Control Expo 2019 Preview #1

With the most important event in the exhibition calendar for Quality Control and Metrology equipment and services suppliers fast approaching we commence a series of preview articles highlighting a few of the many new and innovative solutions that will be showcased at the Control Exhibition May 7 – 10th in Stuttgart, Germany.

Klingelnberg To Present Industry 4.0 Measuring Technology Solutions

Klingelnberg will be exhibiting forward-looking Industry 4.0 solutions in measuring technology.  Klingelnberg will open its exhibit with  four measuring machines and numerous add-on options. The solutions provider’s “exhibition trunk” will include the P 16, P 26, P 40, and P 100 G Precision Measuring Centers, featuring an optimized machine design. This year’s show highlights include gear measurement for cylindrical gears using the Closed Loop method, the new hybrid technology for tactile and optical measuring technology, and solutions for measurement tasks beyond gear measurement.

Hall 6, Booth 6306 For more information:

Bowers Exhibit Connective Metrology Solution

Bowers Group will be exhibiting the Baty VuMaster with MK4 software, which provides the vision system with improved functionality along with Baty’s sophisticated vision system the Venture XT with version 4 Fusion Software. The Baty SM350 bench mounted profile projector with the FT2-E Touch Screen Display with Fusion Software turning this conventional Profile Projector into a 2D Measuring Machine will also be demonstrated.

Bowers Group Sales Director Stuart Millington said: “The main focus for Bowers Group is connectivity. Control is the perfect platform to demonstrate how our range of bore gauges, micrometers, and indicators which all participate in data exchange, enabling measurement instruments to be paired with applications, making receiving data more efficient, and reducing error margins.”

Hall 7, Booth 7103 For more information:

ZeroTouch Metrology Platform Measure x10 Faster

DWFritz will be introducing its ZeroTouch non-contact multipurpose metrology platform to the European market where visitors can witness how this precise, high speed metrology system inspects parts up to 10x faster than traditional CMMs. ZeroTouch combines multiple non-contact sensor technologies with custom multi-spectral lighting and deep learning software in one footprint. The highly configurable system simultaneously captures multiple 3D dimensional measurements in a fraction of time versus traditional CMMs. ZeroTouch measures both geometrical part features, such as bores, undercuts and chamfers, as well as complex surface topology, including surface finish, color and gloss. With easy and automated creation of part measurement plans, there’s no programming required.

Hall 4, Booth 4103 For more information:

Rotational Innovation Featured by RPI

RPI, specialist in precision positioning devices for high accuracy rotary and angular inspection systems, will be launching the QuadProfile at Control 2019. QuadProfile delivers a brand-new capability to the CMM market, as the smallest and most accurate rotary table for turbine blade inspection. RPI are also demonstrating a prototype RotoScan robotic system that automates circular geometry. RotoScan has been designed to automate the inspection of heavy-duty circular components with large diameters such as bearings, aerospace castings and rotors. It uses a robot to automate the inspection capability of components using traditional contact metrology techniques to improve the repeatability and reproducibility of the measurements. RotoScan has been developed with AccuScan software. RPI have more than 750 successful CMM rotary table installations worldwide with its Quadrant range of rotary tables providing an additional CMM axis for inspecting complex parts such as gas turbine discs and fan blades. Not only does this simplify the measurement procedure, it helps to deliver fast and accurate indexing as well as increase the CMM’s application range and effective measuring volume.

Hall 7, Booth 7108 For more information:

Third Dimension Present Accurate Digital Inspection 

Vectro is specifically designed for automated use and replicates the advanced capabilities of GapGun enabling integration for use either robotically or as a fixtured installation for ultra-fast, high accuracy quality control systems. Inspect is a software tool that has been designed to flexibly analyse a component’s profile when used alongside the GapGun or Vectro. It’s quick and easy to use, with multi-section drag and drop tools to provide accurate and traceable digital inspection results, which outperform shadowgraphs and contracer systems. Tim Monks, Chief Executive of Third Dimension, said: “We are becoming more integrated into our customers’ manufacturing processes, and more companies are seeing the benefits for their quality control systems of reduced inspection times, perfect repeatability and accurate recording.”

Hall 5, Booth 5130 For more information:

Renishaw Launch OPTiMUM Diamond Styli Range

Renishaw will be launching its new OPTiMUM™ diamond styli range at Control 2019. The OPTiMUM diamond styli range has been specifically developed for use within metrology applications that require a hard-wearing stylus. The principal advantage of its diamond coated spheres is that they will maintain their roundness and will not suffer material ‘pick up’ or premature wear when scanning abrasive materials or soft alloys. This provides multiple benefits including an increased working life, and reduction in recalibration and inspection downtime.

OPTiMUM diamond coated styli can be made in multiple thread sizes and stem materials, with ball sizes from 1.5 mm up to 8 mm to suit specific applications support the increasing need for high performance and speed in scanning applications. Kevin Gani, Director and General Manager of Renishaw’s Styli and Fixturing Products Division explains “In most inspection challenges, the choice of stylus is critical. Access to workpiece features, inspection times and probe performance are all influenced by the stylus used. With over 40 years experience in producing styli for metrology applications, Renishaw is proud to launch its new OPTiMUM diamond styli range to meet the increasing needs of our global customers.”

Hall 4, Booth 4302 For more information:

Aberlink To Debut Linear Drive CMM

Aberlink will have a new linear drive CNC CMM making its debut at the Control Exhibition.  Named the Horizon CMM, it breaks new ground in design and innovation and will enable Aberlink to further extend its horizon into the high-end CMM market place. Linear motors provide a frictionless maintenance free drive system with exceptional stiffness. However, the drawback of linear motors is that they produce heat along their entire length: heat is the nemesis of metrology and having a heat source along an entire axis is normally disastrous. Aberlink have overcome this by thermally isolating it far from the metrology platform, and then using a unique kinematic isolated drive mechanism to transfer the motor thrust to the centre of gravity of each axis. This results in no acceleration induced metrology errors, thus creating the first linear drive CMM not to suffer from the adverse metrology effects from their dissipating heat signature.

The optimized split Y-axis carriageway design derives all the metrology benefits of a high-carriageway and the operational convenience of a low-carriageway.  In-house manufactured 3D printed components are deployed to join the unidirectional carbon fibre tubing used throughout the design. A non-homogenous X-beam optimizes the stiffness-to-weight ratio along the entire axis. The Horizon CMM is the culmination of Aberlink’s 26 years of CMM design innovation and in-house manufacturing technology. It sets new standards in CNC CMM performance and price.

Hall 7,  Booth 7207  For more information: