Optical Transmission System

Marposs Corp. (Auburn Hills, MI) will show its new Mida E83 probing system with optical transmission for CNC machining centers and milling machines at Westec.

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Marposs Corp. (Auburn Hills, MI) will show its new Mida E83 probing system with optical transmission for CNC machining centers and milling machines at Westec. This system enables full 360-degree data transmission and eliminates the need for line-of-sight mounting of transmitter and receiver. The E83WA (wide angle) transmitter may be used in multi-spindle applications. The system transmits measuring data from the spindle-mounted touch probe to the machine tool CNC using an infrared signal. A modular interface unit used for decoding signals from the transmitter for use by the machine tool CNC is available in three versions to satisfy diverse installation requirements. All elements of the E83 system are designed to withstand the most difficult shop floor conditions and their modularity allows selection of the most suitable configuration for each application. The company also offers a wide range of software packages for the most widely used CNCs, which includes macros easily programmable for part checking and measuring during machining. Also shown will be the M1 Wave electronic bore gauge with Bluetooth® wireless technology, which electronic bore gauge provides unprecedented freedom and accuracy in a durable, easy-to-operate hand-held measuring device. The device provides guaranteed 0.5 micron (20 millionths inch) repeatability over the measuring range of 3 to 300 mm diameter. 3D Shape Inspector? software for on-machine measurement applications offers significant advantages in the measurement and inspection of both sculptured parts and geometrical features directly in the machine tool. In addition to checking the part shape and its dimensions, the software generates Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) reports and allows for immediate reworking of out-of-tolerance measurements without time lost for sending the part for measuring on a CMM and then re-fixturing and setting up the part after inspection. The Merlin™ compact gauge computer for machine tools can be used for measuring applications where up to 16 characteristics can be displayed in alpha-numeric or graphical format together with basic statistical analysis such as histograms, control charts, value charts, etc.