Ballbar applications

Whether you are an end user, distributor, machine OEM or a service and maintenance contractor, the Renishaw ballbar can help you do your job better.

The following case studies demonstrate why, for so many users, a Renishaw ballbar is a vital part of their operations.

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QC10 ballbar on Haas VF3

Renishaw's ballbar is a tool which can give you the information you need to control your machining operations effectively, whether your responsibility is in production, maintenance, engineering, shop planning or quality. Even sales and marketing activity can benefit from the added confidence that use of the Renishaw QC10 and QC20-W ballbar gives to customers.

It's no surprise that with so many diverse customers and potential benefits, the stories of ballbar success are so varied. See the case studies below and also the recent news release summarising other customer feedback following the first year's QC20-W sales.

Advanced ballbar training achieves "better than new" machine tool accuracy

QC20-W wireless ballbar training at Silfex

Ballbar testing is nothing new to those who use fleets of machine tools, including people like Wayne Ross and Jacob Hebbeler of Silfex Inc based at Eaton, Ohio.  Both have used ballbar analysis to maintain and enhance the accuracy of the plant's 50+ machines for more than a decade. But, it turns out that experienced ballbar users can still learn a few new tricks that can be transformational to a business.

Critical oil and gas production components rely on metrology systems

Craig Simpson, Maintenance Technician at FMC Technologies, using the XL-80 laser calibration system to check machine accuracy.

For companies operating in the oil and gas equipment-manufacturing sector, recordkeeping and traceability are vital.  As part of its company-wide quality protocol, FMC Technologies in Dunfermline, Scotland invests continually in a preventative maintenance programme that employs Renishaw machine tool probes and calibration products to check and verify the dimensional accuracy of its CNC machine tools.

QC20-W ballbar gives Sandvik Medical Solutions confidence at every level

Orthopedic implants and instrumentation for the medical marketFor the last 2 years Sandvik Medical Solutions have been enthusiastic users of the Renishaw ballbar system to verify the performance of their machine tools. Sandvik, based in Sheffield, UK, is a major supplier to many of the global brands within the healthcare industry, providing investment castings, forgings and finished medical implants and instruments for joint replacement and spinal surgery markets.

New life for worn machines

Valve body being loaded onto Spirax HMCSpirax Sarco UK invested in a Renishaw QC20-W wireless ballbar to check the geometry of its high-end machining centres before and after they were transferred to a new, purpose-built facility. Spirax Sarco is the global leader in manufacturing high quality products for the control and efficient use of steam and industrial fluids

New ballbar technology 'just what the doctor ordered' for medical machine tools

Nemcomed componentsBallbars have been commonplace at precision machining operations for more than 20 years, but a Midwest-based medical device manufacturer is showing how the latest wireless ballbar technology makes a big difference in doing fast capability checks on small machines, as well as establishing a benchmark on machines' volumetric accuracy. Nemcomed, a division of Avalign Technologies, is a full-service supplier of implants, instruments, cutting tools, speciality instruments, cases and trays for medical device OEMs.

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