Automated Precision Inc. Launches CMM Calibration Services
API Services has added coordinate measuring machine (CMM) calibration to its portfolio of machine tool, industrial robot and laser tracker calibration services. API offers both a standard CMM Certification and a Premium CMM Calibration service to original OEM specifications. The latter includes a full 21-parameter error map created using the API XD laser interferometer and 6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) calibration. Calibration reports include “before” and “after” information. The calibration service brings CMMs to OEM specifications or better in accordance with ISO 10360-2.
API’s CMM service uses a software utility which allows the calibration of all CMMs by importing, reading and modifying the original CMM error maps, regardless of whether the map is located in the CMM controller or in the CMM metrology software.
A laser scanning system helps this shop capture the free-form surfaces on a hand-sculpted original. The resulting digitized models are the basis for CAM applications such as programming a CNC machining center.
The irregularity of a machined surface is the result of the machining process, including the choice of tool; feed and speed of the tool; machine geometry; and environmental conditions. This irregularity consists of high and low spots machined into a surface by the tool bit or a grinding wheel.
Different instruments (and different operators) are prone to different errors.