Axiom Too CMM

Zenith 3 CMM

Azimuth

Coordinate Measuring Machines

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Axiom too CMM

Zenith three CMM

Azimuth

Xtreme CNC CMM

Precision measurements in even the most extreme manufacturing environments - CMM accuracy wherever you need it.

The Xtreme is a revolutionary shop floor CNC CMM designed using a non-Cartesian structure and utilising linear motors and mechanical bearings. It is therefore an extremely robust, stand-alone inspection unit that is sold at a price that means precision measurements can now be made anywhere that you want them.

Designed using a non-Cartesian structure and utilising linear motors and mechanical bearings, as its name implies, the Xtreme CNC CMM provides a robust solution for providing precision inspection results. The unique CMM’s advantageous configuration ensures that it maintains its accuracy at very fast measurement rates and does not suffer from the accumulative inaccuracies that occur in conventional 3-axis Cartesian designs.

The Xtreme is a self-contained inspection unit. It has no air bearings, so no requirement for compressed air - just plug it in and go. Built-in temperature control and a compact footprint allow the Xtreme to be placed wherever it is needed.

Another unique advantage of the Xtreme is that all of the struts are controlled to operate at 40°C. This means that the measurement structure of the Xtreme will always be at a constant temperature even when the ambient environment is not controlled and hence measurement accuracy will be maintained.

The innovative Xtreme is an evolution of CMM technology. However, it is the price of the Xtreme that will have such a significant effect on the market, with the potential for multiple units replacing a single inspection room CMM, ensuring that measurement is provided close to where it is required

KEY FEATURES

  • No compressed air required - the Xtreme is 'plug and go'
  • The Xtreme's mechanical bearings mean that it is robust, so ideal for less than perfect environments
  • Built-in temperature control - accuracy is maintained even when ambient temperature is not controlled
  • Aberlink's revolutionary easy-to-use measurement software
  • Shortest learning curve of any equivalent system - 1 day without prior CMM experience
  • Smallest overall footprint of any comparable size CMM

STANDARD PACKAGE

  • Aberlink 3D measurement software for touch probe feature inspection
  • Windows based controller
  • Integrated keyboard and monitor
  • Renishaw TP20 probe system
  • Aberlink probe stylus kit
  • Aberlink Ø19mm sphere CMM requalification kit
  • User training course - up to 4 trainees and software user guide
  • 12 months full parts and labour warranty
  • Free-of-charge telephone helpdesk support
  • Free upgrades of software for the life of the machine

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Axis Travel (mm)
X 300
Y 300
Z 200
Overall Size (mm)
X 770
Y 860
Z 2025 (when on bench)
*Volumetric Accuracy
3µm + L/250mm
Scale Resolution
0.5µm
Operational Temp Range
0 - 45°C
Table
Solid granite plate
Max. Velocity Vector
750mm/sec
Max. Acceleration Vector
750mm/sec²
Air Consumption
None
Required Air Pressure
Not required

*The machine should not be positioned where it will be subjected to rapid changes in temperature. Max rate of ambient temperature change should not be more than 1°C/hour.

Axiom too CMM

Axiom too... the complete inspection system.

Aberlink offer the Axiom too CMM as either a manual machine or with full CNC control

KEY FEATURES

  • Aberlink's revolutionary  easy-to-use measurement software
  • Shortest learning curve of any equivalent system - 1 day without prior CMM experience
  • Smallest overall footprint of any comparable size CMM
  • Individual locks and fine adjust hand wheels on each axis
  • Suitable for the workshop environment
  • Protection from environmental vibrations as standard
  • Optimised friction free air bearings, all aliminium bridge and granite table
  • Affordable CNC upgrade option

Accurate and reliable, the Axiom too Manual CMM comes in Y axis travel sizes of 600mm or 900mm and is supplied as a complete package with everything you need to start measuring parts from day one. The Axiom too can be used with touch trigger probe  or with Aberlink’s revolutionary non-contact camera system.

The all aluminium bridge structure ensures the temperature of the machine rapidly follows the temperature of the room, ideal when the CMM is not housed in a controlled environment. Temperature compensation in the software reports results as if they had been measured at 20°C/68°F

The standard high-tech granite and aluminium table, originally developed for the optics industry, provides fantastic natural damping of high frequency vibration and the granite Y rail allows pre-loading of the bridge air bearings in both directions for superior accuracy.

A unique feature of the Axiom too Manual CMM allows the machine to be simply upgraded to CNC at any point in the future, great if you are not sure of your requirement or perhaps can't initially justify the additional cost of a CNC machine.

