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Renishaw's Machining Cell at IMTS Provides One-Stop Shopping for Measurement, Connectivity, and Process Control

Renishaw will exhibit a high-productivity machining cell at IMTS 2016. Visitors to their booth (E-5509) will see a demonstration of how the cell's complementary technologies contribute to achieve high levels of productivity and manufacturing capability throughout the manufacturing process. The Renishaw cell will demonstrate the machining of an enclosure housing to show how measurement data and connectivity can enable highly automated, highly productive, accurate manufacturing, and maintain low overall labor costs.

The cell will show the effects of machine tool performance on the quality of parts produced, as well as how manufacturers can monitor and control their machines to ensure they are capable of producing good parts. Renishaw will also demonstrate rapid automated setting of tools and workpiece location using standard user-programmable cycles.

The ability to monitor key process inputs, analyze data and continuously improve manufacturing processes is key to increased productivity and higher accuracy. Renishaw's predictive Process Control Pyramid establishes checks and measurements before, during and immediately after machining, to control both common-cause and special-cause variation. Simply measuring the output of a manufacturing process using "tailgate" inspection is typically not enough, and often, too late to control all the variability in a manufacturing process.

Intelligent machining processes are a critical element in advanced manufacturing technology. Widely publicized trends such as Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things, cloud computing and data mobility provide manufacturers with an unparalleled opportunity to develop processes that deliver improved productivity and process capability. Improvements in interconnectivity between systems and easy access to automation will also be important in enabling the effective adoption of new processes and technology.

Automation, measurement and feedback can deliver process control throughout the stages of manufacturing. Optimized processes monitor not only the condition of parts, but also the performance of machines, process trends, interventions and environmental effects.

To integrate off-machine gauging the cell uses robot handling and data connectivity. It provides automatic tool offset control and point-of-manufacture quality assurance, keeping the machining process centered and giving confidence in the quality of parts before they progress to the next process. When all machining and finishing processes are complete, CMM inspection is used to verify the final parts meet specifications.

The Renishaw booth will provide a one-stop opportunity to explore the full array of technologies required to measure many of the key process variables in CNC machining and other forms of manufacturing.

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