Absolute Gaging Package

April 01, 2011

HEIDENHAIN Corporation has coupled the new ACANTO Absolute Length Gage with the established and versatile ND 2100G GAGE-CHEK metrology readouts. This gaging package is for many fixed gaging applications.

The HEIDENHAIN ACANTO Absolute Length Gage with EnDat 2.2 provides the benefits of an optical encoder and solves many of the problems of different length gages. No longer will quality managers have to worry about their gages drifting, linearity over the entire measuring range, or referencing upon startup. The ACANTO's measuring principle is the measurement standard and does not drift over time nor does it require mastering. "Sweet spots" are nonexistent with the ACANTO as 2µm of accuracy are held throughout the entire measuring length. The new absolute technology, using EnDat 2.2, enables the ACANTO to know its position upon power up with no need to reference. The ACANTO comes in both spring operated and pneumatically operated models and is offered in 12mm and 30mm measuring lengths.

The HEIDENHAIN ND 2100G GAGE-CHEK will handle gaging and inspection tasks with ease, from simple pass/fail detection up to complex logic statements communicating to a PLC. They can be configured for basic or advanced operations where inputs can be assigned and combined as desired, along with mathematical, trigonometric or statistical formulas. This makes it possible to measure even complex dimensions such as thickness, flatness, volume and more. Rapid acquisition of measurement data can monitor dynamic events such as the eccentricity of a rotating shaft.

The HEIDENHAIN ND 2100G GAGE-CHEK now has a new color LED lit display which will display results numerically or graphically as a bar graph or dial indicator. The ND 2100G GAGE-CHEK can manage up to 100 parts, each with up to 16 visible measurement features and 16 hidden ones and can save thousands of data entry points for internal statistical process control (SPC) or export. User customization is easy with programmable soft and hot keys. Min/Max functions monitor and store data, and warning and tolerance limits can be set to each display value.

A new plug and play routine allows for effortless interfacing of the ACANTO and ND 2100G GAGE-CHEK. The ND 2100G GAGE-CHEK can interface with 1 to 8 ACANTO Gages and will be an effective solution for many gaging applications. The ND 2100G GAGE-CHEK will also accept any EnDat 2.2 encoders from HEIDENHAIN including linear, rotary, and angle.

Related Glossary Terms

  • metrology


    Science of measurement; the principles on which precision machining, quality control and inspection are based. See precision machining, measurement.

  • process control

    process control

    Method of monitoring a process. Relates to electronic hardware and instrumentation used in automated process control. See in-process gaging, inspection; SPC, statistical process control.

  • statistical process control ( SPC)

    statistical process control ( SPC)

    Statistical techniques to measure and analyze the extent to which a process deviates from a set standard.

  • tolerance


    Minimum and maximum amount a workpiece dimension is allowed to vary from a set standard and still be acceptable.