Hexagon MI’s range of CMM machines and portable arms are exceptional. They’re equipped with industry-leading software and technology, enabling them to perform to high standards for years to come. However, with regular use, structural changes or functional changes, both CMM machines and portable arms will lose accuracy, resulting in standards not being met. This is when Hexagon CMM calibration is needed. Calibration is the process of restoring a machine that doesn’t meet the stated specifications to the required standards so that it can perform optimally again.
As Hexagon’s UK technical service partner and with almost 40 years in business, it’s safe to say that we’ve calibrated our fair share of CMM’s – from huge Global machines to smaller Absolute Arms and more. Here, we take a closer look at some important Hexagon calibration considerations…
Type of Calibration
For the majority of calibrations, an artefact will be used. Some of the most common include length gauge blocks, swift-check gauges and ball plates. However, sometimes, a bespoke artefact is required. On the other hand, if a higher level of Hexagon calibration is needed then usually, a laser interferometer is used. The only downside to using an interferometer is that it takes a lot longer to perform a calibration than using a regular artefact.
When it comes to any type of CMM machine calibration, UKAS standards must always be considered. The calibration service provider should be UKAS accredited for a recognised calibration laboratory and they should be experienced in calibrating and certifying Hexagon machines to meet the necessary standards.
CMM’s need to perform to high standards all year round. Without a well-calibrated machine, meeting the twin demands of accuracy and throughput can be hard to balance. On top of this, a poorly calibrated machine could lead to clients losing faith and lost revenue. To help make sure this doesn’t happen, regular Hexagon calibration should be undertaken. We’d recommend that standard, static machines are inspected, certified and recalibrated if needed at least once annually. Regular maintenance checks should also be carried out. Take a look at our CMM maintenance checks infographic here for more advice on this.
How Can Status Help?
Status has been backed by Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence since 1999, as their official UK technical service partner. This not only ensures we can deliver the very best CMM machines, software and technology but it also means we offer industry-leading service and training. Our experience in working with Hexagon machines stretches right back to the Brown and Sharpe days through to their latest Global machines.
We’re able to calibrate Hexagon machines purchased directly through Status, Hexagon or elsewhere. Flexible maintenance and calibration contacts can be provided, to give you peace of mind and save time and money.
At Status, we’re not just a CMM calibration specialist, we’re a full-service metrology solutions provider – covering machines, software, service and training. Take a closer look and find out more by getting in touch with us today on 0115 939 2228 or by emailing email@example.com.