Flexible shop floor process control
Manufacturers around the world control their process using Equator™.
The cost of scrapping parts can often be reduced with the right process control in place. Whether implemented as an automated in-line or stand alone process control method, Equator's speed has enabled customers to move from sample inspection to 100% inspection of parts, significantly improving process capability.
With Equator's Process Monitor function, operators are given visual bar graphs and charts of real time gauging data allowing processes to be corrected before scrap is produced.
CMMs are often located in temperature controlled rooms around the shop floor. With access at a premium and queues for measurement of parts, there can be delays in receiving inspection data. These delays may mean production has to be paused, or continued at risk before knowing whether the parts have been made to tolerance.
Through Equator's versatility and speed of operation, switching between parts is quick and short cycle times are possible. Equator's thermal insensitivity and ease of use allows operators to save time by gauging parts directly on the shop floor.
Low cost of ownership
The purchase of an Equator gauge will see a rapid return on investment. Replacing manual measurement with an automated Equator gauging system can greatly increase throughput whilst reducing labour costs. Equator is a fraction of the cost of an equivalent custom gauging system, including associated fixturing.
As Equator is reprogrammable, there is no need to pay for expensive rework of custom gauges in order to gauge modified or new parts.
With increasing demand for fully automated manufacturing driven by the creation of 'smart factories', many Equator applications have involved integration into automated cells.
The Equator EZ-IO kit can be supplied with an Equator system and is designed for automation integrators, to provide easily-configured communications between the Equator and a variety of equipment in automated work cells. Typically part loading on Equator is by a robot or shuttle system.
Equator's ability to measure parts quickly and accurately on the shop floor, rather than in a temperature controlled environment, has been a major benefit for many applications.
The 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.
In a design and manufacturing environment, improvements to parts are frequently made. Equator has proven to be the perfect solution as a single gauging system which can cope with the current range of parts and any future design changes.
Using the Renishaw MODUS software built into Equator, it is simple to modify part programs to add or change features.
For applications where different parts are produced in batches every few weeks, Equator's ability to switch quickly from one part to another has proven indispensable.
Using Equator's Organiser™ software, operators can easily choose between different part programs using images, part names or bar codes. Fixturing can be changed quickly using repeatable fixtures and plates.