Traditional portable CMM (coordinate measuring machine) inspection equipment offers the portability that allows for the measured object to remain stationary. Mounted on the end of an articulated measuring arm, fixed probe or touch-trigger probe heads can be moved around the object for accurate measurements.
But, that’s where the portability ends. Portable CMMs must be held in place on a rigid surface and positioned with the arm. That makes them susceptible to any issues in the environment in which they operate, including vibrations. Issues that could affect the accuracy of a measurement and/or the time it took to perform a measurement.
The Next Generation of Portable CMM Inspection Equipment
With the aim of overcoming the drawbacks of traditional CMMs, the design of the HandyPROBE Next offers handheld portability and ‘measure anywhere versatility.
In addition, this handheld metrology equipment captures measurement data that is impervious to the instabilities of any environment. Without the need for a complex or rigid setup, the HandyPROBE can be set-up in any location. And it produces high-quality inspection data within a wide measurement volume.
Other notable features of the HandyPROBE include:
- Optical portable reflectors for accurate, repetitive inspection without realigning every time
- Ergonomic, lightweight handheld wireless probe allows for complete freedom of movement
- Easily extendable measurement volume
- Multi-function controls integrated into the handheld probe for fast, easy interaction with the software
- Sturdy design and construction makes it at home on the shop floor
- Metrology-grade volumetric accuracy to 0.064 mm
The HandyPROBE is also versatile in the applications it can perform in a wide range of industries. These include the following applications in the manufacturing, consumer products, automotive and aerospace industries.
- Production part inspection
- First article inspection
- Tool and jig verification
- Supplier compliance inspection
- Maintenance, repair and overhaul
- Dynamic measurement
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