(Renishaw: Gloucestershire, UK) -- Renishaw, the global engineering technologies company, is announcing more new products that will be demonstrated at the EMO Hannover exhibition taking place in Germany, September 19–24. These include touch probes and software systems that will aid process control on CNC machine tools and a new surface finish measurement probe for coordinate measuring machines (CMMs).
These new metrology products will be demonstrated alongside other significant products already announced, including a radical new alternative to traditional dedicated gauging, a new range of additive manufacturing technologies and a 5-axis probe for CMMs.
At EMO Hannover, Renishaw is introducing significant new additions to its range of radio transmission probe systems, including an interface that allows multiple probe installations on the same machine tool, and a new compact tool-setting probe with radio signal transmission, which is ideal for larger machines.
The new RMI-Q radio transmission interface allows up to four separate tool-setting or spindle-probes with radio transmission to be operated on the same CNC machine, making it an excellent choice for fitment onto CNC machining centers, or machines with rotary tables or twin pallets. Renishaw's new RTS contact tool-setting probe with radio transmission is a robust, compact and cable-free product that does not restrict table movement. It offers users fast and accurate tool measurement, including tool length and diameter of milling cutters, twist drills and end mills, plus broken-tool detection.
Visitors to EMO 2011 will see that 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, available in autumn 2011, builds further on existing functionality and flexibility and includes more features for Constructed Statements, enhanced multi-axis capability, improved reporting capability, and more Custom Macro functionality.
Renishaw has added a new probe option for 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 labor costs and inspection lead times. Visitors to EMO Hannover will see that 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.