Ballbar 20 software for QC20-W and QC10

Key features of Ballbar 20 software include support for 220° 'partial arc' testing (QC20-W only, with optional hardware) and 'volumetric diagnostics'.

Ballbar 20 software is currently available as a 'free of charge' upgrade.

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Ballbar 20 software has been developed for use with the QC20-W wireless ballbar system but is also compatible with existing QC10 ballbars, it can even use existing Ballbar 5 test files and templates. This means that you can use a single software programme even if you use both QC10 and QC20-W

Key new features:

Process foundation - expenditure

  • Volumetric diagnostics - Allows you to select 3 test files from orthogonal planes (subject to matching criteria) and display on a single page. A new analysis finds overall max & min circularity values to give 'sphericity' and also shows individual test circularity results.
    (Note: volumetric analysis will only work with test data files collected using Ballbar 20 software).
  • Latest standards - Diagnosis now available to ISO 230-4:2005 and ASME B5.54-2008 whilst retaining option to analyse to previous issues of these standards.
  • Export and import machine folders and files - Allows service engineers to easily update and share data located on a central/shared directory.
  • 'Clone' machines function - Makes it easier to create multiple similar machines by selecting an existing machine and then 'cloning' and editing.
  • Repeat/multiple tests (in advanced mode only) - Allows a user selected number of sequential tests to be performed, with automatic data file saving (and file reference name incrementing).
  • User defined data file path - Overcomes admin access issues to data stored in 'program files' folders (a solution to security features in Windows Vista software).

Existing features of Renishaw ballbar software

Comprehensive test and reporting

Ballbar 20 enables you to set up and run ballbar tests, either as a 'one off' or using a customer defined test template. Captured data can be displayed as analysis reports in a variety of international standards e.g. ISO 230-4, ANSI B5.54 etc., as well as a comprehensive Renishaw analysis format. In addition to the graphical trace display, Ballbar 20 software ranks each diagnosed error according to its impact on overall machine accuracy which is clearly stated along with a value for positional tolerance.

Machine performance history

Ballbar 20 history

Using a customer defined test template to allow 'like for like' you can now clearly see how many of the machine performance characteristics measured by the ballbar (e.g. ISO 230-4 circular and radial deviations, positional tolerance, squareness, backlash etc) have varied over a period of time. In short, it compiles a complete ballbar 'medical record' for the machine!

The plots make trends clearly visible, allowing maintenance requirements to be scheduled in advance, whilst plot discontinuities help fault diagnosis after a machine crash.

You can also set warning and failure tolerances on any of the machine's characteristics measured by the QC20-W ballbar. Once set, these tolerances are displayed on the history graphs and are also used to instantly check the results of every ballbar test as it is carried out. 

'Part program generator'  

QC20-W part program generator

This enables you to quickly and automatically generate ballbar test CNC part programs.  Just set up the test and then select a machine controller type (several defaults supplied with the software but these can be added to and customised).  With a single click you can then generate a programme for further editing if required and downloading for transfer to the CNC.  Generated programmes can be stored in the software for future use.


Ballbar plot simulator

Ballbar 20 plot simulator

Predicts the effect of maintenance and adjustment on a machine's performance.

Allows the user to see the test results recreated on screen, and then has the facility to change various machine geometry, play and dynamic parameters, to try 'what if' scenarios on the ballbar plot and on circularity and positional tolerance values. As this is done on a separate simulator there is no chance of corrupting the original test data.


Multilingual support

QC20-W multilingual support

Ballbar 20 software includes the following supported languages: English, Czech, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. Please check for latest language options. Note that Ballbar 20 allows alternative language report generation, independent of the software operating language, ideal if you need to supply test reports to overseas customers.


Comprehensive file administration.

Set up folders for machine location, machine type etc. so that test data is easily located.

Selectable user modes

Ballbar 20 is simple to use, but with 3 different operation modes you can restrict the options available to suit your needs and the level of operator skills and authorisation.

Quick Check - Use for one-off testing of machines with different set-ups.

Operator - Use for regular comparative testing of a machine's condition. Pre-defined test templates speed up the machine check and ensure consistency of set-up.

Advanced - Full access to set-up, edit and organise machine data

Software upgrades

Renishaw has a policy of regularly updating its software to fix bugs, add functionality, extend language support, reflect changes in standards and respond to changes in Microsoft software.

If you are not using the latest software you could be missing out on these features. Since using Renishaw ballbar is about quick and simple diagnosis we want as many customers as possible to benefit from this revised software.

The upgrade below is available FREE OF CHARGE. Either download from this website or contact your local Renishaw office for a CD, whichever suits you best.

Ballbar 20 V5.09.09

  • Software release note: Ballbar 20 (V5.09.09) Software release note: Ballbar 20 (V5.09.09)

    Important information concerning installation and use of Ballbar 20 V5.09.09. It is recommended to read this before downloading or installing software.

  • Software download: Ballbar 20 V5.09.09

    Current software shipped with all QC20-W ballbar kits but also compatible with QC10 ballbars. PC requirements: Windows 7 or Windows 8. Microsoft.NET software V3.5 or higher will automatically be installed if required; please note this may take an additional 15 minutes.



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