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  • 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.

  • Laser calibration data analysis software brings new levels of functionality and flexibility

    XCal-View error compensation - showing measured data and overlay of expected compensated performance Renishaw’s laser calibration offering has been significantly enhanced with the release of ‘XCal-View’ software, an all new laser data analysis package for use with data captured from the highly successful XL-80 and ML10 laser calibration systems and XR20-W rotary axis calibrator.

  • 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 preventive maintenance programme that employs Renishaw machine tool probes and calibration products to check and verify the dimensional accuracy of its CNC machine tools.

  • New developments in understanding rotary axes performance

    XR20-W rotary axis calibrator off axis Renishaw has further extended its solutions for checking the alignment and positioning performance of machine tool rotary axes with the launch of new off axis rotary software for its XR20-W rotary axis calibrator.

  • Pump manufacturer extends the life of their machine tools and reduces downtime by 10%

    Aquasub AQUATEX centrifugal pump unit The Renishaw QC20-W ballbar system is widely recognised as a preventative maintenance tool for new and installed machines. Aquasub Engineering (Coimbatore, India), part of the Aqua Group, one of the largest pump manufacturing companies in Asia, is using QC20-W ballbar to reduce maintenance costs, increase capacity and reduce scrappage.

  • Worldwide success for new rotary axis calibrator

    XR20-W mounted off axis on a 5-axis machining centre, Morley Machine Alignment, USA Renishaw’s XR20-W rotary axis calibrator has proven to be a hit with customers since its launch in November 2011. Recognising the change in user requirements since the original RX10 was designed almost 20 years ago the new product promised easier set-up and use in a smaller and more compact package.

  • New life for worn machines

    Spirax maintenance manager, John Curtis Spirax 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 components Nemcomed, a medical device manufacturer, is showing how the latest Renishaw QC20-W 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.

  • New system greatly extends flexibility and ease for rotary axis calibration

    XR20-W on mill turn machine The Renishaw XR20-W is the successor to the well established RX10 rotary axis calibrator which has been making high accuracy, high repeatability rotary axis performance assessment a possibility for over 15 years. The XR20-W is a completely new design that offers increased flexibility, ease-of-use and speed, plus the benefits of fully wireless operation.

  • Upgraded machine tool performance monitoring device receives worldwide acclaim

    QC20-W partial arc test Upgraded machine tool performance monitoring device receives worldwide acclaim. Launched in November 2009, Renishaw's QC20-W telescoping ballbar which incorporates Bluetooth® wireless technology has had a significant impact on CNC machine testing around the world. Many customers have found that that the new QC20-W ballbar offers significant advantages over Renishaw’s QC10 product, which was for many years the industry standard test for machine tool performance.

  • CNC maintenance company considers ballbar critical to operations

    Dave Wigmore receiving his new QC20-W telescoping ballbar system Dave Wigmore, a former time-served engineer at Mazak, runs a CNC maintenance company and considers a ballbar critical to operations. When Renishaw introduced the QC20-W telescoping ballbar system he was determined to the first UK user.

  • Renishaw supports new US HTEC centre with performance testing tool

    First VU HTEC class Nov 2010 Haas, one of the world’s leading machine tool manufacturers, has boosted its Haas Technical Education Centre (HTEC) programme in the USA, with the opening of a dedicated HTEC teacher training centre at Vincennes University (VU), Indiana. To support the new facility, Renishaw, a long-term HTEC industrial partner, has donated a QC20-W wireless ballbar, which will be used to help train users of the new centre in the importance of regular machine tool performance testing.

  • The latest version of Ballbar 20 software (V5.09.04) is now available free of charge for existing users of Renishaw’s QC20-W and QC10 ballbars

    Ballbar 20 volumetric analysis Ballbar 20 (V5.09.04) is the current software shipped with all Renishaw’s QC20-W ballbar kits, allowing fast machine tool performance testing and analysis. This latest version has been enhanced to give even greater flexibility for testing and reporting and is available free of charge to existing users of the QC20-W and QC10 ballbars.

  • Wireless QC20-W ballbar loses cable and gains support

    Peter Jönsson, NC Service, receives QC20-W from Ben Taylor, Assistant Chief Executive of Renishaw NC Service, a Swedish machine tool calibration and maintenance company, who work with key CNC machine users, was one of the first users worldwide to take delivery of Renishaw's QC20-W ballbar. The new design eliminates issues with the previous QC10 when used on large machines or where its data cable had to be fed through machine guarding.

  • New system offers fast, automated health check for multi-axis machine tools

    AxiSet Check-Up sphere on mill/turn chuck Renishaw has extended its market leading range of machine tool testing and calibration systems, with AxiSet™ Check-Up, a new cost-effective solution for checking the alignment and positioning performance of rotary axes. In just a few minutes, users of five-axis machining centres and multi-tasking mill-turn machines can now identify and report on poor machine alignments and geometry that can cause extended process setting times, as well as non-conforming parts.

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