Carl Zeiss unveils next gen coordinate measuring machines

Carl Zeiss announces the launch of a new generation of ZEISS coordinate
measuring machines offering additional measuring ranges and a wide spectrum of
optical sensors.

Officially introduced by ZEISS at the CONTROL show in Stuttgart, Germany
last year, the new CONTURA coordinate measuring machine provides a platform for
flexible, reliable and uncompromising quality assurance. More precise than its
predecessor, the ZEISS CONTURA coordinate measuring machine offers excellent
scanning technology, ZEISS CALYPSO reference software and a highly tuned
overall concept that sets the standard in its class.

The latest generation of ZEISS coordinate measuring machines makes high-performance
measuring technology available to the masses. Based on the premise that a measuring
system’s reliability is the result of the interaction of its design, sensors,
software and service, the new ZEISS CONTURA delivers to its customers a
well-balanced system and a guarantee for stable, reproducible precision. The
robust design makes the ZEISS CONTURA suitable for use near production.

The new ZEISS CONTURA coordinate measuring machine incorporates the latest
and most powerful scanning sensors from ZEISS. Sensors are available in direkt,
RDS and aktiv versions to suit customer requirements. For instance, the direkt sensor
model enables scanning with the ZEISS VAST XXT probe with the configuration
ideal for small workpieces. Scanning makes it possible to efficiently and
precisely measure the form in addition to the size and location.

The RDS sensor model is the right choice for parts with different
angular positions. The RDS articulating probe holder can be freely positioned
in 2.5-degree increments, resulting in more than 20,000 possible positions.
Thanks to the RDS-CAA, data from every single position can be mathematically
calculated in just a few minutes.

Andrzej Grzesiak from ZEISS Industrial Metrology business group explains
that it drastically improves the utilisation level of the machine and results
in additional possibilities to immediately measure even complex angular
positions. The sensor interface permits the flexible use of contact and optical
sensors, including the new ZEISS LineScan sensor enabling fast optical
measurement of features.

The aktiv configuration is recommended when long styli are needed for
measurements deep inside a part or for additional demands on precision and
speed. The ZEISS VAST XTR gold and VAST XT gold premium probes are available
for this application. This active regulation enables highly accurate
measurements with very long, heavy stylus systems.

ZEISS CONTURA is now available around the world in eight different sizes
starting with a measuring volume of 700 x 700 x 600 mm up to 1200 x 2400 x 1000
mm.

ZEISS CONTURA coordinate measuring machines also feature efficient,
highly precise air bearings developed in-house. ZEISS AirSaver can also be
integrated for additional savings with the technology reducing compressed air
consumption by up to 60 percent depending on its use.

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