Top tube testing from Hexagon Metrology

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Working with the portable Romer inspection arm, measurement plans can be created automatically in first-part inspection or set up offline prior to measurement, making batch measurements faster

Hexagon Metrology’s new TubeShaper product is specifically for applying the measurement capabilities of the Romer Absolute Arm coordinate measuring machine (CMM) to applications such as tube production, tube and pipe inspection, reverse engineering of tubes and tube assemblies, and tube gauging.

A scalable system, designed to meet the needs of engineers, quality managers and shop-floor users, it proves a agile companion software for the portable Romer Absolute Arm tube inspection solution.

TubeShaper offers a number of user-friendly features and is based on an intuitive graphical user interface with two operator access profiles.
Measurement plans can be created automatically in first-part inspection or set up offline prior to measurement, making batch measurements faster while offering repeatability.

Its CAD engine enables the import and export of tube data in various formats, as well as the inspection of full tube assemblies including welded brackets, hangers and flanges.

The software can interface directly with one or more CNC tube benders. As a result, correctional data can calculated and applied within the production cycle, which streamlines operations and almost completely eliminates scrap.

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“The Romer Absolute Arm has become a metrology fixture in a huge range of industries, so it’s easy to forget that the first portable measuring arms were developed for tube measurement,” notes Burt Mason, product line manager at Hexagon Metrology.

“With its modern look and feel, versatile functionality and wide-ranging application potential, TubeShaper will bring the use of the arm to the forefront once again. The user experience is completely different to previous tube measurement software options, and we’re really excited to bring a package like this to market.”


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