Automated Precision Europe GmbH (API) has further improved their distribution channels by entering a new partnership in Italy for its Radian Laser Tracker system products and accessories. In addition to their long-time partner Microservice S.r.l., API Radian products will now also be sold by COORD3 in Italy with immediate effect. COORD3, with its expertise in 3D coordinate measuring technology, provides ideal conditions for successful consulting and support of interested parties and customers.
Fulvio Valenziano, Regional Manager at COORD3, summarises the basis of the cooperation: “Best in class technology from the inventor of laser tracking, now through COORD3, is brought even closer to the Italian customer base.”
“Combining the measurement system know-how of COORD3 with API’s innovative product portfolio complements each other perfectly. Aligning the global API network close to every customer through local presence is part of our proven ‘globallylocal’ customer orientation,” added Jan-Hendrik Lott, General Manager of API in Europe.
API offers innovative mobile 3D measurement technology solutions through on-site measurement services, calibration of Laser Trackers, and an attractive rental program for immediate availability. Thanks to a Virtual Showroom, online demos of the products are available at short notice for customers in Italy and around the world.
Complex components can be analysed in a fully function-orientated manner with a combination of gear and 3D coordinate metrology. By Heinrich Brüderle, sales manager Europe and America, Wenzel
The requirements for metrology regarding throughput and flexibility are steadily increasing. Not only are individual measuring methods becoming faster—measuring systems should also become universally deployable. Ideally, different kinds of measurement tasks should therefore be able to be performed by one single system and in one process.
Entire Metrological Analysis
In conjunction with a change rack, it is possible to automatically switch between different probe configurations during the course of a measurement program. An intervention by the operator is not required and thus reproducible, user-independent measurement results can be achieved.The combination of gear and 3D coordinate metrology not only allows the complete measurement of various gear, prismatic and free-form components but also the entire metrological analysis with regard to form and location. This means that complex components can be analysed in a fully function-orientated manner. This is particularly evident in the case of components where gearing and geometrical elements are combined, such as planetary gear carrier sets.
Gear and 3D measuring systems normally differ in their construction. Gear measuring systems are conceived for measuring rotationally symmetrical workpieces with three linear and one rotary axis. Gear measurements can be performed according to gearing principles with the aid of the integrated rotary table, thus enabling optimum tactile contact conditions.
On the other hand, 3D coordinate measuring systems are more universally applicable due to their rectangular measuring volume, with prismatic and free-form components being typical.
The accuracy and acceptance procedures are also based on the respective application fields. Gear measuring machines are accepted according to the VDI/VDE-Directives 2612/13 and 3D measuring machines according to the ISO 10360 series of standards. The data from the 3D coordinate systems describe the precision of single-point probing and linear measurements. These are performed on reference standards such as spherical reference standards, step gauges or ball bars.
In order to combine both metrology principles, both acceptance procedures are used on a combination machine. In favour of achieving an optimal precision, the smallest residual, structural errors are captured and compensated by CAA laser compensation. These errors are reduced to a minimum in various ways, such as structures made with mechanical precision and the application of hand-lapped granite guideways.
Measuring Against CAD Data
If a 3D coordinate measuring machine is equipped with an integrated rotary table, the basics of gear metrology can be combined with the flexibility of 3D coordinate measuring machines. This procedure provides the possibility to use gear measuring software as well as 3D measuring software on one measuring machine.
In this way, prismatic components, for example cases can be programmed and measured against the CAD data, with extensive shape and position analysis also being feasible. In particular, position tolerances can be evaluated this way both in terms of production as well as function. On request, certain machine sizes can be equipped with tailstocks for the measurement of shafts.
The optimal utilisation of the coordinate measuring machine is due to the application of the 3D and gear measuring software. A broad range of gear measuring machines offers solutions analysis of minute gears up to large ring gears and bearings with a diameter of up to 6,000 mm.