Universal sensor interface for Leitz ultra high-accuracy coordinate measuring machines launched commercially
Hexagon Metrology has announced that the SENMATiQ universal sensor interface system for Leitz ultra high-accuracy coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) will be available to order from the end of this month. Premiered in May this year at Control 2015 in Stuttgart, Germany, the much-anticipated system enables the fully-automatic exchange of sensors within part programs.
Designed to make programming easier while maximising machine uptime and productivity, the SENMATiQ interface is integrated directly into the quill of the CMM and uses a mechanical loading system to engage the sensor without operator intervention. A built-in probe identification system recognises the sensor immediately and checks its status, so there is no need to recalibrate between exchanges. The data gathered by each sensor is contained within the same software session, enabling users to gather a comprehensive overview of the workpiece using the best sensor available for every aspect and feature.
SENMATiQ is based around on a universal sensor switch and intelligent sensor module, enabling it to accept all common sensor types including analogue scanning sensors, optical and vision sensors. The interface system also means additional sensors can be easily integrated, offering an agile and future-proof solution to overcome complex measurement challenges on a single CMM.
“In the smart manufacturing environments of today, having the right sensor available at the right time is so important to efficiency. SENMATiQ offers this flexibility without adding to the operator’s workload, resulting in a real positive impact on productivity.” said Micha Neininger, Sensors Product Manager at Hexagon Metrology.
The SENMATiQ sensor toolset includes the HP-S-X5 3D scanning probe, capable of carrying stylus extensions of up to 500 mm. Also available is the motorised indexing probe head HH-AS-2.5 with HP-S-X1 scanning sensor and the PRECITEC LR optical sensor for non-contact measurements on matte, reflective, glass or transparent materials. SENMATiQ will be available as an option with new Leitz CMM orders worldwide from 26 August 2015.