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Measurement & Process Control Solutions for the Shop Floor
Marposs offers a wide range of standard components and dedicated solutions designed for dimensional measurement and inspection of geometric characteristics of both incoming and production parts. These include products from our Testar line as well as application-tailored Dedicated Solutions.
Marposs measurement and process control solutions are designed to survive and function reliably on the shop floor. They range from gauging, balancing systems and acoustic sensors for grinders to probe systems, tool checking devices, process monitoring and on-board dimensional measurement for cutting machines.
Marposs supplies modular industrial PC, workstations, networks and application software to support the efficient integration of measurement data into department and plant-wide process and quality control systems. Powerful, yet easy-to-use software for measurement and SPC is combined with an array of robust hardware solutions for manual or fully automatic applications.
Quality Solutions for a Productive Shop Floor
Marposs is the world’s leading supplier of precision metrology equipment for improving productivity and reducing costs in manufacturing. Through gauges, controls and software products specifically designed for use on the shop floor, Marposs enables manufacturers to efficiently move measurement, inspection and process control out of the lab and closer to the machining process. Marposs has responded to its customers’ needs to reliably measure and document quality by developing a new generation of measurement and inspection products that are extremely accurate, easy to use and that provide a rapid return on investment.
Newly updated 3D Shape Inspector part measurement software for machines with up to 5 axes, and newly enhanced software for its Mida Laser tool setters for gauging and updating the cutting radius of mold making tools such as ball nose end mills. Marposs will provide live demonstrations of the new software packages along with its Mida spindle probes, Mida Laser 75 tool setter, and other products for measurement, inspection and process control will be presented by Marposs at Mold Making Expo, April 23-24, 2008, in Booth #818. Installed on the machine tool’s CNC or on a separate PC, Marposs’ 3D Shape Inspector (3DSI) software enables mold makers to turn a machining center or milling/turning machine into a virtual CMM by providing rapid verification of workpiece form and accuracy without removing the part from the machine. The operator receives instant part quality feedback that can allow immediate part rework and printout of simple, self-explanatory reports. On-machine measurement saves considerable time in removing the part for inspection in a lab and then refixturing and resetting the part whenever additional machining is required. Marposs has recently updated the 3DSI software for use with machine tools with 4th and 5th axis capabilities. New tool gauge cycles for use with Mida Laser systems include a program especially designed to allow mold makers to obtain the maximum tool life of ball nose end mills and other cutting tools. The new tool gauge cycle for gauging the radius of the tool’s cutting edge checks that the shape of the tool is correct for the purpose of obtaining its error as compared to the theoretical shape. Sharad Mundra, Marposs Mida Probing product manager, notes that mold making tools such as ball nose end mills experience non-uniform wear compared to standard tools that tend to wear at the center and on the diameter. “Because different points of the ball nose end mill are in contact with the part throughout the machining program, tool wear is not distributed evenly along the tool radius,” explains Mundra. “As the tool cuts, we know exactly which points of the tool are cutting so the operator can pick up the real value at different points on the cutter to compensate for wear.” The Mida Laser 75 software feature enables mold manufacturers to use their ball nose end mills to the fullest extent and not use an average value for calculation. The new software feature is ideal for use with cylindrical mills with spherical head, coned milling cutters with spherical head and disk-type milling cutters with round inserts. Complete information on the new 3D Shape Inspector software and new tool gauge cycles for use with Mida Laser tool setting systems can be obtained on the company’s web site at www.marposs.com and www.midaprobing.com or by contacting Marposs toll-free at 1-888-627-7677.
Marposs Corp. will introduce its new Protomar 300 in-process gauge for cylindrical grinders in booth # E-5521 at IMTS, Sept. 13-18, 2010, in Chicago.
The new Protomar 300 is an absolute gauge with measuring accuracies equal to that of standard in-process gauges. The Protomar 300 gauge, which has a measuring range of 300 mm, has been designed for measuring diameters having continuous or interrupted surfaces of any shape and number of teeth with +/- 2 microns accuracy. Its wide measuring range allows the Protomar 300 to gauge sequentially any number of different external diameters on large parts such as railway axles, mill rolls, printing rolls, electrical motors and wind power generators. All measurements are referenced to a single calibration cycle, thereby eliminating the need for a dedicated setup master for each part or diameter to be ground.
