement technology,” states Eric Hollenbeck, product manager for portable technology at Hexagon Metrology. “The most dramatic improvements will be seen on the larger models including our 4 m and 4.5 m arms – the largest in the industry.” All new orders will be shipped from the state-of-the-art facility in Oceanside, CA with the revised specifications.

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Hexagon Metrology today announced the launch of the Sheffield 4.5.4 SF, a new line of coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) built for the shop floor and designed to withstand harsh manufacturing environments. The SF series introduces a variety of evolutionary advancements based on the Discovery line with thousands of earlier units in the field worldwide. With a major focus on portability, the CMM delivers a small footprint of 52.2”x 32.8” x 79.5” which fits through a standard door. The CMM’s computer, controller, and interface boxes are integrated into one self-contained unit with locking wheels for mobility throughout the shop floor. The Sheffield 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 overall durability of the Sheffield 4.5.4 stems from hardened linear drives and recirculating bearings, features originally pioneered on the Discovery line. 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. An optional active vibration dampening system is available for extreme environments. The 4.5.4 SF also incorporates design improvements for measurement and inspection applications, such as advanced thermal isolation and temperature compensation elements to ensure accuracy in unstable shop floor environments.

The SF series comes standard with PC-DMIS, the leading industrial metrology software. With a few steps, the software graphically guides users through part setup and measurement and then produces concise, meaningful reports for immediate action. This makes the CMM an attractive alternative to functional gaging on the shop floor. 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.

The SF series is poised to enter the market at a very attractive, entry level, price point with many options available. “With features and performance required by large manufacturers, the 4.5.4 SF’s price point makes the technology very accessible to small job shops too, states Eric Bennett, Product Manager from Hexagon Metrology. “The Sheffield Discovery line was the original shop floor CMM and the 4.5.4 SF continues its tradition of shifting dimensional inspection from the quality lab to the shop floor. Inspection becomes simply another operation in the manufacturing process.”

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The ROMER Absolute Arm is now up to 23% more accurate compared to the previous versions. With point repeatability values from 0.016 mm, the ROMER Absolute Arm is the most accurate portable measuring arm that Hexagon Metrology has ever produced. It is available in seven different lengths, from 1.5 m to 4.5 m. “Due to design improvements, the new revision enables especially the longer arm types to reach significantly higher accuracies than before” says Pirmin Bitzi, Product Manager for Portable Measuring Arms.

With the new ROMER Absolute Arm, Hexagon Metrology is also introducing SmartLock. This locking mechanism safely locks the arm in its rest position for added security. In addition, users can lock the arm in any intermediate position for measuring in tight spaces.

Hexagon Metrology is also releasing a new specific ROMER Absolute Arm variant for tube inspection applications. These ROMER tube inspection arms feature a measurement volume of 2.5 or 3.0 m, a special gas shock and a tube measurement stand to make tube and hose measurement as easy as possible.

The new ROMER Absolute Arm is available immediately and Hexagon Metrology will be presenting the new product version at the CONTROL show in Stuttgart, Germany from May 8th to 11th, 2012.

ROMER is the originator of the portable measuring arm (first created in 1986 in Montoire, France). The technological advance, the know-how, the demand for constant quality in the manufacture of the arms, the international presence are the main strengths of ROMER. Other products from ROMER include scanning probes for reverse engineering, non contact probes for tube inspection and milling of raw materials.

Hexagon Metrology is part of the Hexagon AB Group and includes leading metrology brands such as Brown & Sharpe, Cognitens, DEA, Leica Geosystems (Metrology Division), Leitz, m&h Inprocess Messtechnik, Optiv, PC-DMIS, QUINDOS, ROMER and TESA. Hexagon Metrology brands represent an unrivaled global installed base of millions of Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs), portable measuring systems and handheld instruments, and tens of thousands of metrology software licenses. Hexagon Metrology empowers its customers to fully control manufacturing processes that rely on dimensional precision, ensuring that products manufactured precisely conform to the original product design. The company offering of machines, systems and software is complemented by a wide range of product support, aftermarket and value-added services.

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Mitutoyo America Corporation is pleased to announce the opening of the first M3 Solution Center in the south central United States region, located in Birmingham, Alabama. This new, 4,800 sq. ft. showroom is conveniently located so customers can schedule appointments for product demonstrations and assistance with metrology solutions and application challenges.

“Our goal is to provide timely metrology solutions to our customers, in a region that is home to a booming automotive industry. The benefit of opening this new M3 Solution Center was the accessibility in offering an experienced metrology specialist to our customers that could provide up to date and knowledgeable metrology information for any situation they may encounter,” says Mike Dukehart, Regional Sales Manager, South Central region.

The grand opening celebration will be held on Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 2100 Riverchase Center, Suite 106, Birmingham, AL. The festivities for the two day event will include facility tours, refreshments, raffles and live demonstrations from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. If interested in attending the event RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Creaform is proud to introduce the latest improvement to its inspection systems: the C-Link functionality. Through C-Link, it is possible to network up to 4 C-Tracks and operate them simultaneously with a HandyPROBE portable CMM or a MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanner.

Benefits of the C-Link Functionality

  • Makes the inspection process of complex setups, jigs, tooling or prototype faster and easier than ever before.
  • Featuring the TRUaccuracy technology, it generates guaranteed high accuracy results, no matter the measurement environment (instability, vibrations, thermal variation, etc.) or operator skills;
  • Can be used as a mobile measurement solution for complex set-ups;
  • Allows the creation of fixed measurement rooms (virtual CMM with freedom of handheld probe/3D scanner);
  • Can be used for large or complex objects deformation analysis when used with Creaform’s VXtrack software module.

“We were receiving repeated requests from our MetraSCAN and HandyPROBE customers towards a solution that would enable them to carry out demanding and specific applications such as deformation analysis on plane wings and presses or measure car chassis with their Creaform technology, but without having to actually move the CMM, explained Jean-François Larue, product director. The idea of the C-Link functionality was born out of a desire to actually meet this need; our R&D crew figured out a way to build upon our inspection systems’ accuracy, power and dynamic referencing capability and developed C-Link, which also improves the performance of our systems with regards to inspection and QC of large or complex parts.”

Creaform’s technologies upgraded with the C-Link functionality will be demoed at the CONTROL tradeshow in Stuttgart, Germany, from May 8 to 11 (hall 5, booth 5108).

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Creaform, leader in portable 3D measurement technologies, is proud to unveil its new line-up of MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners – the most accurate 3D scanners for demanding quality control and reverse engineering applications.

The MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM Scanners

The MetraSCAN 3D scanners are the most accurate scanning solutions on the market, whether in lab or on the shop floor. Like Creaform’s entire portfolio of measuring technologies, the MetraSCAN 3D are easy to master and use, and they take only a few minutes to set up. Featuring Creaform's TRUaccuracy technology, the MetraSCAN 3D ensure highly-accurate dimensional surface measurements, regardless of the measurement environment (instability, vibrations, thermal variations, etc.) or operator skills.

The combination of a MetraSCAN 3D CMM scanner and a HandyPROBE arm-free CMM makes for a complete and powerful measurement system for points and surfaces, and enable geometrical and freeform inspection on the same part, with the same system.

