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Improved non-contact tool setting solutions from Renishaw

22 June 2017

Renishaw, a world-leading engineering technologies company, will introduce its enhanced and extended NC4 non-contact tool setting solution for machining centres at EMO Hannover 2017, Germany (18th–23rd September, hall 6, stand B46).

Building on the highly successful and proven design of the existing NC4 system, this enhanced solution introduces a range of additional features and options to satisfy the demands of the rapidly evolving manufacturing environment.

Comprising the NC4 non-contact tool setter and NCi-6 interface, the system provides a high-speed, high-precision solution to determine tool geometry, check tool condition and track thermal changes on a range of 3-axis and 5-axis machining centres.

By automatically monitoring these variables – at speeds that are up to ten times faster than alternative, error-prone manual methods – the NC4 system helps to guarantee ‘right-first-time' components, reduce scrap and rework, and increase profitable, productive on-machine time.

Significantly improved measurement accuracy and robustness

A new ‘Dual measurement' mode considerably reduces cycle time and ensures more robust performance in wet conditions, while upgraded optics improve tool-to-tool measurement accuracy and make the system particularly suitable for small diameter tools.

Renishaw's compact, integrated air blast is now a standard feature of the NC4 system, ensuring swift and efficient removal of machining debris and coolant prior to measurement.

Ease of installation and operation

To achieve simplified installation, a new connector-based installation is available as an option, which facilitates quick and simple retrofit, service and repair of NC4 hardware.

Simplification of the calibration process has been achieved through the introduction of an alignment target, which identifies the correct position for the calibration artefact and the optimal measuring position within the beam.

Significant programming benefits are also available, with NC4 support now embedded into Renishaw's extensive range of graphical user interfaces, plus on-machine and mobile apps including GoProbe and Set and Inspect. These intuitive apps provide a programming environment that allows even new and inexperienced users to generate probe commands in minutes.

To maximise system flexibility and the range of applications that can benefit from this new technology, the enhanced NC4 is available in a range of unit sizes (from 115 mm to 300 mm) and with a choice of two beam heights (31 mm and 50 mm).

System hardware is fully backwards compatible to support the existing installed base of NC4 non-contact tool setters.

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