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Publication Date: 09/1/2009
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New Renishaw Software for Fast 5-axis Measurement
Software offers versatile machine programming.
Hoffman Estates, IL — Renishaw's new MODUS CMM software application combines with the company's UCC2 universal CMM controller and full range of sensors, including the REVO 5-axis measuring system, to form a single-source CMM retrofit package. MODUS provides a powerful platform for 5-axis measurement with such features as CAD-driven offline programming with full simulation and collision detection of 5-axis moves; native DMIS support; certified mathematical algorithms; powerful text and graphical reporting; and flexible output of results data. The company's UCC2 universal CMM controller is supported via the I++ DME interface.

The MODUS application is built on the highly respected Metris Camio CMM software. In a recent agreement with Metris BV, Renishaw has acquired a license to the Camio source code. The company has also recruited a team of engineers from Metris to support future development of its MODUS software.

The software has a configurable user interface allowing native DMIS programs to be developed offline. Programs can be created directly from CAD with on-screen probe path verification. The CMM environment, the fixture and the location of the part on the machine can all be defined, enabling full simulation and crash detection of 5-axis measurement programs. This minimizes CMM downtime as programs arrive at the machine ready to run, with little or no prove-out time required.

The software offers a wide array of programming, measurement, and reporting functionality but, in recognition of the fact that the majority of users use only a subset of the user interface, both the layout and the content can be tailored to suit individual users. Toolbars are fully configurable to ensure only the buttons required are shown and that they are positioned exactly where required..Context-sensitive graphical user instructions support programs in several different ways: keyboard entry, 'teach' from the joystick control or direct from CAD model data.

The program editor supports true native DMIS. It provides high-level programming commands including variable declaration, logic, macros, intrinsic functions and operator prompts via user-definable dialog boxes. Automated error recovery during program execution is also available.

Contact: Renishaw, Inc., 5277 Trillium Boulevard, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 847-286-9953 fax: 847-286-9974 E-mail: Web:

See at ATE Booth #4935.

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