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NEW INTUO™ software
INTUO™ with Equator is an ideal alternative to multiple manual devices such as vernier or digital callipers, micrometres and plug gauges. Equator is highly repeatable and runs fast automated routines, meaning significantly reduced labour costs. With many workshops using hundreds of manual gauges this cost saving can be considerable.
INTUO, with minimal training, uses intelligent functions to help the engineer set up gauging of parts in a matter of minutes. Shop-floor operators then select and run those programs using the user-friendly Renishaw Organiser front-end software.
INTUO allows the programmer to create gauging routines using just a part with an engineering drawing. With the Feature Predict function activated, the programmer uses the joystick to take points on each feature while INTUO does most of the work, by predicting the type of feature, the nominal value and a possible tolerance band.
It is then easy to adjust the program to change the number of points taken or to space them evenly, and match nominals and tolerances to the engineering drawing.
NEW Equator™ Button Interface
In many shop-floor environments simple operator controls are essential. Customer feedback has shown that an alternative to the keyboard and mouse is required, so Renishaw has introduced the Equator Button Interface (EBI), which works directly with the Organiser software.
EBI uses large push buttons which can be operated by operators wearing gloves. It is not affected by shop-floor contamination and can be mounted on the front of the Equator or on the framework of a table or enclosure. At the most basic level it can be used to start gauging programs, but can also be used to stop those programs mid-cycle, select other programs and navigate the Organiser environment. Equator can be moved using the jog keys if necessary and there are buttons for initial alignment, switching between master/measure modes, changing view screens and easy error recovery.
NEW TP20 probe kits
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.
Equator with TP20 is an ideal alternative for in-line gauging tasks which might have used custom hard gauging systems with single-point air gauges or LVDTs. The advantage of flexible gauging with Equator is that part geometry can be computed simply by taking additional data points, rather than the need for a complex custom gauge.
“Since using Equator we have not made a single bad part and have reduced part production cost by 27%”
The quality of the products a company produces, and their assurance of that quality, can mean all the difference to successfully acquiring contracts. Maintaining that quality also significantly increases the chances of repeat business. High-Tech Engineering, a precision engineering company based in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, UK, has always focused on the quality of the parts it produces.
Replace manual gauges with new INTUO™ software for Equator™
The Renishaw Equator™ flexible gauge is now offered with the new INTUOTM gauging software, combined with a range of industry standard Renishaw probes. INTUO simplifies and automates the gauging of a wide variety of parts, removing dependence on the skill of manual gauge users. Reducing gauging inconsistency reduces scrap, whilst ensuring parts that are out of tolerance are always identified.
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. 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
Equator™ gauge: "As Quality Manager, it has quickly become the best investment we’ve made."
David Powell, Quality Manager at UK-based Euromould Ltd, has been using Renishaw’s Equator flexible gauge to increase inspection capacity and portability, achieving an 85% reduction in the inspection time of injection moulded parts.
- Equator™ programmable gauges help create the ultimate automation cell for bearing machining and parts sorting
- New process monitoring software for the Equator gauge
- Versatile gauging takes a step up
- “Gauging time and costs cut by 80% and accuracy maintained despite a 21°C range”
- Heriot-Watt University hosts Scottish launch of versatile automated gauge
- “Equator could reduce waiting time to zero, it can gauge difficult features and the price is very competitive”