The new MetraSCAN 3D handheld scanners are now offered in two versions:

  • The MetraSCAN 70 offers optimal resolution. It is ideal for projects where geometrical feature definition is key, such as sheet metal and tooling inspection.
  • The MetraSCAN 210 offers increased measurement speed. Its increased stand-off and depth of field make for enhanced scanning flexibility. It is ideal for large surface metrology and large-scale reverse engineering.
  • Both 3D scanners feature the same accuracy and they have been fitted with a new light carbon structure.

“We believe that this expanded and enhanced MetraSCAN line-up fits the needs of our customers now more closely when it comes to quality control or reverse engineering applications, said Jean-François Larue, product director. What’s more, we integrated the know-how acquired on the technology since the launch of the first generation of MetraSCAN in 2010. Among all the inspection systems available on the market, the MetraSCAN 3D scanners remain best at increasing the reliability, speed and versatility of the measurement process.”

The new devices will be presented to the public for the first time during the CONTROL tradeshow in Stuttgart, Germany, from May 8 to 11 (hall 5, booth 5108).

Creaform develops, manufactures and sells 3D portable measurement technologies and specializes in 3D engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions that cover the entire range of 3D applications, including 3D scanning, reverse engineering, advanced surfacing, inspection and numerical simulation. Its products and services are intended for industries such as the automotive, aerospace, 3D body measurement, consumer products, heavy industries, manufacturing, power generation and research & education.

Creaform has developed and sells the Handyscan 3D portable, self-positioning 3D scanners, along with the HandyPROBE arm-free portable CMM and the MetraSCAN 3D optical CMM scanners. The company also brings photogrammetry to all its technologies with the MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measuring system. Moreover, the company offers the Creaform 3D Body Digitizers.

Creaform reached C$37.5 million in sales in 2011. The company employs more than 300 people worldwide, and has offices in Québec City, Montréal, the United States, France, Germany, China, India and Japan. The company’s head office and Quebec-based offices are 9001 : 2008 ISO certified.

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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."

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FANUC Robotics America has released a new YouTube video featuring coordinated robot motion with its Constant Path software feature. The video showcases a FANUC M-10iA robot rotating a basketball while a FANUC ARC Mate 120iC/10L robot follows the lines of the basketball with a marble.

“Constant Path ensures coordination between multiple robots, simplifies teaching and reduces cycle time,” said Jason Tsai, general manager of product development, FANUC Robotics. “This is a major benefit for manufacturers looking to respond quickly to their customer’s needs to deliver quality products on time.”

In the video, the robots work in coordinated motion and are able to resume the same path after the hold/emergency stop button is pressed. “In this unique demonstration using the basketball and the marble, it’s obvious that the robots are able to maintain the same path, location and orientation regardless of static or dynamic speed override changes,” added Tsai. “FANUC leads the industry in providing accurate, reliable and consistent performance.”

FANUC Robotics America designs, engineers and manufactures industrial robots and robotic systems for a wide range of applications including arc and spot welding, material handling (machine tending, picking, packing, palletizing), material removal, assembly, paint finishing and dispensing. The company also provides application-specific software, controls, vision products, and complete support services. After 29 years of success, FANUC Robotics maintains its position as the leading robotics company in the Americas. Over 100,000 FANUC robots are installed in the Americas, and 240,000 worldwide. A subsidiary of FANUC Corporation in Japan, the company is headquartered in Detroit, and has facilities in Chicago; Los Angeles; Charlotte; Cincinnati; Toronto; Aguascalientes, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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When it comes to quality control of complex parts, the combination of 3D scanning and probing is a great alternative. If you add the benefits of optical CMM systems to it, you end up with the most complete and powerful inspection solution on the market.

In fact, the optical CMM will allow accurate measurement, scanning and probing, regardless of the environment conditions, the level of experience of the user and the quality of the set-up.

This live presentation will demonstrate the advantages of using Creaform's MetraSCAN and HandyPROBE in real life measurement environment, and show the complete inspection process (including the data analysis and reporting in PolyWorks Inspector from InnovMetric).

Key learning points:

-View the whole acquisition process including 3D laser scanning and feature probing
-Understand the benefits of optical CMM 3D scanning & probing
-Ask your questions to 3D scanning experts

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Americas - 2:00 PM ET
Europe - 8:00 PM CEST

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Creaform, leader in portable 3D optical measurement technologies, is proud to introduce the latest addition to the wide range of technologies it develops and manufactures, the MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measuring system.

The MaxSHOT 3D adds the accuracy and speed of photogrammetry to the wide range of applications already possible with Creaform technologies, most especially when it comes to larger parts. It combines the MaxSHOT 3D photogrammetric video camera and the VXshot processing software.

"We are excited about this new system, since it reflects perfectly our commitment to high accuracy and reliability, says Creaform's president Charles Mony. The MaxSHOT 3D system brings photogrammetry to a whole new level in terms of affordability, ease of use and accessibility. With the MaxSHOT 3D, we will indisputably strengthen our position and grow our market share in metrology-grade technologies on the international basis".

Features and Benefits

As product director Jean-François Larue stresses out, "our main goal was to come up with the most user-friendly photogrammetry software that ever existed to support our MaxSHOT 3D optical coordinate measurement system. We are extremely proud to present the metrology/ quality control community with an innovative software that is very simple to operate. Featuring real-time visualization and validation of acquired data and an entirely guided step-by-step operation, it allows even those new to photogrammetry to quickly and easily generate a high accuracy positioning model of an object."

In concrete terms, using the MaxSHOT 3D with a Handyscan 3D self-positioning scanner, a MetraSCAN optical CMM 3D scanner or a HandyPROBE arm-free CMM translates into shorter measuring time on larger parts, accelerated positioning of the device around the part and higher measurement accuracy, which ultimately leads to reduced production costs and increased efficiency.

The MaxSHOT 3D will be introduced to the public at EMO metalworking tradeshow in Hanover (Germany) on September 19th, and at Quality Expo in Chicago (USA) on September 20th.

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Today, we have unveiled our new HandyPROBE arm-free and portable optical CMM system. In keeping with our innovation philosophy, the HandyPROBE optical probing system features the TRUaccuracy technology, which generates higher accuracy measurements of up to 22 µm (0.001 in.) and significantly increased productivity, reliability and quality compared to other coordinate measurement systems, especially in real work environments.

The new version presented today shows smoothed out and sophisticated lines. The sturdier and slimmer device also shed a little more than 0.5 kg in the process, and now offers increased reliability. These changes are part of the continuous improvement program implemented by the company to ensure that it fine tunes its technologies so as to keep the lead in portable 3D optical measurement technologies and strengthen its position of developer and manufacturer of premium quality metrology and quality control devices.

According to product director Jean-François Larue, "the gain in productivity and the outstanding measurement reliability of the HandyPROBE explain the system's sky-rocketing 118% YOY sales increase. Plus, they are definite key points in the decision of aerospace, aeronautics, automotive and nuclear industry leader companies such as the European Space Agency, EADS (Airbus), Safran, Pratt & Whitney, BMW and Honda to provide their plants with the system. It has been used on five continents for several years now to control various types of parts on production floors' harsh environments. Some of our clients have cut down their control time by 10, while others were able to reduce human error occurrences by five."

We will be premiering the redesigned HandyPROBE at the EMO metalworking show in Hannover, Germany on September 19th (Hall 5, booth F79) and at the Quality Expo show in Chicago USA on September20 (booth # 622).

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Available autumn 2011, Productivity+™ is a unique software solution for the integration of measurement and process control functionality into CNC machining programs. Providing significant advantages over traditional methods, Productivity+ eliminates the requirement for the manual addition of probing cycles into G-code, instead using ‘point and click' feature selection from imported solid models within an interface immediately familiar to existing CAM users.

