Hexagon Metrology announces the availability of the SENMATiQ universal sensor interface for high-precision Leitz three-dimensional measuring machines (MMTs). Unveiled last May at Control 2015 in Stuttgart, Germany, this highly anticipated system allows automatic replacement of sensors within parts measurement programs.
Designed to facilitate programming while maximizing machine usage time and productivity, the SENMATiQ interface is directly integrated into the MMT's vertical axis and uses a mechanical charging system to position the sensor without manual intervention. An integrated sensor identification system instantly recognizes the sensor and verifies its condition. This frees the user from a recalibration between replacements. The data collected by each sensor is recorded during the same session of the software, allowing users to get a global overview of the part using the sensor best suited to each aspect and characteristic.
SENMATiQ is based on a universal sensor switch and a smart sensor module that give it the ability to support all types of common sensors, including analog scanning sensors, optical sensors and vision sensors. The interface system also allows for the simple integration of additional sensors. It is a flexible and sustainable solution for implementing complex measures on the same MMT.
"In today's smart manufacturing environment, it's very important to have the right sensor at the right time to do an effective job. SENMATiQ offers this flexibility without increasing the operator's workload, and this really has a positive effect on productivity," explains Micha Nenninger, Sensor Product Manager at Hexagon Metrology.
The SENMATiQ sensor kit includes the HP-S-X5 3D scanning head, which supports stylus extensions up to 500 mm. The package also includes the HH-AS-2.5 motorized indexing head, the HP-S-X1 scanning sensor and the PRECITEC-LR optical sensor for contactless measurements on glass, transparent, matte or reflective materials.
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