CMM for Large Part Throughput
Measuring machine can handle parts like those typical in powertrain
“Its development was prompted by customer requests for large inspection capacity enhanced with REVO-2’s latest sensors such as RVP video and SFP2 surface measurement,” explains Mark Gearding, vp of AIMS Metrology, talking about the company’s Summit 10.10.10, a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) that has offers at one-cubic-meter capacity and the ability to handle 2,200 kg (think: blocks, transmission housings).
The five-axis CMM not only handles large volume parts, but it has high throughput capability as it uses high-speed linear motors that also provide better positioning accuracy and require less maintenance than conventional belt-and-pulley mechanisms. The Renishaw REVO-2 provides measuring speeds up to 500 mm/second and data collection rates up to 4,000 points per second. Its cast polymer base provides better vibration resistance and thermal stability than granite-based machines.
I'm not talking about a plastic Revell model of a '57 Chevy, but a real vehicle, one that rolls off an assembly line in 1999 with another 99,999 just like it right behind. Is it possible, or is this just a fantasy of the marketing department at Elmer's?
Topology optimization cuts part development time and costs, material consumption, and product weight. And it works with additive, subtractive, and all other types of manufacturing processes, too.
By James Gaffney, Product Engineer, Precision Grinding and Patrick D. Redington, Manager, Precision Grinding Business Unit, Norton Company (Worcester, MA)