Hexagon Metrology recently launched the Brown & Sharpe 4.5.4 SF generation of shop floor coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). Designed to excel in harsh manufacturing environments, the SF series introduces a variety of new features. With a focus on portability, the new CMM has a small footprint of 52.2 in. x 32.8 in. x 79.5 in., which fits through a standard door. Its computer, controller, and interface boxes are integrated into one self-contained unit with locking wheels, for greater mobility throughout the shop floor. The 4.5.4 SF also uses standard 110/220 V outlets with no need for shop air. Product availability is limited to North America, with other worldwide launches planned later in 2012.
The 4.5.4 SF incorporates evolutionary design improvements for measurement and inspection, such as advanced thermal isolation and temperature compensation to ensure accuracy in changing shop floor environments. The CMM’s design and standard elastomeric dampers isolate the measuring platform from most vibrations. Inverted high resolution Heidenhain scales, covered ways and internal cable management protect machine components from ambient dust and debris while minimizing friction. Hardened linear drives and recirculating bearings contribute to the CMM’s overall durability. For extreme environments, an optional active vibration dampening system is available.
The SF series comes standard with PC-DMIS metrology software. PC-DMIS STI+ (single touch interface) is controlled through a touch screen, expediting inspection program selection and launch. The software makes it easy for shop floor personnel to check parts without becoming CMM experts. With a few steps, STI+ graphically guides users through part setup and measurement and then produces concise reports for action.
Said Eric Bennett, Product Manager from Hexagon Metrology, “The 4.5.4 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.”