STANDARD PACKAGE

  • Aberlink 3D measurement software for touch probe feature inspection
  • Windows based controller, machine controller card and peripherals
  • Steel CMM workbench with fixed keyboard shelf or monitor arm
  • Renishaw TP8 manual indexing probe head and integrated probe
  • Aberlink probe stylus kit
  • Aberlink Ø19mm sphere CMM requalification kit
  • User training course - up to 4 trainees and software user guide
  • 12 months full parts and labour warranty
  • Free-of-charge telephone helpdesk support

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Axis Travel (mm)
X 640
Y 600, 900
Z 500
Overall Size (mm)
X 1130
Y 900, 1200
Z 2320
*Volumetric Accuracy
TP20 (2.4 + 0.4L/100) µm
Scale Resolution
0.5µm
**Optimum Temp Range
18 - 22°C
Operational Temp Range
0 - 45°C
Table
Honeycomb aluminium & granite or solid granite
Table Load Capacity
300kg (Honeycomb) or 500kg (Solid)
Air Consumption
50 l/min (1.8 cfm)
Required Air Pressure
4 bar (60 psi)

*Maximum Permissible Error MPE E according to 10360-2, 2009 within the thermal limits defined for optimum temperature range.

**Installation environmental thermal limits: Rate of change <1°C/hr and <2°C/24hr. Temperature gradient <1°C/m

Axiom too CNC - Shop Floor CMM

KEY FEATURES

  • Aberlink's revolutionary  easy-to-use measurement software
  • Shortest learning curve of any equivalent system - 1 day without prior CMM experience
  • Smallest overall footprint of any comparable size CMM
  • Choice of Y axis sizes ranging from 600mm to 1500mm
  • Suitable for the workshop environment
  • Protection from environmental vibrations as standard
  • Optimised friction free air bearings, all aliminium bridge and granite table
  • FREE Stylus change rack with every motorised probe head upgrade.

Fast, accurate and reliable, the Axiom too CNC CMM comes in four different sizes with Y axis travel up to 1500mm.
The Axiom too can be used with  touch trigger probe , continuous contact scanning probe or with Aberlink’s revolutionary non-contact camera system.

The all aluminium bridge structure not only ensures that the Axiom too has low inertia and hence high acceleration to get the job done quickly, but also that the temperature of the machine rapidly follows the temperature of the room, ideal when the CMM is not housed in a controlled environment. Temperature compensation in the software reports results as if they had been measured at 20°C/68°F

The standard high-tech granite and aluminium table, originally developed for the optics industry, provides fantastic natural damping of high frequency vibration and the granite Y rail allows pre-loading of the bridge air bearings in both directions for superior accuracy.

STANDARD PACKAGE

  • Aberlink 3D measurement software for touch probe feature inspection
  • Windows based controller, machine controller card and peripherals
  • Steel CMM workbench with fixed keyboard shelf or monitor arm
  • Touch sensitive 3D joystick and variable CMM speed control
  • Renishaw TP8 manual indexing probe head and integrated probe
  • Aberlink probe stylus kit
  • Aberlink Ø19mm sphere CMM requalification kit
  • User training course - up to 4 trainees and software user guide
  • 12 months full parts and labour warranty
  • Free-of-charge telephone helpdesk support

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Axis Travel (mm)
X 640
Y 600, 900, 1200, 1500
Z 500
Overall Size (mm)
X 1130
Y 900, 1200, 1500, 1800
Z 2320
*Volumetric Accuracy
TP20 (2.4 + 0.4L/100) µm
TP200 (2.3 + 0.4L/100) µm
SP25M (2.1 + 0.4L/100) µm
**Optimum Temp Range
18 - 22°C
Operational Temp Range
0 - 45°C
Table
Honeycomb aluminium & granite or solid granite
Table Load Capacity
300kg (Honeycomb) or 500kg (Solid)
Max. Velocity Vector
600mm/sec
Max. Acceleration Vector
600mm/sec²
Air Consumption
50 l/min (1.8 cfm)
Required Air Pressure
4 bar (60 psi)

*Maximum Permissible Error MPE E according to 10360-2, 2009 within the thermal limits defined for optimum temperature range.
**Installation environmental thermal limits: Rate of change <1°C/hr and <2°C/24hr. Temperature gradient <1°C/m

Zenith Three - High Speed, Medium Volume Shop Floor CNC CMM

KEY FEATURES

  • Aberlink's revolutionary  easy-to-use measurement software
  • Shortest learning curve of any equivalent system - 1 day without prior CMM experience
  • Smallest overall footprint of any comparable size CMM
  • Choice of Y axis sizes ranging from 1000mm to 3000mm
  • Suitable for the workshop environment
  • Protection from environmental vibrations as standard
  • Optimised friction free air bearings, all aliminium bridge and granite table
  • CMM Touch Screen Joystick supplied as standard
  • FREE Stylus change rack with every  motorised probe head upgrade.

There are a number of philosophies that Aberlink have adopted since it was founded in 1993 that have revolutionised the way that modern CMMs are now manufactured. Firstly the bridge of the Zenith too is fabricated entirely from aluminium alloy. This has a number of advantages: the cost of machining is significantly lower than for machines made from granite, ceramic or other exotic materials. The aluminium is stress relieved to produce a highly stable structure and, with modern computing power, running a real-time error map to achieve high accuracy is simple.

Also, as the Zenith too is made from a single material it expands and contracts uniformly with temperature change - if machines were made from different materials, a change in temperature would cause a distortion and hence introduce errors. Aberlink offer easy-to-use temperature compensation within the user software.

All moving parts are light and this, combined with good design, means that the Zenith too has low inertia and therefore optimal acceleration characteristics. Hence the machines are really fast, minimising inspection times.

