Hexagon innovates inspection of fragile parts with low force, infrared machine tool probe

New compact probe with low trigger force and high precision makes it possible to measure fragile applications and inspect small areas directly on the machine tool.

03 marzo 2020
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched a new probe, the IRP40.42, which transforms the inspection of very fragile materials and small or thin-walled parts, directly on the machine tool.

The new IRP40.42 is an innovation in probe technology that meets the specific demands of manufacturers of small, fragile parts. Regular touch probes can exert too much pressure when measuring fragile parts on the machine tool, leading to damage. In addition, regular styli balls are typically too large to inspect inside the very small parts produced, for example, by the watch-making or dental industries. At the same time, manufacturers want to benefit from the productivity gains of accurately inspecting fragile parts, directly on the machine tool. 

Hexagon has designed the IRP40.42 to overcome the challenges facing manufacturers across sectors that range from medical appliances through to automotive. In addition to applying a force as low as 0.08 N in the X- or Y-direction, which compares to between 0.3 N and 1,4 N for standard machine probes, the IRP40.42 can be equipped with styli balls as small as 0.2 mm in diameter.

The IRP40.42 builds on Hexagon’s highly successful touch trigger probe technology, developed for taking highly accurate measurements on coordinate measuring machines. A robust, compact housing protects the IRP40.42 from the harsh machine tooling environment, while Hexagon’s proven HDR+ infrared transmission technology ensures communication between probe and receiver.

Crucially, the IRP40.42 is extremely precise and can capture measurement points with a repeatability of 2 Sigma 1 μm while consuming extremely little energy, resulting in a battery lifetime of up to 800 hours in continuous use.

Fabio Marino, Product Manager at Hexagon, says: “We were receiving more and more enquires about a probe for taking delicate measurements in limited space. With the IRP40.42, we can now offer a solution to our customers that fits perfectly into our range of machine tool probes while matching the needs of very specific applications.”

The IRP40.42 communicates with the existing infrared receivers IRR91.42 and IRR91.50, which also work with additional Hexagon tool setters inside the machine tool. The probe is also compatible with Hexagon’s market-leading measurement software solutions.
Acerca de Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence ayuda a fabricantes del sector industrial a desarrollar las tecnologías revolucionarias del presente y los productos que cambiarán la vida del mañana. Como especialista líder de soluciones para la fabricación y metrología, nuestra experiencia en sentir, pensar y actuar, esto es, la recopilación, el análisis y el uso activo de datos de medición, aporta a nuestros clientes la confianza necesaria para incrementar la velocidad de la producción y acelerar la productividad, a la vez que mejoran la calidad de los productos.

Gracias a una red de centros de servicio locales, a plantas de producción y a operaciones comerciales por los cinco continentes, estamos moldeando un cambio inteligente en la fabricación para construir un mundo en el que la calidad impulse la productividad. 

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence es parte de Hexagon, un proveedor líder en el mundo de tecnologías de la información para el incremento de la productividad y la calidad en aplicaciones empresariales del sector industrial y geoespacial.

Las soluciones de Hexagon incorporan sensores, software, conocimiento del ámbito y dinámica del trabajo de los usuarios en sistemas inteligentes de información para ofrecer información procesable, procesos automatizados de la empresa y mejora de la productividad. Se emplean en una gran variedad de sectores estratégicos. 

Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) tiene más de 20.000 empleados en 50 países y registra ventas netas de aprox. 3.800 millones de euros. Obtenga mayor información en hexagon.com.

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