The Protomar 300 gauge is designed for use with the Marposs P7 multi-function control unit, which eliminates the need for special software in the machine CNC for control and machine/operator interface. The Protomar 300 and P7 system provides real-time grinding cycle control through a variety of interfaces and I/O options. When connected to a P7 unit, the same Protomar 300 in-process gauge can be used for post-process roundness checking at the end of the grinding cycle. Information regarding the status of the shape compared with two programmable thresholds can be provided by the P7 control unit to the machine’s PLC or a remote system to perform further shape control analysis or statistical control to calculate and monitor process and machine capability.
Use of the Protomar 300 gauge and P7 control unit enables high performance and consistent cycle time while reducing and optimizing the grinding cycle.
For more information on the new Protomar 300 absolute in-process gauge, contact Marposs by toll-free phone 1-888-627-7677, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the company’s website at www.marposs.com
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In-Process Monitoring System Improves Part Quality
Marposs offers the Artis CTM-V5 system with DDU-4 torque and feed-force sensor for identifying tool breakage and worn tools.
Optical Touch Probe for Large Machining Centers
Marposs will showcase the Mida VOS optical touch probe system for use on large three- and five-axis machining centers.
Monitoring System for Complete Production
The Marposs Monitoring Solutions initiative provides monitoring systems for complete production fields.
Modular Process Monitoring and Control System Increases Process Safety
Available from Marposs, Artis Systems’ Genior Modular process monitoring and control system is designed to increase process safety of machine tools without complex and tedious setting.
Multi-Channel Optical Transmission Touch Probe System
Marposs’ Mida VOS optical touch-probe system is designed for use on large three- and five-axis machining centers.
Radio System Enables Machine Tool Setup, Inspection
Suitable for part setup and inspection on medium to large machining centers and mills, Marposs’ World Radio System includes a wireless touch probe, wireless tool setter and wireless bore gage, all of which communicate via a single radio frequency receiver.
Tool Breakage Detection System
Marposs’ Mida TBD non-contact tool breakage detector unit is designed to provide fast and reliable verification of tool presence or breakage inside the machine tool.
Artis Systems, a unit of Marposs, offers the Crashsensor ACS-3 three-axis acceleration sensor with datalogger.
Gage Computer Offers Enhanced Data Storage, Operating Features
Marposs offers an additional version of its Merlin-embedded gage computer with Microsoft Windows XP operating system.
Products for Shop Floor Measurement and Inspection
The i-Wave gage’s wireless handle enables “plug-and-play” change-over of a variety of mechanical gage heads without any tools, the company says.
Crash Sensing System
The Crashsensor ACS-3 is equipped with a multi-axis acceleration sensor, evaluation electronics and micro controller combined in one housing.
Probing Systems and Software for On-Machine Measuring
Marposs’ 3D Shape Inspector part measurement and verification software is designed for machine tools with as many as five axes.
Optimize Measurement Data Acquisition, Management
Quick SPC for Windows version 3 is a suite of software products from Marposs designed for measurement and inspection data acquisition and management. Framed in a wizard-driven user interface, the SPC and quality control software uses add-ons for gaging applications in specialized industry segments.
Programmable Tool Verification And Breakage Control System
The Mida Laser 75P non-contact programmable tool setting system incorporates a protection system with air-tunnel effect, a powerful integrated microprocessor for best performance under coolant, an active drip rejection filter and enhanced noise reduction with double filtering technology. The programmable system can be adapted to the tool type under verification, to the same rotation speed used during machining and to the desired measuring cycle. The system is available with a “collimated” or “focused” laser beam.
Compact Gaging System Allows In-Process Inspection On Small Grinding Machines
This new gaging system not only is compact enough to install on small grinding machines, but also can measure a part’s OD, ID and length to sub-micron accuracy.
Optical Twin Probe System
An integrated probing system enables the installation of both tool setting and part inspection probes onto machine tools using a single wireless interface unit. The Mida Optical Twin Probe System, which incorporates a compact, tube-type optical receiver interface (ORI), is said to simplify probing applications, especially in situations where connecting cables proves to be difficult, such as installations on machines with rotary tables or dual pallets. This combination is said to facilitate the speedy measurement of tool length and diameter, breakage detection and part setup and inspection times.
High Precision Optical Spindle Probe
Marposs introduces the Mida OGP70 optical spindle probe for use in very high precision machining centers and milling machines. The optical spindle probe has unidirectional repeatability of 0. 1 µm.