Probing Software

Renishaw’s (Hoffman Estates, IL) PC-based, On Machine Verification (OMV) software was written for machine tool inspection of die and mold parts, prototypes, and large, complex and multi-operation parts.

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Renishaw’s (Hoffman Estates, IL) PC-based, On Machine Verification (OMV) software was written for machine tool inspection of die and mold parts, prototypes, and large, complex and multi-operation parts. Employing original CAD data, the software enables off-line programming and graphical simulation of inspection routines without specialized programming or probing knowledge. Programmed part inspection and measurement can improve process efficiency, integrate inspection and machining for greater process automation, and speed part throughput. Without having to remove the part from the workholding or fixture, key features can be verified and necessary reworked performed. The software can especially save against the time for removing the workpiece to a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) for inspection, plus more lost time if rework is needed in putting a piece back on the machine tool and going through the headaches of re-setup. It is especially useful where part relocations can expose large, high-value molds to possible damage. With a straightforward point-and-click programming approach, inspection could not be simpler. By clicking various features on the modeled part, the inspection path is automatically generated. Using the company’s non-lobing, high accuracy spindle probes, surface data is measured and sent to the PC, where powerful (CMM style) measurement algorithms process the data.