Carl Zeiss: new components for compact coordinate measuring machine

The compact coordinate measuring machine DuraMax from Carl Zeiss is tailored for use in rough production environments, and better supports the measurement of multiple workpieces in one measuring run, eliminating manual measurements

<style>@font-face { font-family: “Times New Roman”; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”; }table.MsoNormalTable { font-size: 10pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; }</style> <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0cm 13.8pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-size: 14pt; font-family: Times;” lang=”EN-GB”>With a number of additional components and functions, the compact coordinate measuring machine DuraMax from Carl Zeiss is, says the company, now even better suited for shop floor measurements, and can also accommodate several workpieces at once.</span></p> <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0cm 13.8pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-size: 14pt; font-family: Times;” lang=”EN-GB”>With its additional functions, DuraMax is tailored for use in rough production environments. Furthermore, it better supports the measurement of multiple workpieces in one measuring run. DuraMax turns manual measurements with gauges and complex equipment into a thing of the past. The elimination of manual measurements also minimizes the susceptibility to errors.</span></p> <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0cm 13.8pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-size: 14pt; font-family: Times;” lang=”EN-GB”>“Speed is among the most pressing future challenges in production technology – in all industries,” says Alexander Dollansky, product manager at Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology. “One approach to accelerating measuring technology is shop floor measurement – and that is exactly what DuraMax Shop Floor does,” adds Dollansky. </span></p> <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0cm 13.8pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-size: 14pt; font-family: Times;” lang=”EN-GB”>According to Carl Zeiss, two components make DuraMax Shop Floor even less sensitive and more compact, the measuring results even more accurate: a base for the measuring machine and a temperature compensation function. The latter uses sensors to measure the workpiece temperature. CALYPSO measuring software then calculates this with the measuring results, taking into consideration the expansion coefficient of the workpiece, providing users with an even more precise result. This even works when multiple workpieces are positioned and measured in one run.</span></p> <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0cm 13.8pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-size: 14pt; font-family: Times;” lang=”EN-GB”>The shop floor base also provides space for the measuring computer in a metal cabinet under the measuring machine, thus protecting it against contamination. The coordinate measuring machine is therefore even better equipped for production environments where space is at a premium and temperatures fluctuate. </span></p> <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0cm 13.8pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-size: 14pt; font-family: Times;” lang=”EN-GB”>To ensure that the measuring machine is optimally integrated in the software environment, the package solution also includes the standardized FACS light user interface. This user and communication interface, which has been standardized for the first time, enables the exchange of data via 12 fixed inlets and eight outlets, making it easier for the user to control measuring plans and parameters.</span></p> <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0cm 13.8pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-size: 14pt; font-family: Times;” lang=”EN-GB”>In addition to CALYPSO measuring software, CALYPSO Flex is also used to evaluate the results: the software for statistical process control uses easy-to-read graphics to illustrate the measuring results, e.g. standard deviations and mean values. Benefits for the user: a fast overview of the measuring result evaluation – in the same environment as the machine tool.</span></p> <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0cm 13.8pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-size: 14pt; font-family: Times;” lang=”EN-GB”>DuraMax Shop Floor supports the measurement of multiple workpieces in one run, primarily through an ergonomically designed manual loading table. A retractable aluminium table simplifies and accelerates the preparation of an entire pallet of workpieces. While the coordinate measuring machine quickly and independently completes the measurements, the user has time to prepare the next measurement.</span></p> <p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0cm 13.8pt 6pt 0cm; text-align: justify;”><span style=”font-size: 14pt; font-family: Times;” lang=”EN-GB”>Shop floor measuring technology is increasingly becoming a key element of a flexible production process. With DuraMax Shop Floor for the production environment, users are well equipped to face the challenges of the future.</span></p>