Fully automated process control
Hardware and software for the Equator™ gauging system has been designed from the outset to be equally suited to manual or automated operation. Equator can be used in a production line between turning centres, machining centres, grinders and other machine tools. With the ability to switch between parts in seconds, a single Equator system is able to gauge components from multiple machines in a manufacturing cell.
The Equator gauge gives us a complete and comprehensive alternative - by analysing the features to be gauged and controlled, we realised that the Renishaw Equator can gauge everything - distances, dimensions and diameters.
Using EZ-IO to integrate gauging within an automated cell
The Equator automation kit consists of the EQIO interface and EZ-IO software, enabling integration of Equator with automated loading in manufacturing cells within smart factories. For example, EQIO and EZ-IO can be used to connect to a simple shuttle system or robot, accept commands to commence gauging when a part has been loaded, switch gauging programs, and tell the robot if a part has passed or failed so that it can place the part in the appropriate location.
Custom inputs and outputs in Equator programs
The built-in custom signals function allows for customisation of the digital I/O to enable inputs and outputs to be directly controlled from the DMIS program. This powerful facility means the programmer can set up Equator to interact directly with external equipment that is connected to the EQIO digital I/O interface.