Flexible gauging just got faster

Shop floor process control with Equator now includes New ultra-fast touch trigger probing, easy-to-use feature-based offsetting and updated EZ-IO automation software.

Equator fitted with TP20 touch trigger modules and SP25 scanning modules.
Equator fitted with TP20 touch trigger modules and SP25 scanning modules.

Manufacturers using the Renishaw Equator™ flexible gauge now have even more options for inspecting parts right where they are being made – on the shop floor, in the toughest of conditions. With the new TP20 touch trigger probe kit, Feature Compare and updated EZ-IO software, flexible gauging is now ultra-fast, simpler to setup and easier to automate.

Flexibility
Equator gauges are already used by hundreds of manufacturers worldwide for high speed flexible gauging, as manually loaded systems or in fully automated cells. Equator provides flexibility for engineers to re-program for design changes and for shop-floor operators to switch between different parts in seconds, using repeatable removable fixture plates and easy-to-use Organiser software. Manufacturers recognise the benefits of Equator’s combination of flexibility, fast scanning, low purchase price, and low cost of ownership (Equator requires no regular re-calibration). These benefits, when combined with the system’s unique ability to compensate for the effects of challenging environmental conditions, make it the gauge of choice in any industry.

Short cycle times for all applications
The ultra-fast TP20 touch trigger probe can now be combined on Equator with the high speed scanning of the SP25 scanning probe. TP20 can be used for fast capture of discrete point data, with the stiff lightweight structure of Equator allowing very short cycle times and high repeatability on simple touch point measurements. The touch trigger kit includes robust industry-standard TP20 modules and a new range of extension bars and joints.

Feature Compare
Equator uses the principle of mastering to cope with changes in temperature on the shop floor. Now the process of calibrating the master part is made very easy with the new Feature Compare function. Master parts do not need to be expensive or custom made; users can simply take a production part and measure it. The master part could be measured in a number of ways, including on a calibrated co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) in a temperature-controlled environment. This measurement establishes the variation of the master part from CAD or drawing nominals. With Feature Compare the user can simply take the master part measurement data and enter the compensation values for each feature’s size, position or orientation. The simple and unique Feature Compare interface has been designed for effortless data input.

There are much more to discover. For further information on Equator gauging visit www.renishaw.com/gauging.

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