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MarSurf XR 1, Economical, Mobile, PC‑Based Surface Measuring System

Affordable entry into higher-end surface metrology systems

Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 13:02

(Mahr Federal: Providence, RI) -- With the introduction of the MarSurf XR 1 surface measuring system, Mahr, a manufacturer and marketer of dimensional measuring equipment, has bridged the gap between portable surface measuring devices and larger, full-featured, PC-based surface measurement and evaluation systems. The MarSurf XR 1 combines the skidded and skidless drive units of Mahr’s portable M-Series instruments with its industry-leading MarWin evaluation software.

The new XR 1 provides an affordable entry into the world of PC-based measurement and evaluation systems, including compliance with all international standards, diverse evaluation methods, extensive documentation, large storage capacity, data export and import, and networking and other benefits.

“The gap between portable units and higher-end surface evaluation systems used to be quite large,” says Pat Nugent, vice president of metrology for Mahr Federal, a member of the Mahr Group. “The XR 1 sits squarely in that gap, offering users the benefits of both portability and fuller-featured evaluation in skidded and skidless measurements.”

The MarSurf XR 1 is suitable for use either in the measurement lab or on the shop floor, and provides more than 80 parameters for R, P, W profiles according to current DIN, ISO, JIS, ASME, and MOTIF standards. The system can use both the MarSurf RD 18 drive unit with skidded probe and the MarSurf SD 26 drive unit with skidless probe. Virtually any number of drive units can be connected to the evaluation unit via Bluetooth or cable. Measuring units can be used alone in different orientations, in combination with various accessories, or mounted on measuring stands. Measurements can be initiated either by touchscreen on a PC or manually on the drive units.

The MarSurf XR 1 comes standard with a basic version of Mahr’s leading MarWin surface evaluation software, which includes Measuring Station View; automatic user login; R, Rk, P, W, Motif, and D-profile and parameters; Export ASCII; Profile Assistant for USB; and Measuring Assistant Level 1 for simple setup of measurement conditions. However, all the additional features of the XR 20 evaluation software are also available as option packages. These include an advanced evaluation package with interactive zoom; virtual rulers and PDF file export; a multimeasure option package that expands the Measuring Assistant to Levels 2 and 3, as well as providing additional statistics and administration functions; an advanced reporting option with PageDesigner to create template forms and provide tolerance monitoring and display; a script program integration option; digital I/O, QS-STAT, and a profile processing options.

With the RD 18 skidded probe on the XR 1, cut-off lengths between 0.08 mm (0.003 in.) and 2.5 mm (0.100 in.) can be selected by the user or automatically determined based on the actual surface profile being measured. The ergonomically designed drive unit can take measurements in any position, and the prismatic-shaped bottom can even act as a Vee block for positioning small parts. Threaded sockets in the undercarriage allow the attachment of accessories, and rechargeable batteries provide capacity for approximately 1,000 measurements before recharging.

Benefits of the MarSurf SD 26 Skidless drive unit on the XR 1 include a proprietary, motorized probe-height adjustment feature that quickly and automatically zeros the probe in seconds and can cut measurement time in half, and a magnetic, breakaway probe-mounting system that protects sensitive probes from accidental damage and facilitates fast probe changes. The MarSurf XR 1 is available with a wide range of probes, options, and accessories to allow the most flexible configuration for your applications.

For more information visit www.mahr.com.


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Mahr Inc. a member of the Mahr Group, manufactures and markets a complete range of dimensional measurement solutions from handheld and custom-made gauges to technically advanced measurement systems for form, contour, surface finish and length for the automotive, aerospace, medical products, electrical, plastics, and optical engineering industries. Mahr also provides calibration and contract measurement services. Mahr's calibration laboratories are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005, NVLAP Lab Code 200605-0. Mahr Group is headquartered in Göttingen, Germany. Mahr Inc. is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.