Gaging System Programmed for Multiple Parts

The Equator gaging system is capable of high-speed comparative gaging for inspection of high-volume manufactured parts.

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The Equator gaging system is capable of high-speed comparative gaging for inspection of high-volume manufactured parts. The gage can switch between parts in seconds, especially useful for flexible manufacturing processes or accepting parts from multiple machines.
 
Based on an easily scaleable and adaptable "parallel kinematic" structure, the gage allows high speed scanning and rapid moves between features, while retaining stiffness that delivers impressive point-to-point repeatability, critical for accurate gaging.
 
Installation of the gage is possible in minutes, and an operator can switch between gaging of different parts in seconds, the company says. Reconfiguration to accommodate part design changes, or to measure new parts, is designed to be possible in a fraction of the time needed for conventional custom gaging, using industry standard DMIS programming. 
 
Re-mastering is as quick as measuring a production part and immediately compensates for any change in thermal conditions on the shop floor, the company says. The Equator can be used in factories with temperature variation: Simply re-master and the system is "re-zeroed," ready for repeatable comparison to the master.
 
Master parts do not need to be expensive custom parts like a traditional gage; a production part measured on a CMM can establish feature variation from CAD or drawing nominals. The results from any CMM, using any CMM programming software, can be configured to be used directly with the Equator software.

             

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