Relentless metrology innovation from Aberlink – MACH 2022

With no MACH show for four years, Aberlink will exhibit a number of new metrology products at this year’s event.

The Extol CMM is the 2nd generation shop-floor CNC CMM from Aberlink. Available in two sizes, and supporting touch-probe and contact scanning, the Extol is said to break new ground in metrology performance.

Aberlink claims it is the first CMM OEM to successfully error map the 42 degrees of freedom found within a non-cartesian delta mechanism. Considering the XYZ measuring range offered by the two different sized Extol CMMs, their overall footprint is remarkably compact, and only needing a single-phase power supply and no air supply, the Extol can be installed exactly where it is needed on the shop floor.

The Eastcombe, Stroud-based company will also exhibit the new Horizon linear drive CNC CMM which is a culmination of Aberlink’s 29 years of CMM design innovation and in-house manufacturing technology. In-house manufactured frictionless linear drives are the key to its fast and exceptionally smooth motion. The kinematic isolated drive mechanism is completely independent of the CMM structure and ensures that the motor thrust is directed through the centre of gravity of the moving parts.

This avoids acceleration induced metrology errors and thermally isolates the linear motors from the metrology structure of the CMM. In-house manufactured 3D printed components are used throughout the design. A non-homogenous X-beam optimises the stiffness-to-weight ratio along the entire axis. Aberlink believes the Horizon is a standout CNC CMM with fast, smooth, silent motion that is ideally suited to fast contact scanning.

Aberlink will also exhibit the new Fulcrum manual measuring machine which incorporates a novel three rotary axis design to enable fast and accurate 3D inspection of parts as they are manufactured. This desktop measuring machine is ideal for shop-floor part inspection as it enables high accuracy, easy to use manual inspection next to the machine tools where the parts are produced. The software interface has been streamlined to make it easy for people with no previous CMM experience to quickly and intuitively start measuring parts with the minimum of training.

When you buy an Aberlink CMM you own it. The company actively opposes the current trend for subscription models, where customers are forced to subscribe to maintenance, service, calibration and warranty contracts.

While Aberlink is happy to offer all of the above, there is no requirement – users are automatically be entitled to free software upgrades. The latest version of software is available to download from the company’s website. In the four years since the its last MACH participation, Aberlink’s in-house CMM software development has been relentless.

Existing and prospective customers are invited to visit the Aberlink stand for an overview of the new functionality within the latest release of its CMM inspection software (version 4.18). 

Aberlink
www.aberlink.com
Hall 19, Stand 507     

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