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Radio Touch Probe Brings ‘Out of Sight’ Precision

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 4:29pm
MDT Staff

Bringing "out of sight" precision to complex 3D part measurement on machine tools, the Renishaw RMP600 touch probe combines two exclusive Renishaw technologies — highest accuracy strain-gage sensing and frequency-hopping spread-spectrum (FHSS) radio transmission. The industry-first design allows unmatched part checking precision on 5-axis machining, contours, deep cavities, undercuts, etc. where obstacles or part features can block transmission by optical line-of-sight probes. The versatile probe makes possible rapid, automated part set-up and changeover, in-process control of critical dimensions, and even final inspection on certain parts to speed throughput and reduce WIP. Robust construction, compact design, solid-state electronics and interference-free signal transmission allow application to all sizes of machining centers, the harshest of machine environments and "noisy" plant floors with competing wireless Wi-Fi communications. 

Using Renishaw's patented RENGAGE technology combines a patented sensing mechanism and advanced electronics to allow sub-micron 3D probe performance on contoured surfaces, even with long styli. The probe delivers greater levels of accuracy than possible from a standard mechanical probe, giving uni-directional repeatability of 0.25 µm (0.000010 in) with a 50 mm long stylus and 0.35 µm with a 100 mm stylus. It is recommended for styli up to 200 mm.

For more information, visit: www.renishaw.com.

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