AIMS Metrology and Renishaw Team Up to Make Turnkey 5-Axis CMM System a Reality for the Shop Floor

The drive to propel growth through data-informed decisions has made coordinate measuring machines (CMM) with infinite 5-axis probe head positioning a fixture on the shop floor.

AIMS Metrologys' Revolution Series Summit 10.10.10, LM and HB provide accurate, flexible three-dimensional inspection of small to large in-process and post-process parts on the shop floor, in the lab or in an automated cell.

AIMS' lab-grade LM offers multi-sensor capabilities with Renishaw's REVO-2 delivering measuring speeds up to 500 mm/second and data collection rates of up to 4,000 points per second for increased part throughput.

VIDEO: Aims Metrology HB Machine

The mobile HB, fitted with Renishaw's 5-axis PH20, can be placed on or near a production line to provide dimensional verification and process flow monitoring in real time. The Summit's large part inspection capacity (40 in. from left to right, top to bottom and front to back) can accommodate REVO-2's RVP vision and SFP2 surface measurement. AIMS' designs minimize wear and tear for zero maintenance and use 110/220-volt outlets, eliminating the need for shop air.

"We're a single source provider that builds and assembles our CMMs in the U.S.," says Mark Gearding, AIMS Co-Owner and Vice President. "We have an in-house service group and application team that allows us to customize the CMM to a job shop or fabricator's needs. That includes programming, custom holding fixtures, tooling, automation, service and support."

Raw material and labor shortages and the need to understand what is happening on the shop floor at any given moment mean fabricators can't afford to run 20 or 30 parts before the first part is inspected.

"We're seeing more and more applications where a turnkey system -- from a support perspective -- is the best solution," Gearding says. "Our 5-axis CMMs coupled with the right software package are helping job shops and fabricators implement an Industrial Internet of Things model where integrated measurement technology can effectively contribute to more efficient manufacturing processes through connectivity. Multisensor inspection requirements will continue to grow in order to adapt to ongoing product changes. We are one of the few OEMs that can provide a true shop floor turnkey package along with the service and support."

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