Renishaw and Wenzel collaborate on shopfloor coordinate measurement solutions

Renishaw’s Equator gauging system is to be controlled with Wenzel’s WM Quartis metrology software for programming and evaluation purposes. The move comes as part of a co-operation deal between the two companies and will be incorporated into the Wenzel product portfolio.

“Several thousand Equator test units are already in use throughout the world, enabling high repeatability and thermally robust process monitoring on the shop floor. A direct connection to the Wenzel software is an import extension of our solutions for users within the shop-floor area,” said Rainer Lotz, vice president EMEA of Renishaw.

Renishaw product manager Bastian Luithardt adds: “Workpiece data recorded by Equator is used for automatically updating the tool offset of the respective machine tool. The Equator concept, which enables flexible and newly programmable measurements, is optimal for use in an automated environment. A stable manufacturing process and continuous documentation therefore results for every workpiece.”

At the same time, Wenzel is launching another compact portal measurement machine for direct production use. The SF 55, like the bigger SF 87, offers high travel speeds and acceleration, while its corrosion-free guideways are made of high-precision, hand-finished granite. Indeed, the guideways are completely covered and protected against contamination, while the controller and PC are integrated in the machine for a minimal footprint.

The SF55 has passive vibration damping and can be equipped with active vibration isolation. Due to the good accessibility and ‘Wenzel automation interface’, the shop-floor measurement system is suitable for automation and integration into the production line.

“After the success of our SF 87 CMM, the more compact SF 55 is the logical response to the requirements of the shop floor,” said Dr Heike Wenzel, managing director of the Wenzel Group.

“Both user-friendly concepts, SF from Wenzel and Equator from Renishaw, cover very different application areas within the shop floor sector and complement each other. We are therefore able to offer further turnkey solutions in addition to the hardware, which make us a flexible partner for our clients.”

In addition to extending the product range, Wenzel and Renishaw will also continue their joint development of the REVO 5-axis measurement system.