Already the most powerful tool available for using on-machine measurement to control manufacturing processes, Productivity+ version 1.90 builds further on existing functionality and flexibility, including more features for Constructed Statements, enhanced multi-axis capability, improved reporting capability, and more Custom Macro functionality.

The constructed statements functionality within Productivity+ which allows ‘virtual' features to be created from existing measurement data, is complemented by the addition of a new constructed line element. Together these constructed statements (point, circle, plane and line), are suited complex job set-up operations.

Multi-axis capability and support for machine specific commands such as Fanuc G68.2 and Siemens CYCLE800 has been also extended in version 1.90, providing programming support for knuckle-jointed (nutating) table and 5-axis head/table machine configurations, as well as standard 3-axis machines and multi-axis machines with table/table configurations.

The powerful Productivity+ reporting functionality, which incorporates details such as feature name, type, and an optional in/out of tolerance check, has also been improved to allow reports to be produced in a consistent format for all supported controller models, simplifying analysis and comparison when using external software packages.

For users looking to create and add bespoke solutions into Productivity+ routines, version 1.90 enhances custom macro functionality, now allowing results to be used to perform machine update operations.

All of these new features build on the ability of Productivity+ to allow users to combine probing and machining, so that features can be automatically checked without the need for an external PC. An integrated logic builder enables measurements to be used as the input to process control decisions, allowing work co-ordinates, tool geometry, machine variables and rotation updates to be set automatically.

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ROMER Inc., a brand of Hexagon Metrology Inc, announced today the launch of CMS108, a high-precision, non-contact laser scanner available for their portable coordinate measuring machines. The newest option in ROMER’s laser scanning portfolio, the CMS108 is the most adaptable and adept at scanning a wide range of materials with enhanced sensitivity to color and surface finishes. Its improved accuracy makes it attractive for inspection and reverse engineering applications where laser scanners have been unable to meet tight tolerances. The CMS108 mounts with a kinematic joint to the seven-axis ROMER portable CMMs, which include the Absolute Arm SE and the Infinite 2.0 SC Arm.  

The CMS108 is the most precise laser scanner offered by ROMER with an accuracy of 20 microns, which is a 16% gain in accuracy over previous scanning solutions.  In addition, the device was engineered for applications with a wide variety of color and surface finishes.  Flying dot technology allows the laser scanner to rapidly detect changes in color and surfaces via their reflectivity.  An operator can scan traditionally difficult finishes, including shiny and mirrored surfaces, without making manual exposure adjustments.  The laser scanner can transition from matte to shiny features without additional calibration.  With 3 different line widths and differing point densities, the CMS108 is able to perform inspection routines on small intricate parts and large surfaces.

“The CMS108 is the perfect addition to our portable scanning portfolio,” states Eric Hollenbeck, Hexagon Metrology’s Product Manager for portable products, ”With versatility and an exceptional data collection rate, we now offer an incredibly accurate scanner capable of inspecting different consecutive surfaces on the fly with no adjustments.  The CMS108 system integrates our industry leading Scanning System Specification which specifies and calibrates the arm and scanner as a single unit.  Although any organization with portable metrology requirements could potentially benefit from this technology, typical users include those in the automotive, aerospace, medical, rail, and energy production industries.  The addition of the CMS108 to our lineup demonstrates Hexagon Metrology’s commitment to offering the customer unrivaled choice in portable metrology.”

The CMS108 is currently available for the seven-axis Absolute Arm SE with measuring ranges of 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, and 4.5 meters. The sensor can also be added as an upgrade to the seven-axis Infinite 2.0 SC Arm. Both products are produced in the new, state-of-the-art facility in Oceanside, California.

Hexagon Metrology serves the high precision measurement and inspection needs of worldwide manufacturers with its extensive line of metrology hardware, software, accessories and customer services. The company's name-brand portfolio of quality assurance products include Brown & Sharpe, Cognitens, Leica Geosystems, ROMER, Sheffield, PC-DMIS, DEA, Leitz and TESA. Hexagon Metrology has an unrivaled installed base of more than 1.5 million handheld, stationary and portable measurement devices, and over 35,000 seats of PC-DMIS metrology software.

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Renishaw has added a new probe option to its revolutionary REVO® five-axis measurement system, which for the first time, allows surface finish inspection to be fully integrated within CMM measurement routines.

With a measurement capability of 6.3 to 0.05 Ra, the SFP1 surface finish probe provides a unique ‘single platform' that will eliminate the need for hand-held sensors, or the necessity to move parts to costly dedicated surface finish measuring machines, reducing labour costs and inspection lead times. CMM users will now be able to automatically switch between part scanning and surface finish measurement, with analysis all contained in a single measurement report.

High quality surface finish data
As a fully integrated option for the REVO 5-axis measurement system, users of the SFP1 surface finish probe will benefit from a range of powerful features that will boost inspection speed and flexibility.

The probe incorporates a C axis, which combined with the infinite positioning capability of the REVO measuring head and a choice of styli, allows the probe tip to be automatically orientated to any angle to suit the part, ensuring that the highest quality surface data is acquired. The SFP1 is supplied with two dedicated styli, the SFS-1 straight stylus and SFS-2 cranked stylus, which are selected under full measurement program control using the REVO system's modular rack system (MRS). This enables flexible access to component features combined with the consistency of a fully-automated CNC methodology.

A skidded probe type with a 2 µm (0.000079 in) tip radius diamond stylus, the SFP1 surface finish probe outputs Ra, RMS and raw data formats to the metrology application client software via Renishaw's UCCServer software using the I++ DME protocol. The raw data can subsequently be presented to specialist surface analysis software packages for further detailed reporting.

Automated surface finish probe calibration
Calibration of the sensor is also automated and carried out within a CMM software programme. A new surface finish calibration artefact (SFA) is mounted on the MRS rack and is measured using the SFP1 probe. Software then adjusts parameters within the probe in accordance with the artefact's calibrated value.

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A unique, new advanced process control gauging system has been showcased in Scotland at a leading industry event hosted by Heriot-Watt University.

The Equator™- a versatile automated gauging system – has been designed and developed by Renishaw plc, to meet the process control needs of manufacturing companies within a diverse range of industries.

Delegates at the Agile Manufacturing annual conference at Heriot-Watt University - which brought together academia and industry from around the world, to share knowledge and ideas to support business growth and diversity - were told the new system would have a significant impact on the sector.

Equator has been developed as an alternative to traditional dedicated gauging, with the ability to be pre-programmed for multiple parts and re-programmed for design changes.  The patented low-cost design, unique in construction and method of operation, is capable of high-speed comparative gauging for inspection of high-volume manufactured parts.

Professor Marc Desmulliez, Director of the Heriot-Watt University James-Watt Institute commented that "We are delighted that Renishaw has supplied an Equator system for our Advanced Metrology Laboratory. Such equipment will increase our research capability as well as increase our interaction with industry. This reflects the strength of the strategic alliance between Renishaw and our university and is testament to the excellent collaborative research links that both institutions have forged with each other over recent years.”

Dr Kevyn Jonas, a Director at Renishaw plc, was a keynote speaker at the conference and told delegates: “There is nothing like this product available on the market.”

“Equator uses the traditional principle of comparison of production parts to a reference master part, providing repeatable data that results in more efficient and effective operations,” he added.

