Hexagon Metrology has announced the Leica B-Probe, a wireless probing device that extends the capability of the Leica Absolute Tracker AT402. The handheld Leica B-Probe is designed for the inspection, alignment and assembly of large-scale fabrications such as railway coaches, construction and off-highway vehicles or agricultural machinery.
The Leica B-Probe works within a 32.8 ft. radial distance from the AT402 with an accuracy of ± .008 in. over a full measurement range, offering greater capabilities and flexibility over similar systems that have fixed-base stations. The lightweight 6.7 oz. (190 g) B-Probe features IP50 certification and is AAA battery-powered. By using the move station method, the working range of the system can be multiplied with almost no loss in probing accuracy.
Internal interface box
Heidenhain’s EIB 742 external interface box for precise position measurement is a network-capable measuring solution that removes the requirement of a PC interface card that is usually necessary when connecting a measurement apparatus to an industrial PC or laptop.
The EIB 742 is ideal for inspection stations and multipoint inspection apparatuses under extreme vibration loads. A maximum of four Heidenhain encoders, either with sinusoidal incremental signals or with EnDat interfaces, can be connected to the EIB 742.
This external interface box subdivides the periods of the incremental signals up to 4,096-fold for measured-value generation. The integrated measured-value memory enables the EIB 742 to save up to 250,000 measured values per axis. Internal or external triggers can be used for axis-specific storage of the measured values.
Mitutoyo has introduced the Surftest probe and Surfpak-SP software allowing surface roughness analysis and eliminating the need for workpiece changeover to a second measurement device. An auto-joint probe system allows probe changing automatically between touch trigger or scanning probes, combining dimensional evaluation and surface finish analysis in a single operation.
A PH10M or 10MQ articulating probe head allows access to features requiring rotation for surface roughness measurement. The Surftest probe uses two software packages integrated to provide a comprehensive solution. The modular design coordinates with the software and allows for seamless integration.
Process monitoring software
Renishaw’s Equator comparative gaging system now includes process monitoring software that displays measurement results of inspected features and the history of each feature through a monitoring window added to the shop-floor user interface.
The front-end software works with Renishaw’s Modus program allowing operators to manage the re-mastering process based on temperature limits, number of parts or time since the last master. A status bar graph shows inspection results for the last part measured as a proportion of tolerance on either side of the nominal. Operators can configure the system to set extra warning limits on part features, beyond the pass/fail tolerance limits already set by the inspection program, allowing them to take action before a process reaches 100% of tolerance.
CRC has introduced calcium oleate food-grade grease. It is a NLGI Grade 2 synthetic lubricating grease formulated specifically for food processing, baking and beverage industries. Thickened with calcium oleate, this grease has a high dropping point, which is useful in high-temperature applications. It provides lubrication from -40°F to 560°F.
A combination of additives gives the calcium oleate food-grade grease an extremely high 4-ball weld point while offering anti-wear/extreme pressure properties, oxidation resistance and corrosion protection.
The calcium oleate food-grade grease is plastic safe and NSF H1 registered for incidental food contact. The grease is recommended for use in bakeries and high temperature ovens, food processing and handling equipment, breweries, canneries, carton/packaging equipment, dairies and meat processing plants.
Gigahertz-Optik’s BTS256-E light meter provides necessary illuminance, color and spectral data to fully qualify solid state lighting and any other type of light source. It has been designed for lighting designers, engineers, manufacturers and maintenance workers to accurately characterize any type light source onsite in realtime.
The BTS256-E features a bi-technology sensor that includes both a precision photometric photodiode and diode array spectrometer. Any spectral mismatch error of the photopic sensor is compensated online using the diode array’s measured spectral data. This reduces measurement uncertainty when evaluating any type of light source.
A large 20 mm diameter diffuser provides a precise cosine corrected measurement geometry, a basic requirement for accurate illuminance measurements. It is built for rugged field portability in a lightweight aluminum housing. It is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery and features a large size 240 x 160 pixel resolution transflective display located on the same side of the housing as the input optic. Three front-panel control buttons control all meter functions like illuminance area mapping, internal memory and datalogging.