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Renishaw launches game-changing contact scanning system at MACH 2014

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Global engineering company Renishaw will introduce their new SPRINT high-speed contact scanning system for CNC machine tools at the MACH 2014.

The MACH 2014 will be held from 7 April to 11 April at the NEC in Birmingham, UK.

Renishaw’s SPRINT system incorporates a new generation of on-machine scanning technology that will deliver a step-change in the benefits of process control, enabling fast and accurate form and profile data capture from both prismatic and complex 3D components.

The SPRINT machine tool scanning system draws on Renishaw's partnerships with major businesses in key industrial sectors, and is designed to provide a game-changing capability for high value CNC manufacturing processes.

Visitors to Hall 5, Stand 5730 at the MACH 2014 will see that the SPRINT system provides unprecedented capability for blade tip refurbishment and root blending applications in blade manufacture. The high-speed measurement of blade sections coupled with high data integrity ensures the indication of true part condition leading to an adaptive machining capability. Automated routines such as set-up, blade alignment, blade scanning and data collection result in significant accuracy and cycle time improvements over touch-trigger systems.

For multi-task machining applications, the SPRINT machine tool scanning system offers users completely new process control capabilities, including exceptionally repeatable diameter measurement cycles. Measurement functionalities such as part run out, machine centreline and circularity, also serve to significantly enhance the manufacturing capability of multi-tasking machine tools.

Additional functionality offered by the SPRINT system provides a rapid health-check of a CNC machine tool's linear and rotary axes in seconds, making it possible to implement a daily machine monitoring regime with little or no operator involvement.

Each SPRINT application is enabled and supported by a software toolkit package dedicated to a specific industrial task. The toolkits include on-machine data analysis tools, which run automatically in-cycle and provide measurement feedback to a CNC machining process.

At the core of the SPRINT system is the revolutionary OSP60 scanning probe featuring an analogue sensor with 0.1 μm resolution in three dimensions, and providing exceptional accuracy and superior understanding of workpiece form. The analogue sensor technology in the probe provides a continuous deflection output that is combined with machine position to derive the true location of the part surface. Measuring 1000 true 3D data points per second, the system's superior analytical capabilities provide unparalleled opportunities for workpiece measurement, inspection, adaptive machining and on-machine process control, whilst optimising machine utilisation and cycle time. 

The SPRINT scanning system has also been designed to facilitate automated process control with no operator intervention required.

The SPRINT system enables a wide range of measurement and process control methods, reducing scrap and rework, while increasing machine capacity by lowering measurement cycle times.

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