Following the simple procedures given below will prolong the operational life and maintain the high performance of the system. The user should determine the frequency of inspection and maintenance actions according to the conditions of use.
The head labels are best cleaned with a slightly damp cloth. All other system components should be cleaned using a soft, lint free cloth and must be kept dry.
The kinematic coupling mechanisms incorporated throughout the system have precision ball seating and permanent magnets. It is recommended that all these features be cleaned before first use, and thereafter at regular intervals. The frequency of cleaning depends on the local environment conditions, but should be at least every 500 changes.
A cleaning kit for the precision ball seating and permanent magnet is available from your Renishaw supplier (part number A-1085-0016). It comprises strips of ‘yellow tack' material. Use the yellow tack to clean the areas indicated with arrows on the image below.
With clean hands, tear off a small piece, shape into a small ball and press into/onto each of the features in turn, rotating to a fresh piece of material as you work around.
CAUTION: Ensure no yellow tack debris is left on the surface. The yellow tack should not be used for the optical windows.
The electrical contacts indicated with arrows in the image below should be carefully cleaned using an alcohol based cleaner.
Optical windows should be cleaned by first blowing or brushing away any debris followed by wiping with a lint-free cloth and a suitable alcohol based cleaner such as isopropyl alcohol (IPA).
Stylus balls, threads and mating faces should be cleaned using a proprietary cleaning cloth or solvent. Stylus balls should be regularly inspected for damage or ‘pick-up' of component material.
Renishaw offers a range of ball materials suited to scanning of different component materials. See the Styli and accessories - technical specifications guide (Renishaw part number H-1000-3200).
Periodically visually inspect the SFA for scratches.
Rack port maintenance
Periodic cleaning of the ports, lids and outer surfaces, using a soft, lint free cloth, is recommended to prevent contamination of stored probes and modules.
A port replacement kit for FCR25 is available to allow the user to service ports should they become worn or damaged (Renishaw part number A-5036-0049).
A lid replacement kit for RCP2 is also available (Renishaw part number A-3061-1962).
The maintenance of the optical windows in the REVO-2 system
The REVO-2 probe and stylus holder optical windows should be cleaned using a proprietary lens cleaning kit to blow or brush debris away from the window, then carefully wiped with lint free cloth and isopropyl alcohol (IPA). Extreme care must be taken to avoid damaging the optical coating or scratching the glass.
NOTE: Cleanliness of the optical windows is important to maintain the highest level of performance of the probe and stylus holder.