“The Equator has been rigorously field-tested and was positively received when we launched at the Control show in Stuttgart, Germany in May.  We were therefore delighted to have the opportunity to show it for the first time in Scotland at the Agile Manufacturing conference.”

“Given the extremely positive reaction we have had to the system so far, we remain confident of the significant improvements Equator can make to companies through increased automation and flexibility and we look forward to showcasing the product's abilities further in the UK and beyond.”

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Composite Resources, a global leader in the design, prototype development and manufacture of advanced composite products announced today that the company has acquired new technologies to support their expanding composite product development demands.

The new technology increases the precision work that has become Composite Resources’ trademark.  Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) are used for precision measurements and are critical for product inspection as well as reverse engineering.  Composite Resources acquired a FaroArm Platinum, 8ft, 7-axis measuring arm with integrated Laser Line Scanner. It uses FARO's CAM 2 Q software for ball probe measurements and GEO Magic Studio & Qualify with the Laser Scanner for measuring complex geometry and for Reverse Engineering work as seen on “Jay Leno’s Garage” on YouTube.

Composite Resources has also acquired a ZEISS Contura G2 AKTIV 700/1000/600 CMM. It uses ZEISS's Calypso software and Variable Accuracy and Speed Technology (VAST) scanning probes for highly accurate measuring.

“Our clients are asking for tremendous precision in the products we manufacture”, said Kevin Bialas, Composite Engineering and Product Development Manager for Composite Resources.  “Whether it is aerospace, motorsports, medical or industrial use, customers have come to expect rigid specifications and you need to invest in these types of tools to maximize that precision”.

In addition to the CMM technology Composite Resources also added an ASC Process Systems Autoclave utilizing ASC's industry leading Composite Processing Control (CPC) Software for high pressure curing of composite laminates, which allows control of more than one autoclave from a single PC.

Over the past twelve months, Composite Resources has also acquired a C.R. Onsrud 5-Axis CNC machine capable of producing large scale, detailed prototypes, molds or production parts, a second Engel e-motion 110 Injection Molding Machine was added in addition to the one installed in 2009 giving Composite Resources some of the most advanced technology for precision injection molding.

Composite Resources also added several technologies for precision machining made by Haas Automation, Inc.:

Haas SL30 Turning Center Lathe
Haas TM1 Toolroom Mill
Haas VF4 Vertical Machining Center

“While there are more and more carbon fiber fabrication shops opening around the globe, there are still very few that can do the precision design, prototype and manufacture that we offer”, said Lisa Bennett, Vice President and Operations Director of Composite Resources.  “These investments are part of what differentiates us from most other composite shops”.

Composite Resources designs, prototypes and manufactures composite solutions for Aerospace, Military, Medical, Automotive, Sports and Industrial applications. Engineering composite solutions is our passion. We use advanced materials like Carbon Fiber, Kevlar, Nomex and many others. We use multiple process methods in order to meet customer's precision specifications. Our objective is to make our client's ideas into products and help them become successful. We also offer stock carbon fiber tubes, sheets, rods and angles.

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With DuraMax® RT Gear, Carl Zeiss has developed a special compact-class gear wheel horizontal-arm measuring machine. Now featuring a rotary table, it fits into any small or large workshop, is suitable for inline process control and thus close to production.

"This new feature enables users to increase their flexibility and save valuable time. They can work more efficiently and cost-aware," says Alexander Dollansky, Product Manager at Carl Zeiss Industrial metrology. A precision system turns the workpiece with the corresponding side facing the stylus. This allows the stylus system to capture, e.g. the geometry of the gear wheel in a simple process without having to repeatedly travel to a new position.

The added flexibility for users is one of the key properties of DuraMax® RT Gear: the rotary table can be freely positioned on the measuring plate and removed later in just a few steps. DuraMax® RT Gear can therefore be flexibly used as a universal measuring machine when other jobs arise. Additional features include its suitability for rough production environments, the proven and innovative ZEISS measuring software, the small footprint and the low power consumption.

DuraMax® RT Gear — for a wide range of applications
Because of its accuracy, DuraMax® RT Gear is available for a wide range of applications. The hardware needed, including stylus material and software are included. If the products being tested change, standard inspection procedures often require significant investments in the inspection equipment and accessories. DuraMax® RT Gear, on the other hand, is a CNC all-rounder that can be used directly on the shop floor. Due to its design, DuraMax® RT Gear can be ideally loaded from four sides.

DuraMax® RT Gear — software
With CAD-based CALYPSO measuring software and GEAR PRO® involute, which were specially developed to measure spur gears and are included in the base price, daily jobs in gear wheel measurement can be quickly and easily completed. Straight and slanted-tooth spur gears, interior and exterior toothing, beveloids and splines are evaluated in accordance with international or corporate standards. With the optional CALYPSO® and GEAR PRO qs-STAT out log output software, you are well equipped to evaluate processes with a comprehensive statistical evaluation of quality information relevant to production.

DuraMax® RT Gear — stylus systems
The accuracy of a gear measuring machine is decided primarily where the measured values are acquired — on the stylus system. Workpieces can only be accurately, quickly and efficiently measured in conjunction with a powerful stylus system. The flexible XXT styli were specially developed for the ZEISS VAST® XXT scanning stylus system on DuraMax® RT Gear.

DuraMax® stands for durability and robustness, withstands rough environments and demonstrates high stability over a broad temperature range. Within a temperature range of 18-30°C, DuraMax® RT Gear is clearly superior to the available solutions in this class.

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Nikon Metrology introduces CAMIO7, featuring a new metrology software interface that redefines 3D tactile and laser CMM inspection. With fewer mouse clicks and instant access to programming functions from a single ribbon toolbar, the programming experience is both faster and easier than previous versions of the software. CAMIO7 users are able to program many features of different types within a single operation, and graphically step around the measurement path before committing to the part program or CMM. By packaging powerful capabilities into such an uncluttered user interface, CAMIO7 metrology software makes CMM programming an altogether more flexible and productive experience.

The standard for CMM programming

CAMIO7 is a major software release in many ways. The multi-sensor CMM software now reflects the latest standard in Microsoft Windows featuring the ribbon style toolbar. This serves as the central location where all software functions are logically grouped into tabbed sections, each containing all the required operations. This setup avoids the need to search through long menu structures and navigate between groups on the ribbon. For example, GD&T tolerances are located within the Inspect group so that feature output is always available.

The CAMIO7 programming environment is developed with every user profile in mind. An important design criterium was to combine the powerful functionalities yet providing workflows that are very easy to use. Users can select any combination of features to measure by using ‘teach and learn’ from the handbox, picking from a CAD model, or typing coordinates from the component drawing. CAMIO7 automatically programs the touch points for each feature, however specific touch points can be defined if required.

Offering true multi-sensor capability

Laser scanning with CAMIO7 is now easier to use for feature inspection. The new software interface allows both feature related measurement and reporting to be defined in the same effort. Such improvements reduce programming time drastically, in particular for more complex parts exhibiting hundreds of features.

For measuring surface areas, CAMIO7 users can choose to simply cover the target area with a configurable grid to automatically define the measurement points. Alternatively, CAMIO7 includes full support for laser scan area definition, leaving the possibility to use the scan data for reverse engineering or surface analysis.

CAMIO7 offers true multi-sensor capability and simplified probe management to change between contact and non-contact probing within the same measurement program. In this way the best CMM inspection routine can be achieved for the application at hand.

