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Renishaw’s Bluetooth-integrated QC20-W telescoping ballbars make CNC machine testing faster and safer

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Renishaw’s Bluetooth-integrated QC20-W telescoping ballbars launched in November 2009 has received positive feedback from users worldwide.

The upgraded machine tool performance monitoring device offers several advantages over Renishaw’s QC10 product including reducing set-up time as well as speedier and safer operations.

Incorporating Bluetooth wireless technology, Renishaw's new QC20-W telescoping ballbars are designed for CNC machine testing applications.

Peter Jönsson, Managing Director of NC Service, a Swedish machine tool service and maintenance company comments that they have been able to reduce the setup-time, thereby speeding up their operations. Additionally, safer operation is enabled as the testing can be done from outside the closed safety doors.

Other advantages of the QC20-W ballbar include the volumetric analysis function and the user-friendly Ballbar20 software.

UK-based service and maintenance provider, Dave Wigmore of Wigmore CNC is also impressed with the new ballbar system. Listing out its advantages, Wigmore says that the QC20-W data is analysed by the software to find machine errors that would normally go undetected.

Emphasising the equipment’s importance in CNC machine tool maintenance applications, he says that QC20-W ballbar is a key component of machine tool servicing, helping to foresee costly major repairs that can be avoided with corrective maintenance.

Key features of Renishaw QC20-W ballbars:

  • Enables the user to quickly diagnose and quantify machine positioning errors, giving an overall 'circularity' error value as per ISO and other standards 
  • Bluetooth wireless technology allows simplified and consistent ballbar testing in 3 orthogonal planes 
  • Single, simple hardware set up speeds up testing process 
  • Produces a representative volumetric measurement of positioning accuracy 
  • Language support currently being extended to Portuguese, Romanian, Turkish, Swedish and Hungarian 
  • Both software and key hardware features ensure backward compatibility for QC10 system users worldwide through stress-free upgrades 
  • Exchange QC20-W upgrade kit available for QC10 ballbar users at a very competitive price 
Renishaw Oceania represents the Renishaw group in Australia and New Zealand.

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