Phillips Precision, Inc. of Boylston, MA and Fowler High Precision of Newton, MA each offer products that are fundamentally changing the way manufacturers inspect parts. By design, they create opportunities for a LEANer process that before now did not exist in the industry. The popular Inspection Arsenal™ quick-swap fixture system enhances the value of Fowler's new zCAT -- a truly portable DCC CMM.
New for the zCAT, a custom base was designed with four locations that accept Loc-N-Load™ quick-swap fixture plates. Two bundled configurations are available that include 6"x6" and 6"x12" fixture plates, a specially designed removable qualifying ball plate, and a versatile angle plate. Also included is a work holding kit versatile enough to hold most any part.
The Loc-N-Load™ fixture system enhances the easy "teach and repeat" mode that sets the zCAT apart. Once programmed, the zCAT takes over ensuring precise, repeatable results as many times as necessary. By fixturing on quick-swap plates, inspectors can change parts in and out without building and breaking down setups. Several unique parts can be setup or multiples of the same part fixtured and programs repeated. Affordable plates can be dedicated and kept with the job box for fast, repeatable setups.
These two products offer similar benefits. They are an affordable solution to companies just starting out with automated inspection or those wanting to complement existing CMM's. Both Inspection Arsenal™ and zCat help to break inspection bottlenecks with a short learning curve and by speeding inspections on the shop floor -- inspections that can be conducted by anyone.
Inspection Arsenal™ also offers companies an opportunity to standardize across all CMM's with its full line of interlocking fixture plates and non-marring workholding.
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