Hexagon Metrology launched the 7.10.7 SF, the company's new shop floor coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) that have been designed to excel in harsh industrial environments.
The 7.10.7 SF's computer, controller, and interface boxes are housed in one self-contained unit. The CMM has a measuring stroke of 710mm x 1010mm x 680mm, and uses standard 110/220 volt single phase outlets with no need for shop air. A major new feature is the integrated and flexible part fixture system enabling customers to locate up to four 300mm x 300mm fixture plates or one 500mm fixture plate on the table. Using a kinematic locating system, the fixture plates can be quickly loaded and unloaded, allowing users to swap individual parts or part types in a matter of seconds, the company says.
"The 7.10.7 SF is our new generation offering in the SF series, and a natural progression from the original 4.5.4 SF design and its quantum leap in CMM usability," said Eric Bennett, product manager of bridge CMMs at Hexagon Metrology. "The 7.10.7 SF continues the trend of pushing dimensional inspection from the quality lab to the shop floor so inspection becomes simply another operation in the manufacturing process. Our attention to detail and focus on usability has resulted in a CMM with great value and exclusive benefits for our customers."
Other user experience improvements include fully integrated workspace lighting and message lighting. The workspace lighting feature fully illuminates the measurement volume, while message lighting on the CMM's Z-axis cover displays the status of inspection operations on the shop floor. Status lights visually indicate when the inspection process is complete, whether a part passed or failed, or if an unexpected problem occurred during the operation.
PC-DMIS Touch, an optional software feature on the SF series, features a touch screen interface that expedites measurement tasks and creates, selects and launches inspection programs.
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