Metrology Shop floor CMMs for harsh industrial environments
Hexagon Metrology has announced the launch of its 7.10.7 SF, a new generation of shop floor coordinate measuring machines (CMM)
Hexagon said that they have been specially designed for harsh industrial environments. The 7.10.7 SF’s computer, controller and interface boxes are housed in one self-contained unit, intended to ease transport on the shop floor, the company said.
The CMM has a measuring stroke of 710 mm x 1010 mm x 680 mm, and uses standard 110/220V single-phase outlets, and with no need for shop air. The integrated part fixture system is designed to enable customers to locate up to four 300 mm x 300 mm fixture plates or one 500 mm fixture plate on the table, the supplier said. The company claims that its “kinematic” locating system enables the fixture plates to be loaded and unloaded quickly, allowing users to swap individual parts or part types in a matter of seconds. The machines features fully-integrated workspace lighting and message lighting. According to Hexagon, the workspace lighting fully illuminates the measurement volume; message lighting on the CMM’s z-axis cover displays the status of inspection operations on the shop floor and eliminates the need to ‘babysit’ the machine. Status lights indicate when the inspection process is complete, whether a part passed or failed, or if an unexpected problem occurred.
PC-DMIS Touch, an optional software feature on the SF series, features an intuitive touch-screen interface, which is claimed to speed up measurement tasks and creates, selects and launches inspection programs. Hexagon says that operators will need no special CMM training or expertise to use the equipment.