ZEISS Industrial Quality Solution recently announced its introduction of the affordable coordinate measuring machine (CMM). The spectrum bridge-type CMM has an ergonomic system that can handle daily measurement applications. The time consuming structured programming and line by line text editing is replaced by CALYPSO measurement software. Native product manufacturing info (PMI) models created in Siemens NX, CATIA, Creo, and Solidworks are accepted in CAD functionality of CALYPSO. Measurement development cost and time can be effectively lowered in CALYPSO and PMI models. Customized measurement reporting and delivery of measurement report in the desired format to fit the consumer need can be done using ZEISS PiWeb reporting plus software. Key measurement trends can be monitored with PiWeb which gives enough time to make changes in the manufacturing process if there is a need for change.
Manufacturing becomes more complex and requires parts that are refined, and there is a need to make accurate and precise measurements to maintain the quality of the products. CMM eliminates the need for a dimensional lab and gives you powerful output with accuracy in a small amount of time. The measuring volumes of ZEISS SPECTRUM CMMs are 500 x 500 x 600 mm to 700 x 1000 x 600 mm. Intelligent scanning controller ZEISS C99L is placed on top of the CMM to increase floor space and reduce footprint. To provide rigidity and stability at maximum acceleration and speeds ceramic guideways are used on by wrap-around air bearings. The guideways are made to withstand wear, temperature, and corrosion. The integrated system design is used in measurement uncertainty specifications which calibrates to ISO10360 standards.
Inspection of the surface plate is a time-consuming process which can be quickly done by CMM by aligning the part in three axes in one go. The single setup removes the error caused by different orientation. Any dimensional characteristics including gears, cams, and wrapped surfaces can be measured with CMM. The machine requires less influence from the operator and delivers accurate results compared to hand inspection tools. The advantages of the CMM makes it productive than other conventional methods; furthermore, the data handling system and analytical capability adds to the productivity factor.