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Laser Encoders Deliver Part-Per-Million Accuracy in Composite Machining

Laser encoders from Renishaw deliver part-per-million accuracy during week-long machining cycles on 40 meter long composite wing skins being built by Flow Corporation. 
Other Gages and Gaging Equipment: Articles

Back to Basics: How Air Gaging Works

Air gaging technology is continually improving as computer technology continues to evolve.  These systems can range from simple desktop readouts to full SPC computers with contour scanning capabilities.  As manufacturing requirements continue to become more complex, air gaging technology evolves to meet the demand.  For these reasons, air gaging will remain a viable measuring solution for generations to come.
Air gaging technology has its roots back over 70 years and is today a viable and highly reliable method for many applications in industries where a high volume of parts is produced or where the precision of hard-to-access dimensions makes other measuring techniques impossible.

Direct Load Position Sensing with Secondary Feedback Encoders

An adjustable cylinder honing tool in operation. By comparing the indicated positions of rotary and linear encoders to one another, the motion control system can monitor mechanical drive wear and tear over time. As the drive begins to exhibit increasing play and slop, the amount
of deviation between the two readings will increase and provide valuable information for preventive maintenance and predictive failure. (Photo courtesy of Fraunhofer)
To help verify machine tool accuracy in closed-loop motion control systems, direct load monitoring using secondary feedback encoders eliminates common sources of position error — mechanical backlash, non-linearity, and hysteresis — and saves money along the way.

As The World Turns

Robot places a machined bearing into the Equator’s measuring envelope (foreground), with part conveyor and Okuma twin-spindle lathe in background. Aluminum block on Equator’s fixture plate has hole in center which Equator uses to set its coordinate system. Part is placed in center of block for measurement.
A process-controlled hard turning cell in this Texas machine shop deploys programmable gages for measuring and sorting mud-motor bearings – and the cell pays for itself in 18 days.

Hard Gaging Goes Soft

Equator measurement results are presented as variable data so the machinist can compare the current part with recent measurements, rather than get a simple pass/fail result.
Jet engine component maker Meyer Tool reduces its hard gage costs by replacing multiple costly hard gages with a single software-driven Equator gage from Renishaw.


Other Gages and Gaging Equipment: Industry News

Hexagon Metrology to Cohost Workshop with the National Institute for Aviation Research

Hexagon Metrology's workshop will focus on measurement solutions for common aerospace challenges.

Direct Interface Between CGTech and ZOLLER TMS Tool Management Solutions

Direct interface between CGTech Zoller and ZOLLER TMS Tool Management Solutions.
CNC verification and simulation software developer CGTech and ZOLLER, a presetting and measuring machine manufacturer, announce a newly developed tooling management interface that increases overall machining effectiveness by reducing the operating costs in tool presetting, simulation and prove-out.

Metrology Conference Brims with 3D Measurement Innovations and Information

The Coordinate Metrology Society's Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference attracted more than 500 professionals worldwide in the 3D portable measurement and inspection field.


Other Gages and Gaging Equipment: Products

Compact Manual Balancing Systems

The CNC interface on the dedicated control and the magnetic mounting are unique features SB-2000-P (shown here). The SB-2000 includes a dedicated CNC/PLC interface to alert the machine when vibration exceeds specified limits so that personnel may intervene to rebalance the machine.
The SB-2000 and the portable SB-2000-P from Schmitt Industries provide exceptional balancing accuracy to within 0.02 µ displacement in a spindle speed range of 30 to 100,000 rpm.

Advanced Monitoring of Complex Machining Operations

The flexible interface of the Artis CTM V6 integrates within many environments for comprehensive protection of tools and machines; process optimization; lowering of unit costs by reducing the number of rejects; perfect adjustment even in the case of complex processes; and seamlessly documented component quality.
The new generation Artis CTM V6 system from Marposs monitors the machine tool, tooling, coolant flow and related process operations to safeguard and enhance complex machining applications, such as gear hobbing, deep hole drilling and more.

Efficient Metals Impact Testing To Charpy And Izod Standards

The MPX Series from Instron offers a range of testing capabilities from 300 Joules to 900 Joules and it comes standard with Fracta™ Software, which allows for reliable data acquisition and reporting of absorbed energy. If more advanced impact analysis and reporting is needed, upgrading to Impulse™ Data Acquisition Software and instrumentation will allow for direct measurement of impact force and striker velocity.
The MPX Series of motorized pendulum impact testers from Instron are essential for metals impact testing to Charpy and Izod standards.