Testing machines can be time consuming. One option to not only test a wider range of machines but to do so more quickly is the XR20-W, rotary axis calibrator. This device is a wireless accessory for use with Renishaw’s XL-80 and ML10 laser measurement systems.
The calibrator and its RotaryXL software enable automatic measurement of rotary axis positioning performance, with traceable ± 1 arc second accuracy. It offers easy set-up and use in a smaller and more compact package.
The applications flexibility extends to the off-axis rotary software. This software allows the XR20-W to be used when it cannot be positioned directly on the rotary axis under test, thus, transforming the previous calibration methods for machine tools. Before, technicians relied upon two devices: the RX10 and the Morleyometer, for applications where the calibrator could not be mounted on the center of rotation. Although the RX10 and the Morleyometer worked together well, they were heavy, cumbersome and slow. Set up would present challenges. Associated cables and fixtures needed great care, ensuring testing proceeded smoothly. Now, the off center applications also apply to trunnions and head type 5-axis machines. With this methodology, mechanical set-ups are done with a generic mounting fixture, allowing the fully automatic test routine to proceed without delay.
For use in the calibration of all rotary axes, its simplified alignment methods and user friendly software have increased accuracy and save time compared to alternative methods.
Used in the calibration of all rotary axes, while meeting international standards, the features include: reducing test setup time by 40%; test run time by 20%; reduced calibration time by 50%; and, Bluetooth wireless technology, which improves productivity and safety without disruption to the shop floor.
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