Global engineering technologies company, Renishaw has received a Queen's Award for Enterprise 2012 in the Innovations category for its highly innovative SP80 ultra-high accuracy analogue scanning probe.
This is the company's 15th Queen's Award since its formation in 1973, and sixth in just nine years.
The SP80 scanning probe is used on coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) for the highly accurate measurement of complex parts such as automotive and power train components.
According to Sir David McMurtry, Renishaw's Chairman and Chief Executive, each of the Queen's Awards received by the company is very special because the rigorous independent judging process ensures that they are rightly regarded as the UK's most prestigious awards for recognising commercial and technological success.
The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are made each year by Her Majesty The Queen, on the advice of the British Prime Minister, who is assisted by an Advisory Committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions. The Awards are given solely on merit.
Sir McMurtry thanks all Renishaw staff from around the world who have played a part in the success of the SP80, from the innovative designers and skilled manufacturing teams through to the highly dedicated sales staff.
The SP80 is a quill mounted ‘passive' scanning device, which means that the probe itself does not contain any internal drive system, leading to a lighter, less complex product with lower maintenance costs.
Key features of the SP80 analogue scanning probes:
- Designed for highly accurate measurement of parts with deep features
- Carries very long styli up to 800mm long with a mass of up to 500g
- Isolated optical method of motion detection, and digital scale and readhead technology produce a transducer resolution of just 20 nanometres
- Relative dynamic response enables highly accurate scanning at higher speeds than traditional quill mounted scanning probes
- Reduces production bottlenecks and improves process control