The Renishaw Process Control Road Show travels to Texas with four half-day sessions featuring metrology solutions to improve machining performance and increase manufacturing process capability. On January 20 the Road Show will be in Irving, TX, before moving to Houston on January 22. The seminar will be offered twice in each city, with morning sessions beginning at 9:00 a.m. and afternoon sessions at 1:30 p.m. Both morning and afternoon attendees are invited to a hot lunch served between sessions (12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.). The events are presented in conjunction with software providers Prolink and Applied Automation Technologies (AAT), as well as hosts DMG Mori Ellison and Mazak. Content will focus on Renishaw’s Productive Process Pyramid, a systematic approach to reducing waste and variation in manufacturing processes through a variety of innovative technologies, proven software and expert support. Each presentation will include a full line-up of advanced machine tool and calibration technologies operating on complex, energy-relevant parts. Highlights include details on high-speed comparative gauging with Renishaw’s Equator, 5-axis scanning technologies and additive manufacturing systems. The event is free, though participants must register at renishaw.eventbrite.com and select which session they plan to attend.
The Renishaw Productive Process Pyramid provides a building-block approach to eliminating variation at its source, controlling it from the bottom up in four steps: establish stable machine operating conditions; address predictable sources of variation, such as location of the part, size of tools and offsets; deliver intelligent in-process feedback; and ensure the process and the part are checked against specifications via post-process monitoring.
Prolink offers an entire suite of software solutions to automate data collection and quality analysis information and share it organization-wide. The company’s QC-CALC statistical process control (SPC) program is compatible with Renishaw’s most advanced metrology hardware. It automatically collects data, creates a database, and displays the collected information in graph form with easy filtering for detection of negative trends and generation of exception reports.
AAT’s Computer Aided Part Programming System (CAPPS) software includes a machine tool metrology program, CAPPS-NC, and brings the measurement capabilities of CMMs to CNC machines. CAPPS-NC interfaces with multi-axis machining centers and multi-styli probe configurations, and is used for on-machine, in-process metrology applications to provide closed-loop feedback to the manufacturing process. Other CAPPS software includes CAPPS-OFFLINE, a full-featured offline CMM programming package that simulates the total inspection process, and CAPPS-DMIS, the first CAD-based CMM metrology software for the retrofit and OEM markets. CAPPS-DMIS runs the latest probe technology from Renishaw, such as the PH20 and REVO.