Modern manufacturing processes use large, complex machine tools with wide-ranging configurations. Today’s requirements on component production are increasingly challenging with tighter tolerances, higher rates and shorter cycle times. This requires higher tool utilisation at great speeds and feed-rates, increasingly vulnerability to wear, deformation and drift.
To maintain machines and prevent scrap, regular checks must be undertaken. Verification operations on large machine tools typically require multiple days of downtime, so checks are scheduled infrequently, and slips in production can cause them to be cancelled altogether.
A high-accuracy laser tracker is placed within the working volume of a machine tool and tracks a target held in the machine tool-holder. The machine is moved through a predetermined path to gather precise three-dimensional static and dynamic data throughout the working volume of the machine. A performance report is automatically generated by the BASELINE algorithm.
BASELINE reduces machine tool verification downtime from several days to less than one hour. It can be used equally well on 3-axis machines or more complex configurations with multiple rotary axes.
By overcoming the issue of lengthy downtimes, BASELINE allows verification checks to be conducted far more regularly.
· Clear, actionable data
· Increased process confidence
· Maintenance interventions that become predictive rather than being reactive
· Deeper insights into machine performance
· Increased profitability through reduced scrap
BASELINE is a new system, using technology that is at the heart of the drive towards industry 4.0.
INSPHERE and Nuclear AMRC are delighted to be hosting BASELINE’s launch at the Nuclear AMRC where we have been working over the past year to test and develop the system on the centre’s largest machining platforms at their world-class facilities in Rotherham.
To register for the event, visit inspherebaselinelaunch.eventbrite.co.uk
The day will include technical presentations from INSPHERE, Nuclear AMRC, and Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. There will also be shop floor demonstrations of the BASELINE technology.
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