AutoClock Provides Automatic Probe Calibration & Tool Axis Offsets

Metrology Software Products Ltd (MSP) have announced the launch of AutoClock; the first product in history which makes it possible to fully automate the machine-tool probe calibration process.

AutoClock provides fast, accurate and automated tool axis setting taking just seconds to automatically set the tool axis offset to microns. AutoClock enables the measuring probe to complete the automatic calibration process,without human intervention, allowing part production lines to be fully automated with AutoClock.

Currently, all methods for ‘clocking’ the calibration sphere are manual and generated inaccuracies can have a negative impact on the entire machining process. In particular, errors can lead to inaccurate probe calibration, incorrect machine setup and ultimately scrap parts or concessions.

By automating this process, AutoClock eliminates inaccuracies at the very start of the machining process due to the removal of any manual operator input by generating accurate, reliable and repeatable ‘offset’ measurements and automatically updates the machine controller with the offset data. AutoClock is so precise, it is able to find the offset value within one micron, making it significantly more accurate than current methods. Furthermore, it takes only twenty-two seconds to find the offset value, allowing for more regular calibrations to maintain ongoing maximum accuracy.

Peter Hammond, MSP Technical Director, has worked on the project since the beginning: “We are excited to launch AutoClock. We believe there is currently no other product on the market capable of automating this part of the production line. At MSP, we are driven by providing error-free machining processes and this can only be achieved through automation. AutoClock is the final piece of the puzzle, enabling a completely automated, lights out operation.”

UK based MSP committed to the research, development and installation of world class precision software and part manufacturing solutions and is an associate company of Renishaw PLC. MSP is founded on decades of metrology, calibration and machining experience and use innovative techniques to develop error-free production environments for manufacturers.

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