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Training in the USA

Training options

The USA is the oldest and largest market for Renishaw calibration equipment. As such, regular group training has been a feature for over 15 years. A one day introductory ballbar course has been added in response to customer demand.

Having invested in the hardware, procedures and staff to operate them, these training courses are designed to ensure you get the maximum value from that investment.  Renishaw is pleased to offer the following training options for North American customers.

Ballbar classes (QC20-W and QC10)

Introduction to ballbar testing (one day course)

This short course gives you the essentials of ballbar use whether you are a user or just interested to learn more. Also ideal as an introduction to the four day course below. It is a hands on training class held in the state-of-the-art HTEC training facility within the Indiana Center for Applied Technology (ICAT) building at Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN. This class has been developed as a joint initiative between Renishaw and Vincennes University. Further information on the VU HTEC training can be found at vuhtec.org

Renishaw Inc is also pleased to announce a new partnership with Jeffreys Manufacturing Solutions – a Division of Phillips Corporation. With this new partnership comes the same trusted instruction of the Introductory Ballbar class in a new location. The training is held at Jeffreys, Greenville Technical College Center for Manufacturing Innovation in Greenville, South Carolina.

Ballbar testing and machine metrology (four day course)

Class covers the basics of machine metrology and ballbar testing. Each class covers a series of general topics (see below) ensuring that the student has a good understanding of the fundamentals of machine tool performance measurement and testing. Primarily classroom based, students will also have the opportunity to get some hands on experience putting what they have learned into practice. The comprehensive class is held at the Renishaw Inc. facility near to Chicago, IL.

General ballbar metrology class topics:

  • Introduction
  • Types of error
  • History of units
  • Improving metrology with unit selection
  • PPM formula for success
  • Axis nomenclature
  • Machine tool coordinate systems
  • 6/13/21 degrees of freedom
  • Measuring error with other instruments
  • Temperature and displacement
  • Ballbar hardware
  • How CNC machines perform circular tool paths
  • Interpreting radial deviation
  • Using analysis software
  • Trending error
  • Using capture software
  • Setting up the telescoping ballbar test
  • Running your first test
  • Volumetric measurement with the ballbar
  • Evaluating measured results
  • Making changes in the machine control

We strongly recommend that ballbar users planning to take the ballbar class obtain and view a copy of the 'Getting Started with Ballbar' DVD presentation before attending.

The  DVD is available, free of charge, from Renishaw by calling (847) 286-9953, by sending an e-mail request to usa@renishaw.com or can be viewed on our Training videos page.

Ballbar schedule - Introductory

Ballbar class dates - 2017

Class type

Location

Tuesday, 21st March 2017   (Closed)IntroductoryVincennes University
Tuesday, 18th April 2017Introductory Vincennes University
Tuesday, 16th May 2017IntroductoryVincennes University
Tuesday, 13th June 2017IntroductoryVincennes University
Tuesday, 18th July 2017IntroductoryVincennes University
Tuesday, 15th August 2017IntroductoryVincennes University
Tuesday, 19th September 2017IntroductoryVincennes University
Tuesday, 17th October 2017IntroductoryVincennes University
Tuesday, 21st November 2017IntroductoryVincennes University
Tuesday, 19th December 2017IntroductoryVincennes Univeristy

Ballbar schedule - Comprehensive

Ballbar class dates - 2017

Class type

Location

Tuesday, 9th May - Friday, 12th May 2017        (Closed)             

Comprehensive

Renishaw Inc

Tuesday, 11th July - Friday, 14th July 2017       (Closed) ComprehensiveRenishaw Inc
Tuesday, 12th September - Friday, 15th September 2017Comprehensive Renishaw Inc
Tuesday, 14th November - Friday, 17th November 2017ComprehensiveRenishaw Inc

Laser classes (XL-80 and ML10)

Laser measurement and machine metrology (four day course)

Covers basics of machine metrology and use of laser measurement systems. Each class covers a series of general topics (see below) ensuring that the student has a good understanding of the fundamentals of machine tool performance, measurement and testing.

Primarily classroom based, students will also have the opportunity to get some hands on experience in our on-site demonstration facility putting what they have learned into practice. The comprehensive class is held at the Renishaw Inc. facility near to Chicago, IL.

General laser metrology class topics:

  • Introduction
  • Safety
  • Classifications of measurements
  • Displacement measurement units
  • History of units
  • Measurement unit selection
  • Basic metrology formulas
  • Thermal expansion
  • Machine coordinate system
  • 6/13/21 degrees of freedom
  • Feedback systems error
  • Error correction
  • Absolute and incremental error
  • Hardware and theory
  • System accuracy
  • Linear measurement optics
  • Environmental compensation
  • Factors affecting accuracy
  • Accessory components
  • Angular measurement optics
  • Straightness measurement optics
  • Rotary axis measurement
  • Optics setup and laser alignment
  • Using capture and analysis software
  • Setting up and capturing linear, angular and straightness measurements
  • Creating compensation tables
  • Evaluating measured results
  • Making changes in the machine control

Laser schedule

Laser class dates - 2017

Class type

Location

Tuesday, 4th April - Friday, 7th April 2017ComprehensiveRenishaw Inc
Tuesday, 6th June - Friday, 9th June 2017ComprehensiveRenishaw Inc
Tuesday, 8th August - Friday, 11th August 2017ComprehensiveRenishaw Inc
Tuesday, 17th October - Friday 20th October 2017ComprehensiveRenishaw Inc 
Tuesday, 12th December - Friday, 15th December 2017Comprehensive Renishaw Inc 

Prices

Please call (847) 286-9953 for current pricing or e-mail us at usa@renishaw.com. The fee for the class includes all required books and materials. Lunch will be provided Tuesday through Thursday for students attending comprehensive classes at the Renishaw facility in Hoffman Estates. Please note that all classes must be pre-paid and that reservations cannot be guaranteed until paid for in full.

Location

Vincennes University, ICAT Building, 1002 North First Street, Vincennes, IN 47591. T. (812) 888-4159
Vincennes University is situated in South West Indiana and is accessible by air via either Evansville (EVV) or Indianapolis (IND).

Phillips Corp – Jeffreys, Greenville Technical College Center for Manufacturing Innovation, 757 Millenium Blvd, Greenville, SC 29607. T. (864) 363-5619
Phillips Corp – Jeffreys HAAS and OKK Showroom is located in Greenville South Carolina and is accessible by air via either Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) or Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT).

Renishaw Inc, 1001 Weseman Drive, West Dundee, IL 60118.  T. (847) 286-9953
Renishaw is approximately a 35 minute drive from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and close to several hotels, restaurants, shopping and leisure facilities.

Registration

To register for classes at either location, please contact Ann Molloy (ann.molloy@renishaw.com) or Maureen Lahey (maureen.lahey@renishaw.com) on (847) 286-9953. Please be aware that class sizes are limited and that registration will close when that limit is reached.

Bespoke training and advanced classes

In additional to our published schedule, we also offer bespoke training classes tailored to your specific needs and requirements. To discuss your specific training needs, please contact our Calibration department at calsupport.usa@renishaw.com or call (847) 286-9953.