CMMs are widely considered to be one of the fastest and most accurate ways to complete precise and complex measurements within today’s fast-moving engineering and manufacturing environments.
Although CMM measurement is no longer a new concept with many machines out there having already delivered years and in some cases, decades of great service, the world of CMMs has moved on.
If you’re concerned that your older CMM is no longer delivering as it should, or you feel that it is holding your inspection department back, give it a new lease of life with a CMM retrofit.
The great thing about CMMs is that the physical bridge has remained pretty much unchanged in design since its inception into the market back in the late 1970’s. The major technological advancements of recent years have all come via the probing, controllers and software attached to the bridge. A typical CMM is highly unlikely to physically wear out before it becomes obsolete.
Which is where Status can help you – by bringing your CMM in line with some of the latest showroom offerings, without the upheaval and major re-investment of replacing equipment.
As Hexagon UK’s exclusive and only official service partner, Status Metrology has access to their entire suite of the latest tools and products. This means when you select Status for your retrofit you’ll receive the following:
The RC Line Controller Range
These CMM Controllers are truly at the cutting edge, being robust, reliable and fully future-proofed. They are specially designed to work with all makes and models of CMMs and focus on high level processing power that is vital in keeping up with today’s rapid inspection demands.
The world of sensors is fast moving with new advancements coming to market all the time. These controllers can not only handle big data fast, but can process the full suite of probes and sensors:
The RC241 is designed to accommodate smaller format CMM’s whereas the bigger RC1 is designed for larger format CMM’s and comes with a 48 volt option for the more powerful CMM’s out there.
Utilising an RC Line Controller with the option to select whichever probing or sensor best suits your requirements, gives you a winning combination.
PC-DMIS Inspection Software
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence produces PC-DMIS, the market-leading CMM application. PC-DMIS outperforms all major competitors in terms of flexibility, advanced features, and even price – which is why we’ve made it our standard choice for all software retrofits. All of our new retrofits come with the latest version of PC-DMIS as standard, which includes the game-changing path optimiser!
If you’re not currently a PC-DMIS user, the upheaval of re-writing your back catalogue of parts programs can often be too much to bear, thus resulting in the continued service of substandard measuring solutions. Which can prevent your inspection department from accessing the latest technology.
At Status we utilise a unique interface that allows the RC Line Controller to operate PC-DMIS and a full range of other software packages such as CAMIO and M-COSMOS. That way you gradually migrate your existing part programs over to PC-DMIS whilst still being able to use your old files.
What Are The Other Benefits to Retrofitting?
There are many reasons why you may choose to retrofit your old CMM equipment, for example, wear and tear, loss of accuracy, or high maintenance costs.
In most cases, retrofits are performed on machines in the final third of their working lifecycle, but some businesses choose to retrofit their machine early on in its life to keep up-to-date with inspection requirements or new software releases.
There are so many reasons as to why you may benefit from retrofitting your CMM machine, here’s just a few of them:
- Lower running costs and maintenance requirements
- Increase inspection capacity
- Increase reliability by restoring accuracy
- Extend a machines working life
- Reduce cycle time
- Reduce downtime
- Repair broken components
- Provide a stop-gap solution until you can invest in additional equipment
- Take advantage of the world’s leading CMM software – PC-DMIS
- Reduce staff and training requirements/costs
- Take on more varied measurements
- Increase automation options
- Increase operational efficiency
- Comply with new industry standards or legislation
Retrofitting will transform and future-proof a little used, reliable, or obsolete machine into a dependable, fully operable, easy-to-use asset for your business.
Time to Take a Closer Look?
Do you want to unlock the hidden potential of your CMM machine? We guarantee fast delivery times on all retrofits and upgrades.
Choosing to retrofit your machine with Status could not be simpler. Our customer support team is here should you have any queries. You can call us on 0115 939 2228, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our online enquiry form here.