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Improve on-machine measurement with SupaTouch technology


It’s not an easy task to minimise probing cycle time on a machine. Renishaw, based on its years of metrology experience, has identified that intelligent optimisation is needed to minimise probing cycle time without compromising on machine component accuracy.

SupaTouch, an optimisation routine within Renishaw’s industry standard Inspection Plus macro software, intelligently optimises on machine probing cycles, leading to a cycle time reduction of up to 60 per cent on CNC machine tools.

Renishaw will be introducing a new version of Inspection Plus, with updated SupaTouch technology, at IMTS (USA), AMB (Germany), and JIMTOF (Japan). New usability enhancements that have been added to the optimisation routine give users full control of probing cycle feed rates.

SupaTouch technology intelligently determines the fastest feed rates a machine tool can achieve whilst ensuring repeatable measurement. Its smart in cycle decision making technology implements the quickest probing strategy (either one touch or two touch) for each measurement.

Smart decision-making continues during component measurement. If a probe is triggered during machine acceleration or deceleration phases (which may happen due to variation in the positioning of the work piece) the measurement result will be inaccurate. After detecting these inaccurate measurements, SupaTouch technology automatically commands the probe to re-measure the surface at a more appropriate speed to ensure accuracy is maintained and no machine alarms are raised.

SupaTouch technology eliminates the need for manual optimisation of on machine positioning feed rates, measurement feed rates and strategies. When compared with traditional software cycles, it provides a significant measurement time reduction of up to 60 per cent on CNC machine tools.

The many proven benefits of Renishaw’s established Inspection Plus software are enhanced with SupaTouch technology. With this software, users can significantly improve cycle times and on-machine measurement results, maximising the productivity and profitability of their machine tools.

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