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New machine tool testing system from Renishaw offers fast, automated checks for multi-axes machine tools

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article image AxiSet Check-Up machine tool testing sphere on 5-axis table

The AxiSet Check-Up is a new cost-effective solution for checking the alignment and positioning performance of rotary axes, and extends Renishaw Oceania 's existing range of machine tool testing systems.

With the AxiSet Check-Up machine tool testing system, a matter of minutes is all users of five-axis machining centres and multi-tasking mill-turn machines need to identify and report on poor machine alignments and geometry that can cause extended process setting times.
Vital to precision machining is the ability to understand the location of the centres of rotation of the rotary axes relative to the machine’s linear axes. Without accurate data about these pivot points, a machine’s controller is unable to reliably control the relative positions of the tool and the component as the rotary axes are moving, leading to inconsistent machining results. 

With the multi-axis machinery market experiencing strong growth in recent years, this recent introduction of the AxiSet Check-Up machine tool testing system is a simple yet reliable solution for analysing the performance of a machine's rotary axes or identifying problems caused by incorrect machine set-up, collisions, or wear. 

Renishaw’s AxiSet Check-Up machine tool testing system provides accurate and repeatable test results using automated probing routines to gather performance data from a reference artefact. All tests utilise existing spindle-mounted Renishaw touch probes with probing routines generated using machine-specific macro software supplied with the AxiSet Check-Up unit.

Set-up of the AxiSet Check-Up is quick and easy. To perform the test the user quickly locates a supplied calibration sphere within the machine tool’s working envelope using a magnetic mount. Using the supplied custom macro software, a touch probe is then programmed to automatically take reference measurements around the sphere.

With the AxiSet Check-Up users have full control and can define their own test angles, to ensure individual machines are tested at the correct orientations.

Measurement results from the AxiSet Check-Up machine tool test are output to a PC where a spreadsheet presents an easily comprehended analysis of the data and compares machine performance with defined tolerances. All spreadsheet analysis can be incorporated in a simple report generated using Microsoft Word.

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