Whether you are machining or measuring it is important to understand the performance of your measuring instruments. Each characteristic can be measured and quantified thus giving a detailed picture regarding the equipment’s performance. What this means for the machine-tool owner is increased uptime. This allows scheduled maintenance to be conducted at preordained times not when things cruise out of control. Predictability of performance is essential in today’s modern engineering environment. By utilizing the supplied CMM software targeted maintenance can actually enhance the machines positional accuracy through a compensation Matrix that is resident on the machine tool or measuring machine.
When your customers need confidence in the quality of your machine's process calibration graphs and regular performance evaluations can be excellent proof that you adhere to stringent quality program and that you are capable. This can give you the competitive advantage!
Calibrations to a national standard are now possible with the XL-80 laser interferometer from Renishaw. This is essential on the modern coordinate measuring machine where documented and traceable proof is necessary.
The XL 80 gives you the ability not only to monitor and deduce positional accuracy, but also other parameters such as straightness, angularity, twist, roll, squareness and other hard to quantify parameters that are indicators of poor performance.