CMM Optimized for Automated Measurement

The air-free Tigo SF CMM from Hexagon Metrology features options designed for easy integration into fully automated in-line or near-in-line inspection cells, or as part of a complete production/inspection setup.

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The air-free Tigo SF CMM from Hexagon Metrology features options designed for easy integration into fully automated in-line or near-in-line inspection cells, or as part of a complete production/inspection setup. With a 500 × 580 × 500-mm measurement volume and shopfloor-specific features, the CMM is said to be well-suited for efficiently measuring small to medium-sized parts in harsh workshop environments.

The machine’s structure is open on three sides for maximum accessibility, making it suited for use with robotic part-handling systems or automatic workpiece recognition systems. An optional I/O kit enables the CMM to interface directly with automated lines and exchange data with programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Measurement data can be used to inform process improvements as part of a wider product lifecycle management (PLM) system, the company says.

The machine offers a robust design and is protected from contaminants by covers and bellows. It also features advanced thermal compensation and passive damping systems. Active damping can be added to enable installation near machining centers or part-transit areas. An IP54-protected machine stand is also available to protect the PC and other electronic components, so the CMM can be positioned directly within the production process to reduce measurement times and maximize throughput. For plants using a fully-automated setup, the machine can be equipped with messaging lights, allowing users to monitor changes in its status from a distance. 

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