Comprehensive off-line programming capabilities

CAMIO7 planning provides the ability to open inspection plans either directly from CAD (Product Manufacturing Information) or a customer specific format. The plan data can then be used to easily create a DMIS program including planned inspection routines and the application of GD&T tolerance data. In this regard, the software supports the latest versions of all popular CAD formats available on the market.

To support the off-line programming environment, the software provides full machine simulation and collision detection. CAMIO7 creates true DMIS output without translation, which also makes it the ideal stand-alone solution to create programs to run in compatible 3rd party DMIS software including PC-DMIS and Metrolog.

Making informed decisions faster with CAMIO7

CAMIO7 offers an integrated approach to the quality control process of CMM inspection. This true multi-sensor CMM metrology software supports traditional touch-trigger probes, continuous contact (or analogue) scanning probes as well as the full range of Nikon Metrology laser probes. This way, CAMIO7 supports design and manufacturing teams to efficiently maintain control over production processes and to make informed decisions.

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We released our new VXtrack dynamic tracking software module during the 25th CONTROL international trade fair for quality assurance that will be taking place in Stuttgart, Germany, on May 3-6, 2011 (Hall 5, booth 5108)

The VXtrack dynamic tracking module is a key component of TRUaccuracy technology, which guarantees the highest precision. Teamed with the C-Track dual camera optical sensor, the VXtrack module can be used to simultaneously and continuously measure positions and orientations in space with great precision, which makes it possible to control displacements, drive assembly processes or measure deformations.

Combined with the portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) arm-free probing system HandyPROBE, VXtrack provides a complete portable 3D measuring solution offering both probing inspection and dynamic measurement capabilities. Plus, the probing stylus is very useful for aligning parts with respect to a referential (determined through a group of reflectors), allowing for movement or deformation monitoring directly on the part’s referential.

* TRUaccuracy technology that guarantees the highest precision, in the lab or on the shop floor
* Simultaneous measuring of the set of reflectors, for increased 6 DOF precision (position and orientation)
* A complete inspection and dynamic measurement solution integrating the portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) arm-free probing system HandyPROBE and compatible with the MetraSCAN optical CMM 3D scanner
* Passive, wireless, low cost and ultralight (<1g) reflectors, available in adhesive or magnetic versions and 100% compatible with photogrammetric measures (for resetting with a global measure in the case of large equipment)

Main features

* Rate of up to 24,000 3D points per second with oversampling (3000 without oversampling)
* 6 DOF measuring (position and orientation) of a rigid set of reflectors
* Synchronous measurement of the reflector set
* Measuring volume from 3.8 to 14.8 m3 (133 ft3 to 518 ft3)
* 1 unique system for 3D inspection and 3D dynamic measurement
* Real-time curve display in VXelements
* Export to .csv format
* API for interfacing with third-party applications
* Acquisition synchronization capability through external trigger input

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Prrrfect Technologies LLC has chosen the CONTROL 2011 exposition, held May 3–6 in Stuttgart, Germany, to launch its portable direct computer controlled coordinate measuring machine (DCC CMM) specifically designed to support production operations such as precision machining and toolmaking.

The innovative zCAT will be exhibited along with Kreon Technologies’ 3-D scanning solutions.

zCAT, which is battery powered, is targeted at shop-floor measurement, a rapidly growing segment of the dimensional measurement and inspection market. “The zCAT is an alternative to portable arms, on-the-machine touch probing, and more cumbersome stationary CMMs that require electrical and pneumatic connections,” says Hank Kraus, president and CEO of Prrrfect.

“This entry-level machine is so intuitive to operate it needs no joystick for positioning,” says Kraus. “Accuracy specified to industry standards is 8 microns in the measurement volume.”

A four-axis machine, zCAT is priced at just $25,000. That includes Prrrfect’s own embedded ControlCAT metrology software and an I++ interface that will work with most metrology software.

The CMM is just entering production at the company’s operations in Carlsbad, California. “One reason we are exhibiting at CONTROL 2011 is to find strategic business partners and distributors,” Kraus says.

zCAT compares favorably with the new Equator product from market leader Renishaw plc. “Like the Equator, we see the zCAT as an integrated component of the manufacturing process,” Kraus adds. “We believe that our system’s absolute-versus-relative measuring capability, temperature compensation, easy I++ interfacing, wi-fi connections, and total portability will be appreciated by our manufacturing customers.”

Both Equator and zCAT are solidly aligned with the dimensional measurement industry’s fundamental trend—moving inspection close to the work and keeping it there. “Ideally in manufacturing, inspection is part of the production process, done on the factory floor, as close to on line as possible, not off line in an isolated, temperature-controlled quality assurance lab,” says Kraus.

Most significant shop-floor measurement innovations developed in recent years have been either portable, manual measuring arms or probing systems built into CNC machine tools—also known as on-machine verification or OMV. The zCAT advances the technology of portable measuring arms by automating repetitive part measurement with significantly better accuracy.

Further, zCAT improves on OMV by providing a DMIS-enabled solution and offering an independent validation of machine tool measurements. zCAT comes with a five-hour lithium-ion battery so it needs no electrical connection—no cables to stumble over; and zCAT doesn’t use air bearings, so no air hoses underfoot.

Three years in development, zCAT is the latest in a long line of portable CMM technology triumphs by Homer Eaton. He is considered the father of the articulated-arm CMM and is best known for the ROMER line of CMMs now sold worldwide by Hexagon Metrology. The zCAT is Eaton’s smallest CMM, weighing only 12 kg (29 lbs), battery included.

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FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions, introduces the FARO Edge and Laser Line Probe, the most advanced, state-of-the-art FaroArm system ever produced.

The FARO Edge is a portable measurement arm that allows manufacturers to easily verify their product quality by performing inspections, tool certifications, CAD-to-part analysis, and reverse engineering via hard probing and non-contact laser scanning.

The latest generation of the FaroArm product line continues to eclipse competitive models in every category. The Edge improves production, quality, and reverse engineering processes by rapidly verifying or scanning parts with confidence and accuracy. The new Arm also simplifies the user experience with improved performance, portability and reliability.

“The FARO Edge was designed with our customers’ input and built with our experience,” stated Jay Freeland, FARO’s President & Chief Executive Officer. “It offers unparalleled simplicity for the user while maintaining all the existing benefits of a FaroArm and demonstrates our continued leadership in this space through innovative and disruptive technology.”

The all new Edge features the first ever integrated personal measurement assistant.  With its built-in touchscreen and on-board operating system, the Edge revolutionizes portable metrology by providing stand-alone basic measurement capability.  A laptop is no longer needed to perform quick and simple dimensional checks, or to optimize system performance with it’s on board diagnostic routines.

Available in three popular working volumes and 7-axis configuration, the Edge is the perfect fit for any portable measurement application, eliminating the guess work of which length is right for the job. Seven axis of rotation ensures you always get the most flexibility out of your device.

Additional industry-leading areas of improvement and capability include:

* Enhanced Connectivity – Bluetooth, WiFi, USB, and Ethernet ready.  Multiple device management through networking.
* Smart Sensor Technology – Improved sensors warn against excessive external loads, correct for thermal variations, and detect possible setup problems.
* Ergonomics – Improved weight distribution and balance for reduced strain and ease-of-use. Patented internal counterbalancing providing comfortable, stress-free use.
* Multi-Function Handle Port – Seamless and interchangeable accessory integration. Quick-change handle. Expandable capability.

