Process monitoring and automation

Process monitoring in the workshop environment is made easy with the rugged Equator gauging system. With its small size and ease of installation, the Equator is simply incorporated into automated lines and production cells.

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Better process feed-back and control

Cell factoryEquator can be used in a serial production line between turning centres, machining centres, grinders and other machines, or within a manufacturing cell to gauge components for multiple machines.  Equator can be operator loaded and gauging started within seconds, with maximum flexibility and the confidence of reliable gauging repeatability.

Equator can also be integrated into automated cells, using the optional I/O interface to connect it to a robot, or by outputting the gauging results to an SPC package. Some SPC packages also offer the ability to connect to certain modern machine tool controls to update offset values, for true automated process control.

Data from Equator can be used to update offsets repeatably and reliably, compensating for the effects of tool wear and thermal drift. When combined with robotic part handling, Equator supports fully automated in-line process control.

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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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