April 24, 2012
Hexagon Metrology has announced the launch of Brown & Sharpe 4.5.4 SF shop floor CMM. With a focus on portability, the new CMM has a small footprint of 52.2 by 32.8 by 79.5 in., which fits through a standard door. Its computer, controller, and interface boxes are integrated into one self-contained unit with locking wheels. The machine uses standard 110/220-V outlets, with no need for shop air.
The CMM incorporates advanced thermal isolation and temperature compensation elements to help ensure accuracy in changing shop floor environments. Its standard elastomeric dampers isolate the measuring platform from most vibrations.
Inverted, high-resolution Heidenhain scales, covered ways, and internal cable management protect machine components from ambient dust and debris while minimizing friction. Hardened linear drives and recirculating bearings help contribute to the CMM's durability. For extreme environments, an optional active vibration-dampening system is available.
The unit comes standard with PC-DMIS metrology software. PC-DMIS STI+ (single-touch interface) is controlled via a touchscreen. With a few steps, STI+ graphically guides users through part setup and measurement and then produces concise reports for immediate action.