Coordinate Measuring Machine Handles Everyday Measurements

Zeiss Industrial Quality Solutions’ Spectrum bridge-type coordinate measuring machine uses the latest software, scanning sensor and machine technology.

Zeiss’ Spectrum bridge-type coordinate measuring machine (CMM) uses the latest software, scanning sensor and machine technology. These systems are designed to handle everyday measurement applications.

The CMM includes Calypso measurement software, which is said to eliminate the need for programming, code editing and line-by-line text editing. The CAD-functionality in this software accepts product manufacturing information (PMI) models created in Solidworks, Creo, Catia and Siemens NX. The company’s PiWeb reporting plus software is also available, enabling customized measurement reporting, enabling owners to deliver measurement reports in formats their customers need. This software also monitors trends in measurement results, making that information available faster so manufacturing process adjustments can be made.

With the RDS-C5 articulating probe holder and Vast XXT multi-point scanning sensor, the machine can measure angled features in difficult-to-reach locations. The RDS/XXT offers +/- 180 degree rotation in X, Y and Z-axis, reaching 5,184 angular positions and is especially useful for general prismatic measurement applications.

The CMMs are available in measuring volumes from 500 mm × 500 mm × 600 mm to 700 mm × 1000 mm × 600 mm. Wrap-around air bearings are used on ceramic guideways to provide rigidity and stability at maximum speeds and accelerations. The guideways are said to be resistant to corrosion, wear and temperature.