New Development Offers Easy Alignment For Stage Builders

Users of Renishaw’s leading XM-60 multi-axis calibrator can now benefit from a new single-axis horizontal stage. This enables precise alignment in applications without an axis perpendicular to the travel. Precision translation of the XM-60 launch unit is easily achieved with the horizontal stage, without disturbing yaw alignment. This feature is particularly useful for applications such as stages and printers.

The XM-60 is a laser measurement system capable of measuring errors in six degrees of freedom along a linear axis, simultaneously from a single set-up. It has been designed to measure motion errors directly, by aligning the laser beams with the axis under test. This reduces the inaccuracies which can result from complex mathematics used in alternative measurement techniques. Direct measurement makes comparison, before and after adjustments, a quick and simple task.

A vertical stage that can be used separately or in combination with the horizontal stage will be available later in 2020.

Target-Based’ and ‘Free-Run’ Modes

The XM-60 system has been designed to provide ultimate flexibility for a range of applications.  For example, ‘target-based mode’ is tailor made for compensating machine errors and producing performance reports to international standards.

Renishaw’s CARTO software ‘free-run mode‘ allows users to capture data immediately, without having to define the positions, or even the number of targets. The software displays straightness (horizontal and vertical), pitch, yaw and roll errors against linear position. Triggering can be manual (with a keypress), automatic (based on stability of position) or continuous (captured during motion at a user-defined interval).

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