Hexagon Metrology optimises TIGO SF for automated measurement
New integration options available for the compact shop-floor coordinate measuring machine (CMM)15 September 2015
Hexagon Metrology has announced new options for the latest version of its TIGO SF shop-floor CMM, enabling easy integration into fully-automated in-line or near-the-line inspection cells or as part of a complete production/inspection setup.
With a 500 x 580 x 500 mm measurement volume and shop-floor specific features, the TIGO SF is designed to measure small to medium sized parts efficiently in a harsh workshop environment. The structure of the machine is open on three sides for maximum accessibility, making it ideal for use with robotic part-handling systems or automatic workpiece recognition systems. A new optional I/O Kit enables the CMM to interface directly with automated lines and exchange data with PLC (programmable logic controllers), and measurement data can be used to inform process improvements as part of a wider product lifecycle management (PLM) system.
The air-free TIGO SF is a robust design, protected from contaminants by covers and bellows and featuring advanced thermal compensation and passive damping systems as standard. Active damping can be added to enable installation near machining centres 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 right within the production process to reduce measurement times and maximise throughput. For plants using a fully-automated setup, the TIGO SF can be delivered with messaging lights to alert users to changes in the CMM status from a distance.
“The TIGO SF is a proven system for workshop conditions and provides the perfect base for an automated solution,” said Anna Maria Izzi, Bridge CMM Product Manager at Hexagon Metrology. “With these options, we wanted to make it easier to design systems around the CMM. We firmly believe that measurement should support production, and automated systems gathering and delivering data quickly are ideal for increasing efficiency, improving quality and driving productivity.”
The TIGO SF is available to order worldwide with these integration-ready options preinstalled, while some retrofit options are also offered to bring existing machines up to the automation-optimised standards.
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