Renishaw ballbars have been dominant in the market for nearly 20 years and that leadership continues today with the QC20-W wireless ballbar system.
The Renishaw QC20-W ballbar system consists of:
In use the balls of the sensor are kinematically located in the magnetic cups. This arrangement enables the ballbar to measure minute variations in radius as the machine follows a programmed circular path around the mount on the machine table.
The data collected is sent to a PC, where Renishaw’s software calculates overall measures of positioning accuracy (circularity, circular deviation) in accordance with international standards such as ISO 230-4 and ANSI/ASME B5.54 or in Renishaw’s own analysis reports. This report uses a unique mathematical analysis to diagnose many additional individual machine errors from the set of linear readings. Data is displayed graphically as well as in numeric format to aid and support diagnosis.
Benefits of ballbar testing
Ballbar testing provides a simple, rapid check of a CNC machine tool’s positioning performance to recognised international standards (e.g. ISO, ANSI/ASME etc) allowing users to benchmark and track the performance of their machines and to quickly diagnose problems that may require maintenance and the error sources that produce them.
Regular ballbar testing of machine tools helps to:
The QC20-W system draws on Renishaw’s many years of experience with ballbar testing and offers significant performance and operational benefits:
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