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DuraMax scanning measuring machine from Carl Zeiss

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Carl Zeiss  have introduced DuraMax, 3D coordinate measuring machine (CMM). The scanning measuring machine, DuraMax features the VAST XXT sensor, is a suitable replacement for all types of gages. It can be used in any size workshop or inline process control. With DuraMax, Carl Zeiss responds to customer demands for CNC scanning measuring technology with a small machine as close to production processes as possible.

DuraMax is suitable for process control on the production floor, for the quick in-between inspection of small workpieces and for testing volume parts directly in production. DuraMax replaces traditional measuring equipment such as height gages, ring gages, snap gages, plug gages, form measuring machines, workshop measuring equipment and manual measuring machines.

DuraMax meets the needs of users of dimensional measuring technology in many aspects, its low total price offers customers affordable access to ZEISS scanning. Users learn how to operate the machine and perform measurements. The ease of use makes this ‘Scanning machine for everyone’ a suitable replacement tool. If modifications are made to the product to be tested, standard inspection procedures often require new, expensive gages. DuraMax, however, is a CNC all-rounder that, when combined with CAD-based CALYPSO measuring software, quickly, easily and reproducibly measures all changes.

As a tabletop CMM or with an optional base DuraMax can be ideally loaded from four sides, DuraMax offers a new concept and stands out as a result of a modern and attractive design. Scanning is a standard feature of DuraMax, but it also offers single-point probing. The VAST XXT sensor scans with high speed. It is known for precision measurements and provides dimensional information on the part features. Whether gaps, angles or diameters, roundness or straightness, borehole patterns or curves DuraMax can be utilised for all measuring tasks. DuraMax is powerful when combined with CALYPSO software, the standard software for all ZEISS coordinate measuring machines.

DuraMax stands for its durability and robustness and withstands rough environments and demonstrates its high stability over a broad temperature range. At a temperature range of 18°C to 30° C, DuraMax exceeds current expectations. The MPE values range between 2.4 + L/300 µm at 18°C to 22° C and 2.9 + L/200 µm at 18°C to 30° C. These are pioneering features in this class.

While measuring, the passive vibration damping offers protection against mechanical vibrations from production. Glass ceramic length measuring systems for the three axes and axes protected with bellows, precise linear guideways and rigid, limited drives ensure precise measuring even under poor environmental conditions. The measuring volume (500mm x 500mm x 500mm) is large for a measuring machine in this class. The installation dimensions, however, are surprisingly small.An additional benefit is the compact design of DuraMax. If needed, it can be quickly moved to a different location within the facility, only a forklift is needed. Once connected to a power source it is immediately ready for action. This is possible because pressurised air is not required.

The important features of DuraMax are its suitability for a rough production environment, the high permissible temperature variations, the proven and pioneering ZEISS scanning methods, the minimal space requirements and the attractive price. Plug and Scan was implemented into a convincing machine concept in accordance with customer wishes.

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