Training in the USA

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.

This year we are adding a one-day introductory ballbar course in response to customer demand.

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Training in USA

Renishaw is pleased to offer the following training options for North American customers:

Ballbar classes (QC20-W and QC10)

  • Ballbar training at Vincennes UniversityIntroduction to ballbar testing. Duration, one day. 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
  • Ballbar testing and machine metrology.  Duration, four days. 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 or by sending an e-mail request to usa@renishaw.com.

Laser classes (XL-80 and ML10)

XL-80 laser with operator

Laser measurement and machine metrology. Duration, four days. 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

A proven success

Established and improved over 15 years, many customers have sent multiple staff through these courses. Recent testimonials include:

'A lot of material was covered in the 3½ days we were at Renishaw. The visual aids were very good and the interaction between the trainer and our class added to the experience. The 'hands on' with the VMC was a great aid and having lunch on the site helped keep all of us focused and encouraged interaction between everyone in the class. I look forward to improving the value of the diagnostics we get from our ballbar here at Silfex.' -Wayne Ross, Senior Mfg Manager, Silfex Inc - Ballbar class Nov 2012.

'From 4 years of college courses, 5 years in the USAF, and 5 years of training from my company, your class was the most informative I've attended' - Course attendee 2012.

'...this diagnosis and repair would not have been possible without the expertise and training from Renishaw Inc. I highly recommend that all facilities with machine tools be sent on the Renishaw QC10 Ballbar and Metrology training course. My honest opinion is that this class was the best training I have had in the 23 years I have been working on machine tools.' -Machine shop supervisor at a major US auto manufacturer.

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.


Schedule

 Ballbar class dates - 2014 Class type Location
 Tuesday, 14th January - Friday 17th January 2014 Comprehensive Renishaw Inc
 Tuesday, 21st January 2014 Introductory Vincennes University
 Tuesday, 18th February 2014 Introductory Vincennes University
 Tuesday, 11th March - Friday, 14th March 2014                             CLOSED Comprehensive Renishaw Inc
 Tuesday, 18th March 2014 Introductory Vincennes University
 Tuesday, 15th April 2014 Introductory Vincennes University
 Tuesday, 20th May - Friday, 23rd May 2014 Comprehensive Renishaw Inc
 Tuesday, 20th May 2014 Introductory Vincennes University
 Tuesday, 17th June 2014 Introductory Vincennes University
 Tuesday, 15th July - Friday, 18th July 2014 Comprehensive Renishaw Inc
 Tuesday, 15th July 2014 Introductory Vincennes University
 Tuesday, 19th August 2014 Introductory Vincennes University
 Tuesday, 16th September - Friday, 19th September 2014 Comprehensive Renishaw Inc
 Tuesday, 16th September 2014 Introductory Vincennes University
 Tuesday, 21st October 2014 Introductory Vincennes University
 Tuesday, 11th November - Friday 14th November 2014 Comprehensive Renishaw Inc
 Tuesday, 18th November 2014 Introductory Vincennes University
 Tuesday, 16th December 2014 Introductory Vincennes University
 
 Laser class dates - 2014 Class type Location
 Tuesday, February 18th - Friday, February 21st 2014                    CLOSED Comprehensive Renishaw Inc           
 Tuesday, April 8th - Friday, April 11th 2014 Comprehensive Renishaw Inc
 Tuesday, June 17th - Friday, June 20th 2014 Comprehensive Renishaw Inc
 Tuesday, August 19th - Friday, August 22nd 2014 Comprehensive Renishaw Inc
 Tuesday, October 14th - Friday, October 17th 2014 Comprehensive Renishaw Inc
 Tuesday, December 16th - Friday, December 19th 2014 Comprehensive 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).

Renishaw Inc, 5277 Trillium Boulevard, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192.  T. 847-286-9953
Renishaw is approximately a 25 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 Steve Antongiovanni (steve.antongiovanni@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 Mike Wilm at michael.wilm@renishaw.com

Next steps

Contact us online if you require more information or you have a pricing query, or alternatively you may like to speak directly to your local Renishaw office.