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Renishaw Intros Programmable Gaging System
Programmable gaging system.
Hoffman Estates, IL — Renishaw has introduced its Equator programmable gaging system which reportedly cuts purchase, maintenance and fixture costs, and can be programmed for multiple parts and re-programmed in minutes for part changes.

The patented new programmable comparative gage is described as an alternative to traditional hard gages. The low-cost device, unique in construction and method of operation, enables high-speed comparative gaging for inspection of high-volume manufactured parts. The software-programmable system can switch between different parts in seconds, perfect for flexible manufacturing.

Equator's highly repeatable gaging technology utilizes the proven method of comparison of production parts to a reference master part. Re-mastering is as quick as measuring a production part, and the gage immediately compensates for any change in thermal conditions on the shop floor.

Based on a scalable and adaptable "parallel kinematic" structure, the unit performs high-speed form scanning and rapid moves between features, while retaining stiffness that delivers impressive point-to-point repeatability. It has been developed and proven on the shop floor in collaboration with industry leaders in the automotive, aerospace and medical sectors. The result is a lightweight, fast and highly repeatable gage that operators can use with "push-button" simplicity.

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

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