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SP600 scanning probe range

SP600 family of analogue scanning probes

  • SP600MHigh speed scanning up to 300 mm/s (11.81 in/s), fast point measurement and high frequency response
  • Three variants; SP600, SP600M and SP600Q allows the ideal probe match to suit the CMM
  • Measurement range of +/-1 mm in X, Y and Z
  • Stylus lengths up to 300 mm (11.81 in)
  • Low probing forces give maximum application flexibility
  • Extremely robust design will withstand moderate collisions
  • Fast and repeatable stylus changing enables the best solution for the application to be chosen and increases productivity - automatic changing with either SCR600 or SCP600 mounted on MRS / MRS2
  • Compatible with Renishaw's autochange rack systems (ACR1 or ACR3) to enable changing between other Renishaw autojointed probes
  • Excellent product life with an MTBF in excess of 50,000 hours gives low cost of ownership




SP600 SP600M SP600Q
  • Shank or clutch adaptor mounted probe
  • Autojoint mounted probe
  • PH10M PLUS / PH10MQ PLUS compatible
  • Automatically interchanged between other autojointed probes using ACR1 or ACR3
  • When used on PH10MQ PLUS, a PEM25 extension bar is required to acheive all B-axis positions for A-axis greater than 90°
  • Direct in-quill mounted probe
  • Suited to machines with small working volumes



SP600 dimensions


SP600M dimensions


SP600Q dimensions

NOTE: Dimensions in mm (in).


Principal application

High-speed, contact form scanning and fast point measurement applications

Probe attributes

3-axis measurement (X, Y, Z)

Linear and parallel motion in all axes

Measurement range

±1 mm (±0.04 in) in all axes and orientations with a 50 mm (1.97 in) 4.6 g (0.16 oz) stylus

Overtravel range

X, Y and -Z protected by a kinematic joint

Resolution with optional AC2 interface card

0.1 μm (0.000004 in)

Resolution with optional AC1 interface card

1 μm (0.00004 in)

Spring rate

1.2 N/mm (7.05 ozf) nominal (X, Y, Z)



M4 standard range


200 mm (7.87 in) maximum using SH600 STD / 300 mm (11.81 in) maximum using SH600 EX


50 g (1.76 oz) maximum


20% (X, Y, Z) typical



172 g (6.1 oz) (excluding shank)


216 g (7.6 oz)


299 g (10.5 oz)

Power supply

+12 V to -12 V, 5 V (±10%)

Outputs (X, Y, Z)

Analogue proportional

Voltage output scaling: 4 V to 8.5 V/mm (dependent on stylus)


Directly to UCC or AC1 / AC2 interface cards (ISA bus)



Adaptors to suit clutch, shank adaptor or CMM shank




Mounted directly to the quill of the CMM

Changing rack options

SCR600 4 port rack

SCP600 single port unit(s) mounted to the MRS

SH600 STD / SH600 EXT stylus holders

  • Provide overtravel protection and enable rapid and repeatable interchange between
    stylus configurations
  • Stylus changing can be automated by using the SCR600 stylus change rack or SCP600 stylus change ports mounted on an MRS / MRS2
  • SH600 STD can carry styli up to 200 mm (7.87 in) long
  • SH600 EXT can carry styli up to 300 mm (11.81 in) long

Principles of operation

  • SP600 mechanismMotion based on a system of parallel operating springs that support an arrangement of three light emitting diodes (LEDs)
  • The triangular shaped light-box is mounted on, and moves with the motion system - it contains three LEDs one for each axis
  • Light from the LEDs is focused into slits and shine onto three individual position sensitive detectors (PSDs) that are fixed to the body of the probe
  • Linearity specification of the PSDs used in the probe is better than 0.25%
  • The design gives an excellent self centring figure of <5 µm; a measure of its ability to return to zero mechanically when not in contact with the part
  • This low figure, although irrelevant to the probe's accuracy, enables the use of small deflections and therefore low contact forces
  • Probe output always gives its precise position relative to the probe body
  • Low mass, high structural stiffness and friction-free viscous damping give excellent dynamic performance characteristics

Part number

SP600 kits

SP600 shank mounted scanning probe kit


SP600M autojointed / multiwired scanning probe kit


SP600Q quill mounted scanning probe kit


SP600 stylus changing accessories

SCR600 stylus change rack for use with SP600M and SP600Q


SCP600 stylus change port to be mounted on MRS / MRS2 for use with SP600M and SP600Q


SH600-STD stylus holder for use with SP600M and SP600Q


SH600-EXT stylus holder for use with new SP600M and SP600Q's allows styli of up to 300 mm long to be used


SP600 interfaces and accessories

AC2 interface card for use with SP600M and SP600Q


PL112 PICS adaptor cable


PL113 overtravel adaptor cable