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CMTS 2009 to see focus on machine tool and CMM utilization

CMTS exhibition logoNew touch probes and probe software that increase machine tool automation, improve process control and allow advanced on-machine part verification, will be a major feature of Renishaw’s booth (24020) at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS) taking place in Toronto from 19th to 22nd October 2009. Renishaw’s new retrofit service for co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) will also be profiled, including MODUS™ the company’s first metrology software, and a new high-speed solution for valve seat and valve guide measurement

RMP40 ultra-compact touch probe with radio signal transmissionUltra-compact touch probes with radio signal transmission

At CMTS 2009 Renishaw is adding to the world’s largest range of machine tool probes with the introduction of new touch probe systems that use its unique frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) probe signal radio transmission technology to allow automated job set-up and in-process measurement on all sizes of CNC machine tools.

The new ultra-compact RMP40 touch probe is especially suited to multi-axis and mill-turn applications, whilst its variant, the RLP40 touch probe, is specifically designed for more hostile turning environments. A transmission only module RMP40M is also being introduced.

New multi-axis development for PC-based probe software

A new version of Renishaw’s Productivity+™ suite of PC-based probing software will significantly enhance measurement on multi-axis machine tools. At CMTS 2009, visitors will see a new multi-axis option that allows more creativity and efficiency in machining processes, which supported by Renishaw’s high accuracy Rengage™ 3D technology-based touch probes and new ultra-compact radio probes, gives process engineers and machinists a wide choice of flexible process solutions. The Productivity+™ multi-axis option is being launched as a free Technology Evaluation for new customers and maintenance subscribers using machine configurations where up to two rotary axes are mounted on the machine’s table.

On-machine geometric measurement significantly enhanced with new measurement and reporting capability

At CMTS 2009 Renishaw will also show a new version of its Renishaw OMV Pro software, a powerful package that works with touch probes to give advanced on-machine part verification and machine simulation capabilities. Now supporting Microsoft® Windows Vista®, Renishaw OMV Pro 2.02 adds more advanced co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) style capability with an extended range of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) functionality, plus the ability to work with multiple alignments in a single program, useful for users of complex multi-axis machine tools. Renishaw OMV Pro allows users of machine tool touch probes to quickly verify the accuracy of free-form and prismatic parts with a crystal-clear reporting format that makes the software accessible to shop-floor staff.

Cost-effective CMM upgrades and valve seat measurement

Renscan5™ REVO® measuring cylinder headFor manufacturers who are suffering from inspection bottlenecks that tie up staff and expensive machines whilst waiting for vital measurement results, Renishaw now offers cost-effective CMM retrofits for all budgets and applications, from touch trigger probing and 3-axis scanning, through to the latest ultra-fast REVO® five-axis measurement. CMTS 2009 visitors will see that the company offers a 'one-stop shop' upgrade solution, from its new MODUS metrology software and universal CMM controller, through to sensors and machine calibration.

The measurement of valve seat and valve guides has traditionally been very challenging, involving time-consuming methods that are often a compromise and not capable for the task. At CMTS 2009, Renishaw will show that its latest five-axis measurement technology is now making it possible to very quickly collect large amounts of data using helical scans and adaptive scanning techniques. Within REVO compatible metrology software packages, automated analysis provides a range of attribute data including valve seat form error, seat circularity profile at any specified height, runout of the seat to the guide bore axis, and concentricity of the guide and seat.

About CMTS 2009

The Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show takes place at Toronto’s Direct Energy Centre and is described as Canada’s definitive showcase for the latest machine tools, automation technologies, production methods and managements strategies. There will be more than 600 manufacturers and distributors at CMTS 2009 arranged into five technology zones - Machine Tools, Metal Forming, Factory Automation, Tooling Supplies & Service, and Measurement Technology & Quality Assurance. A two-day technical conference ‘Automation Rendez-vous’ will also run on October 20th and 21st.


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