The all new FARO Laser Line Probe provides unparalleled non-contact measurement capabilities. Its wider laser stripe significantly increases scan coverage without sacrificing accuracy, while variable capture rates can produce over 45,000 points per second for exceptional speed and feature definition.

Taking advantage of the Edge’s multi-function, quick-change handle port, the Laser Line Probe integrates seamlessly and instantly becomes part of the arm. Lighter weight, amazingly compact and completely unobtrusive, it delivers the best performance at the lowest price in the industry for a handheld laser scanning system.

“Everything about the Edge was designed from the ground up to boost productivity and deliver the best performance in a portable arm CMM,” said Orlando Perez, Product Manager - FaroArm. “As the first ever smart measurement arm with built-in apps, the FARO Edge changes absolutely everything.”

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Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRCP - News), a leading provider of non-contact measurement and scanning systems for manufacturers, today announced that Paul Joss, Industrial Marketing Manager, will be presenting Helix, its breakthrough 3D metrology solution, at the 2011 Quality Conference to be held on April 13, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The presentation will also cover the history of machine vision and how non-contact metrology has become a common technique used by world class manufacturers for quality and process control.

In manufacturing environments, non-contact metrology has historically been deployed two different ways: in-process gauging or off-line part inspection. Due to cost constraints, most manufacturers have been forced to choose one technique over the other. In-process gauging is a high speed/low data density approach where the dimensional characteristics of critical discrete features are measured on every part produced, commonly known as 100% inspection. Off-line inspection is typically a low speed/high data density approach where a small sampling of production parts are measured thoroughly using 3D scanning to assess shape, contours and discrete features.

Recent advances in technology, such as Helix, create new opportunities for manufacturers to alter their quality plans and leverage the strengths of in-process gauging and 3D scanning with a single solution.

More information about the presentation and the 2011 Quality Conference is available at and more information regarding Perceptron's innovative Helix 3D metrology solution can be found at

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Hexagon Metrology, Inc. announced that precision component manufacturer Milwaukee Machine Works has purchased a Leitz PMM-G ultra-accurate coordinate measuring machine. The Leitz measuring machine has a supersized measuring capacity of three meters wide by four meters long, and two and a half meters high, tailor made for the large scale machined components that are a Milwaukee Machine Works specialty. The PMM-G is a gantry configuration machine that allows large scale parts up to 30,000 pounds to be easily moved inside for precision measurement. It also boasts the highest accuracy specifications for its size, enabling ultra precision measurements to be made for case, cover and housing parts for the wind, off-highway and mining industries which comprise MMW’s typical customer base.

“This new machine is a huge enhancement to our capabilities,” said Mike Manna, General Manager of Milwaukee Machine Works. “We are known for tackling the toughest, highest precision, turning and machining jobs in the business—jobs that other shops just don’t have the capability or expertise to handle. Now we will have a measuring machine with the size, capacity and accuracy to handle the very largest parts we are capable of making—single parts that are the size of small cars.”

Milwaukee Machine Works also plans to keep the new machine busy by pursuing ISO/IEC 17025 certification and offering contract inspection services to other manufacturers in the area. “Not everyone can have a machine with this capability, so when we’ve got available machine time, we’re also going to offer high accuracy inspection services to the local manufacturing community,” said Manna.

“Milwaukee Machine Works has always been a good customer of Hexagon Metrology, and represents the best of what American manufacturing is capable of,” said Jack Rosignal, Vice President of Sales for Hexagon Metrology, Inc. “We are pleased that the first PMM-G Coordinate Measuring Machine to be installed in America is going to a company like Milwaukee Machine Works, that has the commitment to precision manufacturing and the highest quality standards.”

The new Leitz PMM-G is scheduled to come on line in Milwaukee Machine Works’ ISO 9001:2008 certified facility by the second quarter of 2011.

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Hexagon Metrology Inc. announced today the completion and opening of its newest facility located in Oceanside, California. The state-of-the-art factory, and Research and Development Center, will serve as the North American manufacturing headquarters for the ROMER® brand of portable coordinate measuring machines.

The new 14,000 sq. ft. facility was designed specifically for the production of portable coordinate measuring machines such as the newly released Absolute portable articulating arm series. The layout and design of the new building integrates the latest in JIT and lean manufacturing concepts, which enables efficient, cost effective, and higher volume production of the high precision devices.

The new Hexagon Metrology plant also includes an expanded R&D facility to drive innovation in the portable metrology market. All manufacturing and R&D functions in Hexagon’s Carlsbad, California facility will transition to the new Oceanside location starting on March 1, 2011, with full customer services and operations projected to commence on Monday March 7, 2011.

The new address for the ROMER Factory and Research & Development center is:

Hexagon Metrology
Seagate Corporate Center
3536 Seagate Way
Oceanside California 92056
Main Telephone Number: 760-994-1401
Main Fax Number: 760-994-1420

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As an aerospace stretch-forming specialist, there’s hardly a part or a die in Triumph’s shop that is not sporting a parabolic, compound curved or cone shape. Rapid, precise measurement of machining work on these parts – while still fixtured on the machine tool – is a core skill the company’s CAD/CAM department developed and refined to facilitate lean manufacturing. But it took an RMP600 strain-gauge probe to bring the refined “touch” needed for consistent, high-accuracy measurement of small hole diameters, contours and geometric tolerances, to name a few. With no lobing (i.e. true 3-dimensional triggering characteristic) and a repeatability of 0.25 µm  (0.00001”), the strain-gauge probe delivers high accuracy when triggered from any direction, after a one-time calibration routine.

The RMP600, combined with Renishaw’s OMV Pro software, gives the company’s Zimmerman CNC 5-axis portal mill CMM-like capability, allowing complex parts to be “bought off” the machine with measurement results that routinely come within 0.025 mm (0.001”) when double-checked with other devices. As a result, offline checks of work on a true CMM have been essentially eliminated, saving the company many hours of production delays, potential damage, and accuracy problems that arise when moving and re-fixturing high-value parts.

Triumph Fabrications’ core capability is stretch forming of sheet, extruded, rolled shape and light plate metals for the aerospace industry. The company’s press capacity ranges from 10 to 750 tonnes, with the ability to stretch-form reverse forms using bulldozer attachments of 150 and 400 tons on its Cyril Bath presses. The company also has unique stretch forming capabilities to support complex single-plane and multi-plane forming of a variety of metals.

Various types of CNC machine tools are used to produce features on these formed parts, as well as to shape the forming dies themselves. Supporting this work upstream and downstream is a CAD/CAM department equipped with Catia V4 and V5, Vericut 7.0, Renishaw OMV Pro, AutoCAD, Inventor and other desktop engineering tools.

CAD/CAM Department Manager Gary Medlock says on-machine probing is vital to the company’s goal to reduce cycle time, eliminate rework and reduce errors that can creep in from multiple fixturings of a part. “We prefer to measure as soon as we cut, rather than move the part to a CMM,” he said. “These are high-value parts to begin with, and we’re adding value with each operation on the Zimmerman. On parts such as the forming die for a leading edge (shown in accompanying photos) our alternatives would be to lose nearly a day to tear down, measure, and re-setup the part; or finish the part completely, then inspect, and hope no rework is needed. In-process measurement confirms that each phase of the work meets spec before we put more value in the part.”

