Renishaw's XR20-W rotary axis calibrator launched in November 2011 is very popular among users for reasons such as easier set-up and use, and a smaller and more compact package. These features allow users to test a wider range of machines, faster.
The new ‘off axis rotary software’ now extends the applications flexibility of Renishaw's XR20-W rotary axis calibrator further, allowing the device to be used even when it cannot be positioned directly on the rotary axis under test. Users can now test a greater number of different machine tools than was previously possible, giving a better return on investment and offering a more attractive service to their customers.
The XR20-W is a totally wireless accessory for use with Renishaw's XL-80 and ML10 laser measurement systems. Together, they enable the automatic measurement of rotary axis positioning performance with traceable ± 1arc second accuracy.
President Tony Morley of service and maintenance provider Morley Machine Alignment Inc, USA explains that the new Renishaw XR20-W rotary axis calibrator has transformed the way they calibrate rotary axes on machine tools. Compared to the devices previously used for the application, which were not only heavy, cumbersome and slow but also involved a challenging set-up, the new wireless XR20-W allows a quick and easy set-up, and is very user-friendly.
He adds that the XR20-W can even be used in ‘off centre’ applications such as trunnions and head type 5-axis machines. Thanks to a new methodology developed by Renishaw and their optional off axis rotary software, mechanical set-ups can be done quickly with just a simple generic mounting fixture, allowing the fully automatic test routine to proceed without delay.
In conclusion, Mr Morley said that the XR20-W helps them offer their customers (typically high end aerospace component manufacturers) an exceptionally high standard of service, which has taken their company from a 4-employee operation to a 20-strong team today.
Several users across the world have endorsed the Renishaw XR20-W rotary axis calibrators.
Satheesh Jayanna, Assistant Manager, Quality Assurance at Starrag India Private Limited, India, a machine tool manufacturer says that the XR20-W with Bluetooth wireless technology has improved their productivity and working safety.
Mr C S Venkatesh, DGM – Machine Building, Quality and Service, Machining Solutions Group, Kennametal India Limited, India comments that the machine calibration accuracy and the confidence level within their team have both increased immensely following the introduction of the XR20-W.
Mr Luke Wang, Assistant General Manager of Quality Control Department, Hurco, Taiwan observes that XR20-W features such as easy and flexible set-up, wireless operation and user-friendly software have helped reduce their test setup time by 40% and test run time by 20%. The Bluetooth wireless technology additionally facilitates safer testing, making supervision a non issue.
V Saravanan. Manager, Quality Assurance – Machine Tool Division at Lakshmi Machine Works Ltd, India adds that the XR20-W rotary calibrator is very compact and easy to align, allowing them to calibrate any angle with accuracy and reducing calibration time by 50%.
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