XM-60 Multiple-Axis Calibrator

December 19, 2016
XM-60 Multiple-Axis Calibrator

Renishaw’s new XM-60 multiple-axis calibrator is capable of measuring all six degrees of freedom from a single setup, in any orientation for linear axes. The XM-60 offers significant improvement in simplicity and time saving over conventional laser measurement techniques, according to the company.

As demands on component tolerances increase, manufacturers are required to consider all error sources from the machines producing parts; angular errors as well as linear and straightness errors. XM-60 captures all these errors in a single setup. Designed for the machine tool market, the XM-60 multiple-axis calibrator complements Renishaw’s calibration product line that includes the XL-80 laser system, XR20-W rotary axis calibrator and QC20-W wireless ballbar. The XM-60 uses the XC-80 environmental compensator to correct for environmental conditions.

The XM-60 multiaxis calibrator provides a highly accurate laser system that incorporates unique technology with a patented optical roll measurement and fiber optic launch system. The compact launch unit is remote from the laser unit, reducing heat effects at the point of measurement. It can be mounted directly to the machine on its side, upside down and even on its back, which is particularly beneficial in areas with difficult machine access.

Reducing uncertainties of measurement is paramount for any user. The Renishaw XM-60 measures machine errors directly, reducing the inaccuracies that can result from complex mathematics used in some alternative measurement techniques. Direct measurement makes comparison before and after machine adjustments a quick and simple task with users’ existing part programs for XL-80 measurement. The receiver is fully wireless and powered by rechargeable batteries, avoiding trailing cables during machine moves that could cause inaccuracies or break the laser beam during measurement.

The performance of each XM-60 multiaxis calibrator is traceable to international standards and every unit is also certified before shipment. This provides users with the confidence that their system will deliver the specified accuracy day-after-day where it counts—in the workplace.

Related Glossary Terms

  • calibration

    calibration

    Checking measuring instruments and devices against a master set to ensure that, over time, they have remained dimensionally stable and nominally accurate.

  • degrees of freedom

    degrees of freedom

    Number of axes along which a robot, and thus the object it is holding, can be manipulated. Most robots are capable of maneuvering along the three basic Cartesian axes (X, Y, Z). More sophisticated models may move in six or more axes. See axis.

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