More typically, parts processed on the Zimmerman mill are formed sheet metal, 0.635 mm (0.025”) to 3.18 mm (0.125”) thick, that require machined holes and cutouts. These parts are vacuum fixtured. Holes of 2.5 mm (0.098”) to 9.5 mm (0.375”) – typical of aircraft applications – are drilled and reamed to accuracies of 0.05 mm (0.002”), with true position tolerances of .30 mm (0.012”) to 0.71 mm (0.028”). “We measure hole size and true position with the RMP600 probe, using a 1 mm (0.039”) tungsten or stainless steel stylus, 50 mm (1.97”) extension, and the two-touch probing method,” Medlock explains. “We prefer the tungsten ball for the ability to reach deep into a hole. If you are careful about orientation, you can measure just about anything with this ball. The 50 mm extension on an RMP600 probe causes no loss of accuracy, keeps the probe at a distance from the workpiece to minimize crash potential, and is cheaper to replace if there is a collision. We use two-touch probing because we have calibrated at the same speed we’re using in the software, so the timing and angles are all established.”

Machine calibration is one of the keys to Triumph’s success with, and confidence in, its probing results. “We calibrate the machine once a year with a laser and ball bar unless there’s a wreck,” Medlock says. “We also have a small calibration sphere on the machine that we calibrate with once a week, rotating the machine through a known set of angles and touching the sphere with the probe. These results are plotted on a histogram, with data going back two years, so it’s easy to see any trend developing. In addition, we have a traceable artifact with cone, sphere, slots and other features that we probe whenever there’s a change to any component of our QC program.”

Triumph has two Zimmerman portal mills. The newer FZ-30 model built in 2008 is equipped with a Siemens 840D CNC. This particular machine has a 6 x 2.8 x 1.5 m (236” x 110” x 59”) X-Y-Z linear axis range, 110_ A-axis, and 360_ Z-axis. Its spindle produces a maximum of 40 kW power and 48 Nm torque, with a top speed of 25,000 rpm. The plant itself is climate controlled. “This machine has a volumetric accuracy of 0.1 mm (0.004”), and for a large, well used machine tool, this compares very well with typical CMM accuracy,” Medlock explains.

“Our alternative without the probe would be to take parts to the CMM room, measure them, then return and setup again,” Medlock says. “We’d have to add a checking groove or other feature to aid in making sure each setup is identical to the first, which means more cost in the part, not to mention a lost day for the entire inspection cycle to be completed.

These delays, and the uncertainty that comes with each new setup, are simply unacceptable in a lean operation. On average, our probing cycle is about equal to the machining cycle, but this is a very broad average and some parts inspect much quicker, depending on the number of features. When probing holes, for example, we average about 8 seconds each.”

The other key to Triumph’s success is programming the model and geometry. “All the features must be on the part if you want things to run properly,” Medlock stresses. “We usually start with a STEP file that’s imported into the OMV Pro software to create the probing program offline. The software simulates the probing routine for collision detection and includes an ‘auto orient’ function that allows the probe to be automatically oriented into a suitable measuring position, without requiring manual input of the required angle. You can measure features many ways – for example, a hole can be measured as a circle or cylinder.”

The probing program runs on the CNC to collect the measurement data, which is then evaluated offline in OMV software with CMM-type algorithms. The software compares the measurement data with the map/model file and produces graphical and numerical reports. The software reports on the deviations from the nominal, and will plot a graph to show the ranges.

A GD&T wizard in the OMV software leads programmers through the process of creating standardized report elements based on internationally recognized symbols, allowing comparison of measurement results from the machine to the manufacturing drawing. “We currently use perpendicularity, angularity, surface profile and true position,” Medlock adds.

Unlike a conventional machine tool probe, the strain-gauge-based RMP600 does not have to be calibrated for each vector, which saves significant cycle time in a 5-axis environment. “We do measure from all vectors, because it’s a 5-axis application,” Medlock explains. “Because of the strain gauge triggering system in the RMP600 we get a good reading – the same reading – no matter what direction we touch the stylus from, which is perfect in a 5-axis world. When you do 5-axis work, the probe is used in some strange orientations, and the ball might be touched from any practical direction. We’ve confirmed that when we measure something with the RMP600, we’ll get the same identical readings if we have to re-measure. Among the RMP600’s superior capabilities, we have proved that we can measure true diameter of smaller holes, down to (0.098”) using a 1 mm stylus.”

The RMP600 is fundamentally different from conventional machine tool probes in that its patented RENGAGE™ sensing mechanism eliminates lobing, an error inherent to all conventional machine tool probes. If the lobing is excessive and high enough to impact measurement accuracy, users must compensate by calibrating the probe along each measurement vector. This requires a complex calibration cycle and management of numerous probe offsets.

The RMP600 eliminates this. Strain gauges measure the contact force applied to the stylus and generate a trigger once the strain threshold is exceeded. This results in low trigger forces, less stylus bending, sub micron repeatability (0.25 µm 2s), no lobing and a true 3-dimensional triggering characteristic. The RMP600 delivers significantly higher metrology performance, especially on 3D surfaces where many sensing directions are used, or in setup, when approach vectors to the workpiece may not be known. Logic inside the probe eliminates unexpected triggers resulting from shock and vibration by determining whether the strains seen at the gauges are caused by contact with the part surface or a random event.

“It’s critical to keep in mind that, in the end, the probe is only as accurate as the machine,” Medlock stresses. “With our knowledge of this machine’s capabilities, condition and calibration history, we believe an inspection on this machine is equal to a CMM inspection. The machine is tested and calibrated to essentially the same requirements as our CMMs, and easily capable of producing part profile accuracies of 0.38 mm (0.015”). We can verify our metrology performance by probing a known artefact which has all the features we would encounter on our parts. Because of the high accuracy of this machine and its 5-axis capability, the strain-gauge probe has proven to be a better match for our measurement requirements. Periodic double checks against other measurement devices rarely show deviations greater than a thousandth of an inch, giving us a high level of confidence and operational efficiency.”

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The phoenix computed tomography (CT) line of GE Measurement & Control Solutions has significantly enhanced its marketing capabilities by entering into a commercial co-operation with Hexagon Metrology, one of the world’s largest metrology Groups. This exciting collaboration will see the first computed tomography system introduced into Hexagon Metrology’s key industry segments within the next few months.

Hexagon Metrology is part of the Hexagon AB Group and includes leading metrology brands such as Brown & Sharpe, Leica Geosystems and Leitz. It boasts a comprehensive global installed base of Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs), portable measuring systems and handheld instruments, as well as tens of thousands of metrology software licences. As Norbert Hanke, President Hexagon Metrology, explains, “It has always been our strategy to offer the most comprehensive portfolio of metrology solutions. We consider the cooperation with GE as the next logical step in this philosophy.”

GE sees the collaboration as an ideal match, marrying its expertise as a technology leader in industrial and healthcare computed tomography with Hexagon Metrology’s strong presence in a wide range of industrial sectors, its metrology know-how and its market-leading software. ”With its global sales network and its metrology application expertise, we believe that Hexagon Metrology will greatly help to boost the use of computed tomography in industrial metrology,” states Juan Mario Gomez, General Manager of Radiography, GE’s Measurement & Control Solutions business.

GE Measurement & Control Solutions

Measurement & Control Solutions is part of GE Energy Services and is a leading innovator in advanced, sensor-based measurement, non-destructive testing and inspection and condition monitoring, delivering accuracy, productivity and safety to a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, power generation, aerospace, transportation and healthcare. It has over 40 facilities in 25 countries.

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Deva Electronic Controls recently teamed up with Nikon Metrology to integrate the Deva CMM Controller with Nikon Metrology digital laser scanning probes and Focus Scan software.

