Infrared Touch Probe for Small, Delicate Workpieces

Hexagon Metrology’s m&h IRP40.50 infrared touch probe for miniature machining centers is well-suited for inspection in tight spaces.

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Hexagon Metrology’s m&h IRP40.50 infrared touch probe for miniature machining centers is well-suited for inspection in tight spaces. The self-contained wireless CNC probe measures 25 mm in diameter and 44.2 mm long without shank and stylus. The probe is slightly larger than a standard USB stick with the shank and stylus, enabling the measurement of small and delicate workpieces.

According to Hexagon, the probe provides adequate room to measure in the Z axis without the risk of collision. Stylus threading enables fast cycles at speeds ranging to 2,000 m/min., and a high data rate infrared transmission ensures that the system’s own signals are processed while disturbances caused by extraneous light are ignored. Designed to inspect and correct the machining process, the probe enables in-process measurement to reduce scrap and rework and is compatible with the PC-DMIS NC-Gage v2.1 software. Continuous run time ranging to 400 hrs. with reduced energy consumption is possible, the company says.

The probe offers a probing force of 0.7 N (XY) and is suitable for micro-manufacturing operations involving small workpieces with complex geometries and tight tolerances. It is designed for use in industries such as firearms, medical, dental, additive manufacturing and electronics.

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