New release of CARTO software provides unlimited measurement range for XM-60 multi-axis calibrator
Renishaw has announced the latest release of its CARTO software suite for calibration products. CARTO 4.2 utilises dynamic data fit functionality to allow Renishaw’s XM-60 multi-axis calibrator to quickly capture and analyse data from linear axes of any length.
XM-60 has become the market leading solution for direct measurement of all six degrees of freedom (linear, vertical and horizontal straightness, pitch, yaw and roll) on any form of linear axis from a single set-up. With the addition of the new XM-60 long range measurement functionality in CARTO 4.2, unlimited measurement range is now possible for the first time providing a powerful diagnostic tool to measure all geometric errors in an axis from a single capture.
For users of volumetric compensation XM-60 provides a quick and accurate method of data population. All measurements are made optically allowing use in any orientation.
Dynamic Data Fit (DDF)
The dynamic data fit functionality within the CARTO Capture application allows XM-60 users to capture straightness measurements dynamically. The test data is recalculated in CARTO Capture to reduce outlying data-points. This improved method offers greater resilience to environmental interference and a better representation of straightness errors for longer axes.
Heidenhain Linear Compensation
When machine tools are new, there are positioning errors in multiple degrees of freedom that vary throughout the working volume. During the normal operational life, machine performance will degrade due to mechanical wear. Linear errors are compensated for using backlash and pitch error compensation, but angular, straightness and squareness errors remain in the machine. This often results in difficulty in achieving desired tolerances, leading to increased component scrap.
Heidenhain linear compensation is a new option in the CARTO Compensate 4.2 application. It allows laser users to apply pitch error compensation to Heidenhain machine tool controls in a quick and easy process.
When volumetric compensation is applied, the machine tool controller automatically applies a correction to reduce the effect of geometric errors. The end result is consistent performance across the entire working volume, allowing the user to fully understand their machine performance capability.