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Carl Zeiss unveils new roughness sensor

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The ZEISS ROTOS available from Carl Zeiss Pty Ltd is a new roughness sensor designed for standard-compliant inspection of roughness and waviness on a single coordinate measuring machine.

The ZEISS ROTOS roughness sensor therefore allows all features of a technical drawing to be fully captured with one CMM and displayed in one record, eliminating the need to transfer to a surface measuring instrument. Various measuring positions can be reached without rechucking and a fully automatic run is possible without the operator influencing the surface measurement.

Particularly suitable for the quality inspection of powertrain components, the roughness sensor enables a new, simpler workflow in quality assurance. Dr Dietrich Imkamp from ZEISS Industrial Metrology business group explains that ZEISS ROTOS creates true added value for customers with its simplified workflow providing more measuring certainty and enormous time savings.

Designed for users that inspect size, position or form on a coordinate measuring machine and also need to measure roughness and waviness on the same workpiece, the ZEISS ROTOS roughness sensor is used via the stylus changer interface on the probe of the CMM under full CNC control instead of clamping the workpiece on a contact stylus instrument. Users benefit from the significant time savings since the process takes just a few seconds compared to several minutes previously. Additionally, the susceptibility to errors throughout the process and operator influence are eliminated since it is no longer necessary to transport and clamp the part.

ZEISS ROTOS roughness sensors can be positioned flexibly to reach all surfaces on a part without rechucking. The sensor features a rotating/tilting axis, which can turn a full 360 degrees. The sensor can be tilted perpendicularly downward via the tilt axis to provide a tilt range of 160 degrees.

ZEISS ROTOS is connected to the measuring machine via the ZEISS VAST line of active probes, which dampen interferences from the machine and environment, and also determine the measuring position. Measurement data from ZEISS ROTOS is transmitted via Bluetooth to the analysis computer, and imported into ZEISS CALYPSO software via a machine driver, and can be exported with other measurement data in a common record.

Key benefits of a workflow with ZEISS ROTOS roughness sensors include improved measuring productivity, reliable and fully automatic measuring runs, and the common record, based on the seamless interaction between the sensor, measuring machine and software.

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