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Flex-i-Gauge The Flexible Intelligent Shopfloor Gauge from Measurement Solutions

Flex-i-Gauge The Flexible Intelligent Shopfloor Gauge from Measurement Solutions

Added to MTDCNC by Measurement Solutions on 10 June 2015
Shop-Hardened CMM provides high speed inspection on the shopfloor. 
 
The all-new Flexible Intelligent Gauge (Flex-i-Gauge) is a one-piece symmetrical design CMM that has been designed and constructed using the latest CNC machine tool technology to perform dimensional inspection on the manufacturing floor.  The new Flex-i-Gauge Shop-Floor CMM from COORD3 has been developed for the production shop and will perform the most demanding production gauging applications.
 
With a minimum footprint Flex-i-Gauge offers a generous measuring volume of 600 x 560 x 500 mm. The horizontal bearing ways are completely enclosed and fully protected with no exposed cabling. High-resolution glass measuring scales provide a thermally inert measuring accuracy. Open access to the measurement volume provides for ergonomic operator loading or applied automation.
 
The new Flex-i-Gauge is only available in the UK from Measurement Solutions, the leading provider of CMM solutions and services. Managing Director Iain Caville is excited by the opportunities that this new concept provides by stating, "Flex-i-Gauge represents a return to the origins of COORD3 when it started manufacturing cantilever style CMMs using mechanical bearings. Today’s fusion of proven design philosophy, 40 years of CMM metrology experience and the latest technology, result in the Flex-i-Gauge unparalleled measurement solution for the global manufacturing community."
 
Flex-i-Gauge can be supplied with any of the full range of Renishaw Touch Trigger or Tactile Scanning Probes. An integral styli change rack can also be mounted to the rear of the machine structure with no erosion of the available measuring volume. The Flex-i-Gauge is also available with a choice of measuring software solutions, configured to the needs of the user. These can include a one-touch "Program Launch" that allows the machine to be used by unskilled operators. Part programs can be programmed directly from CAD either on or off line, and can include fully-customizable inspection reports to provide only the information needed to monitor both individual part quality and process capability. Due to the demands of shop-floor measurement, Measurement Solutions can also offer a complete turnkey solution with measuring programs provided, drastically reducing the time required to fully utilise the machine in a production environment.
 
Relocating the Flex-i-Gauge to a new point-of-inspection on the shop floor is also easily handled by one person using a standard pallet-truck. Integral anti-vibration levelling feet ensure rapid set-up at the new gauging station location, without the need for compressed air or expensive specialised calibration, thereby offering a unique ‘plug-and­-play’ measuring solution right at the point of production.
 
Angelo Muscarella, CEO of COORD3 who design and manufacture the Flex-i-Gauge, believes the system offers unrivalled productivity and flexibility. "Cellular manufacturing increases the need for workshop enabled flexible gauging using shop-hardened CMM’s. The new COORD3 Flex-i-Gauge further extends the reach of our Coordinate Measuring Machines into this fast growing industrial sector."
 
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