Laser scanning is a developing technology well suited to today’s quality control and reverse engineering challenges providing CMM users with greater versatility, shortened development cycles and increased productivity.  Nikon Metrology’s latest scanning probes take the technology a step further by tripling traditional scan rates and eliminating user interaction when scanning components with varying colour or high reflectivity.

The highly popular CMM System Pack from Deva includes the fully featured 004 CMM Controller, 030 Servo Amplifier and the 031 Colour Touch screen Joystick.  This complete CMM hardware solution already offers support to a number of third party CMM software packages.

Users familiar with Nikon Metrology Focus Scan software will already appreciate the many features offered by this powerful application including the 2D preview window, which facilitates laser set up and operation.  Using the Deva 031 joystick PC View feature, this information and other PC information can be viewed remotely on the joystick screen enhancing ease of use and leading to more effective operation.

“Deva are proud to partner with Nikon Metrology who share our commitment to product innovation” said Simon Moruzzi, Managing Director of Deva.

This Deva-Nikon solution is available on new CMMs from Aberlink Innovative Metrology and from Nikon Metrology as an upgrade package to retrofit to any CMM using the Deva CMM controller.  In addition Nikon Metrology offers  a range of new machines and upgrade packages available for other controllers.

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CMM-Manager 3.0 for Windows 7 is by far the most value-for-money tactile inspection software that runs on nearly all CNC and manual CMMs. The modern and intuitive Windows 7 graphical interface makes the software even more informative and interactive. Get more work done with CMM-Manager, by automating serial inspection or by easily taking a few points on the spot. And when combined with the new Renishaw 5-axis PH20 probe head, CMM-Manager 3.0 turns around inspection jobs up to 3 times faster.

Versatility to get the most out of your CMMs
The dashboard has been upgraded with intuitive new icons and a ribbon bar style layout. CMM-Manager 3.0 for Windows 7 also incorporates touch screen and multi-touch support and intuitive navigation paths. Simply walk up to the CMM, quickly align the part, and immediately measure geometric features and points on planes. When CAD is available, you can even take snap point measurements on the screen to eliminate manually probing the work piece – and automatically create dimensional charts with color-coded point deviations.

CMM Manager 3.0
Docking and sliding panels provide a more open and simplified workspace, and inspection tools are simple to use. To create a serial inspection routine that runs on any CMM brand, you simply click points and features on a 3D part view and drag-and-drop them as icons on to a part program representation. CMM-Manager automatically converts the icon program into a collision-free touch probe motion path. Automated inspection results in graphic part-to-CAD comparison, a digital communication tool providing all the answers.

PH20 support triples CMM productivity

CMM-Manager 3.0 for Windows 7 supports the new Renishaw PH20 probe head that drives fast, infinite, rotary positioning for high-speed point measurement with minimal CMM movement. The new probe head brings five-axis inspection capability to smaller CMMs by optimizing the working volume of the measurement platform. Through PH20 support, CMM-Manager 3.0 for Windows increases touch-trigger CMM inspection throughput up to three times. CMM-Manager software operates on a PC or laptop running a Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit operating system.


Nikon Metrology offers the broadest range of metrology solutions for applications ranging from miniature electronics to the largest aircrafts. Nikon Metrology’s innovative measuring and precision instruments contribute to a high performance design-through-manufacturing process that allows manufacturers to deliver premium quality products in a shorter time.

Published in Nikon Metrology

The Rodon Group purchased a state-of-the-art vision inspection system for their QA Metrology Lab. The Mitutoyo QV-APEX404 Quick Vision measuring system is a non-contact, highly automated measurement solution that can perform measuring and inspection functions faster and more accurately than conventional methods. Inspection processes that once took hours can now be done in minutes with superior accuracy and a more streamlined and effective Statistical Process Control reporting (SPC). The new equipment has already proven to be very useful and effective on a variety of production parts manufactured for Rodon’s customers as well as internally to assist with measuring and tooling design accuracy. Rodon saw the need for the equipment several years ago as the demand grew from some of their high end food grade and medical manufacturing customers for more precise, effective and efficient measuring and reporting. This post molding inspection device will efficiently and accurately address QA intensive applications for the high tech marketplace.

“This new vision system has allowed for a more efficient, effective and accurate way in which to perform precise measurements and data analysis, says Bob Dean, QA Manager. “It has also streamlined our process traceability capabilities thus making analysis and reporting that much easier and effective.”

About The Rodon Group
The Rodon Group is a registered ISO 9001:2008 injection mold and plastic part manufacturer. We are proud to also be a green, land-fill free, facility. In business since 1956, the Rodon Group makes billions of parts each year at its 125,000 square foot facility in Hatfield, Pa... From the beginning, Rodon capitalized on its core manufacturing strengths including mold design, mold building and high volume parts manufacturing. These strengths are the foundation of Rodon's role as a high-volume molding specialist. With over 100 injection molding presses, Rodon is one of the largest family-owned and operated injection molders in the United States. The Rodon Group serves a diverse group of industries including consumer products, medical, construction, pharmaceutical and toys. Since 1992, Rodon has manufactured over 30 billion parts for the K'NEX building toy system, and is a subsidiary of K'NEX Brands, L.P. For more information visit

About Mitutoyo
Mitutoyo Corporation is the world’s largest provider of measurement and inspection solutions offering the most complete selection of machines, sensors, systems and services with a line encompassing CMMs (Coordinate Measuring Machines), vision, form and finish measuring machines as well as precision tools and instruments, and metrology data management software. For more information, visit at


Jill Worth
The Rodon Group
(215) 822-5544

Published in Rodon Group

With DuraMax, Carl Zeiss offers an popular compact 3D coordinate measuring machine. DuraMax Gear marks the evolution of DuraMax into a shopfloor gear wheel measuring machine. “This enables us to fulfill the requests of many customers and introduce gear wheel measuring technology with small machines that can be used as close to production as possible," says Alexander Dollansky, Product Manager at Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology.

The key features of DuraMax Gear are its suitability for a rough production environment, the high permissible temperature fluctuations, the proven and pioneering ZEISS measuring software, its small footprint and the attractive price.

DuraMax — as a gear wheel measuring machine
DuraMax is suited for process control on the production floor, for quick in-between inspections of small workpieces and for testing volume parts directly in production. Because of its accuracy, DuraMax is also ideal for many requirements in gear wheel measuring technology. DuraMax Gear comes with the required software and hardware, including stylus material for a broad range of applications. If the product being tested changes, standard inspection procedures often require new, expensive modifications. DuraMax Gear, however, is a CNC all-rounder that, when combined with CAD-based CALYPSO and GEAR PRO involute measuring software, quickly, easily and reproducibly measures all changes. DuraMax Gear is available as a tabletop machine or with an optional base. Its design enables part loading from four sides.

DuraMax Gear — software
With CALYPSO measuring software and GEAR PRO involute, which was specially developed to measure spur gears, it is now possible to complete all jobs in daily gear measurement. This includes straight and slanted-tooth spur gears, and splines in accordance with the applicable standards. With the CALYPSO QS-STAT OUT log output option included with delivery, customers are well-equipped to assess processes using a comprehensive, statistical evaluation of quality information relevant to production.

Dr. Marc Wagener
Director Marketing & Business Strategy
Carl Zeiss IMT GmbH
Phone: +49 7364 20-2144
Fax: +49 7364 20-4657
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