The release of the Romer Absolute Arm 1.2m portable Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) sees the versatile arm gain further flexibility and ergonomic design, with quick-start functionality.
To simplify its set-up, a counterweight system enables the Absolute Arm 1.2m to be used without mountings on any surface, while encoders eliminate annoying referencing procedures, letting the operator start measuring with the flip of a switch.
The transportable unit, which can also be battery powered, is aimed for use within confined spaces, including inside a machining center for dimensional control of molds, parts, tooling, castings, and more.
An additional feature packs allow wireless battery-powered operation for maximum portability on the shop-floor, while an integrated camera and worklight facilitate inspections in harsh environments.
The Romer Absolute Arm 1.2m is also compatible with PC-DMIS Touch, a measurement software that uses high-resolution multi-youch display technology on a tablet PC.
“It is a convenient way to take high-tolerance 3D measurements on the shop-floor within confined spaces,” said Stephan Amann, product line manager at Hexagon Metrology. “It is an easy-to-use switch on and go system that quickly and accurately performs tasks that are usually carried out manually.
“It is perfect for on-machine verification, fixture positioning or in-process inspection and is an excellent complement to a stationary CMM.”
Usability features include automatic probe recognition to ensure repeatable results for different probes without calibration and haptic feedback to alert users if an axis limit is reached, aiming to eliminate the risk of bad measurements.