Equator™ - the versatile gauge™

With the patented low-cost design, unique in construction and method of operation, Equator is capable of high-speed comparative gauging for inspection of high-volume manufactured parts.

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Equator gauging systemThe new Renishaw Equator™ is a versatile alternative to custom gauging, offering inspection of an unprecedented variety of manufactured parts. It has been developed and proven on the shop-floor in collaboration with industry-leading companies in multiple industries and applications.

Installation of Equator is possible in minutes, and re-configuration of the gauging system to cater for part design changes or to measure new parts is now possible in a fraction of the time taken with conventional custom gauging.

Form measurement - quantity equals quality

Simple fixture measuringThe thousands of points collected during 3D scanning with the industry standard SP25 probe, results in better metrology and enables effective form measurement.

Every data point can be used for comparative measurement - one Equator can perform the same function of thousands of DTIs, LVDTs or handheld instruments.

Outstanding results in any climate - thermal stability

Equator process comparisonThe Equator's innovative gauging technology is based on the traditional comparison of production parts to a reference master part.

Re-mastering is as swift as measuring a production part and immediately compensates for any thermal effects, returning data that could have been collected in the temperature controlled quality room.

Plug and play

plug and playThe compact Equator gauging system is out of the box, up and running, in less than 20 minutes. The gauge weighs just 25kg, requires single phase power and no costly compressed air supply.

The intuitive operator front-end software requires little or no training and the optimised ratio of working envelope to machine footprint means Equator can be set to work in even the most crowded of factory spaces.

Cost-effective

Equator applicationsWith the flexibility to be used on multiple tasks, the purchase of an Equator gauge will see a fast return on investment.

Replacing manual measurement with an automated Equator gauging system can greatly increase throughput and reduce scrap rates, at a fraction of the cost of an equivalent custom gauging system, including associated fixturing.

With the Equator, your quality function can become as versatile as the machine.

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Case stories

  • Case study: Conroe Machine - Equator™
    Case study: Conroe Machine - Equator™

    Conroe, Texas, USA – Conroe Machine is doing what most machine shops only dream of – hard turning a family of parts around the clock in an unmanned cell that operates a ‘self controlled’ process. It integrates a Fanuc robot with the Equator™ gauging system, using Renishaw EZ-IO software to provide simple comprehensive communication functions, for 100 percent part inspection and auto-compensation of a twin-spindle Okuma 2SP-250 lathe. The cell also boxes and palletises finished parts. The company states that the turning cell paid for itself in an amazing 18 days.

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  • Case study: Kishan Auto - Gauging time and costs cut by 80% and accuracy maintained despite a 21 °C range
    Case study: Kishan Auto - Gauging time and costs cut by 80% and accuracy maintained despite a 21 °C range

    Kishan Auto parts Pvt. Ltd., Rajkot (Gujarat, India) is a world leader in the manufacture of connecting rods for major names in the car, compressor, heavy commercial vehicle, tractor, marine engine and earth mover manufacturing industries. Kishan recently purchased a Renishaw Equator flexible gauging comparator, and have seen an immediate reduction in cost and gauging cycle times of more than 80%.

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  • Case study: Eponsa - Equator could reduce waiting time to zero, it can gauge difficult features and the price is very competitive
    Case study: Eponsa - Equator could reduce waiting time to zero, it can gauge difficult features and the price is very competitive

    Eponsa, a manufacturer of automotive components, located near Barcelona, Spain, has purchased a versatile and innovative shop-floor comparative gauge, the new Renishaw Equator, to check the quality of stamped parts and assemblies. This will reduce non-productive waiting times to a fraction of the time taken now, while maintaining the high quality and manufacturing efficiencies that are critical for the success of an automotive subcontractor.

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  • Case study: Meyer Tool - Aero-engine component maker Meyer Tool "softens" up hard gauge costs with software-driven Equator™ gauge
    Case study: Meyer Tool - Aero-engine component maker Meyer Tool "softens" up hard gauge costs with software-driven Equator™ gauge

    A software-driven comparative gauge, Renishaw's new Equator system, is already starting to soften up the cost for numerous hard gauges at aero-engine component maker Meyer Tool, Cincinnati, OH. Meyer Tool designs, builds, and maintains dozens of these costly tools every year for in-process measurement.

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