Renishaw Oceania has upgraded their QC10 ballbar system to the QC20-W ballbar system with wireless capability. Data from the Ballbar 5 software can be compared with new QC20-W data as the new software is backwards compatible.
The QC20-W data is analysed by the software to find machine errors that would normally go undetected, such as the loss of ballscrew preload. It also features a repair option.
Dave Wigmore was the first UK user of Renishaw’s QC20-W telescoping ballbar system and after using the equipment for years considers it crucial to his CNC Maintenance company operations.
Dave uses Renishaw’s QC20-W telescoping ballbar system to pick up errors caused by multiple sources including machine alignment errors caused by distortion of the machine structure.
"I pushed Renishaw to supply me with a QC20-W ballbar as soon as I heard they were intending to launch a wireless version of the QC10 ballbar using Bluetooth wireless technology,” Dave said.
“Having used a QC10 ballbar system daily for years, I know it has separated me from other CNC maintenance companies. It is an independent traceable measure of the servicing I have done, critical in the aerospace industry, where I do most of my business.”
He performs three bar tests to establish machine performance in the X, Y and Z axes, testing two planes with each check.
The new system gives the same full analysis of up to 23 different machine errors and allows Dave to put the machine into a state where the customer only has to worry about the tooling, fixturing and programming.