STANDARD PACKAGE

  • Aberlink 3D measurement software for touch probe feature inspection
  • Windows based controller, machine controller card and peripherals
  • Steel CMM workbench with fixed monitor arm or control cabinet
  • Renishaw TP8 manual indexing probe head and integrated probe
  • Aberlink probe stylus kit
  • Aberlink Ø19mm sphere CMM requalification kit
  • User training course - up to 4 trainees and software user guide
  • 12 months full parts and labour warranty
  • Free-of-charge telephone helpdesk support

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Axis Travel (mm)
X 1000
Y 1000, 1500, 2000, 2500, 3000
Z 600, 800
Overall Size (mm)
X 1460
Y 1410, 1910, 2410, 2910, 3410
Z 2510, 2910
*Volumetric Accuracy
TP20 (3.8 + 0.4L/100) µm
TP200 (3.7 + 0.4L/100) µm
SP25M (3.5 + 0.4L/100) µm
Scale Resolution
0.5µm
**Optimum Temp Range
18 - 22°C
Operational Temp Range
0 - 45°C
Table
Solid granite
Table Load Capacity
1500kg (1m) or 1000kg (other sizes) as standard
Options up to 4400kg
Max. Velocity Vector
600mm/sec
Max. Acceleration Vector
600mm/sec²
Air Consumption
50 l/min (1.8 cfm)
Required Air Pressure
4 bar (60 psi)

*Maximum Permissible Error MPEE according to 10360-2, 2009 within the thermal limits defined for optimum temperature range.

**Installation environmental thermal limits: Rate of change <1°C/hr and <2°C/24hr. Temperature gradient <1°C/m

Azimuth - Rapid, High Accuracy Large Volume CMM

KEY FEATURES

  • Aberlink's revolutionary  easy-to-use measurement software
  • Shortest learning curve of any equivalent system - 1 day without prior CMM experience
  • Capable of measuring parts up to 6000kg in weight
  • Choice of Y axis sizes ranging from 1000mm to 3000mm
  • 0.0001mm linear encoders for superior accuracy
  • Self-contained drive system ensures excellent performance over the entire measuring volume
  • Anti-vibration mounts as standard
  • CMM Touch Screen Joystick supplied as standard
  • FREE stylus change rack with every motorised probe head upgrade.

As CMMs get larger, it is not simply a case of scaling up the design of smaller models. Stiffness of the structure is critical, but weight must also be kept to a minimum. The Azimuth CMM is not only Aberlink’s largest in their range of CMM products, but it is the culmination of over twenty years experience and excellence in the design and manufacture of innovative metrology equipment incorporating the very latest materials technology.

The revolutionary bridge of the Azimuth incorporates aluminium honeycomb sheets developed for use in formula one and the aerospace industry. The remarkable stiffness to weight ratio that this provides gives the Azimuth an edge in both performance and speed. For a machine of this size, the Azimuth is not only fast, but extremely accurate. The drive systems designed for the Azimuth offer simplicity and reliability and the novel system used on the Y axis ensures that there is no degradation of performance across the full range of machine sizes offered up to 3m.

A big machine should also be able to measure a heavy component and this is another area where Aberlink has applied innovative thinking. Rather than simply increasing the depth of the granite table, which adds huge cost and weight to the machine, we offer a specially designed load plate to sit on the granite base. This plate can accept up to a six tonne load which will then be transmitted directly through the feet of the machine bench directly to the floor, meaning no loss of metrology performance whatsoever.

STANDARD PACKAGE

  • Aberlink 3D measurement software for touch probe feature inspection
  • Windows based controller, machine controller card and peripherals
  • Steel CMM workbench with control cabinet
  • Renishaw TP8 manual indexing probe head and integrated probe
  • Aberlink probe stylus kit
  • Aberlink Ø19mm sphere CMM requalification kit
  • User training course - up to 4 trainees and software user guide
  • 12 months full parts and labour warranty
  • Free-of-charge telephone helpdesk support

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Axis Travel (mm)
X 1200
Y 1000, 1500, 2000, 2500, 3000
Z 1000
Overall Size (mm)
X 1940
Y 2000, 2500, 3000, 3500, 4000
Z 3495
*Volumetric Accuracy
TP20 (2.9 + 0.4L/100) µm
TP200 (2.8 + 0.4L/100) µm
SP25M (2.6 + 0.4L/100) µm
Scale Resolution
0.1µm
**Optimum Temp Range
18 - 22°C
Operational Temp Range
0 - 45°C
Table
Solid granite
Table Load Capacity
500kg as standard
Options up to 6000kg
Max. Velocity Vector
1300mm/sec
TMax. Acceleration Vector
1700mm/sec²
Air Consumption
50 l/min (1.8 cfm)
Required Air Pressure
4 bar (60 psi)

*Maximum Permissible Error MPEE according to 10360-2, 2009 within the thermal limits defined for optimum temperature range.

**Installation environmental thermal limits: Rate of change <1°C/hr and <2°C/24hr. Temperature gradient <1°C/m



Software

Aberlink 3D - 3D Measurement Software

The whole philosophy for Aberlink is to make measurement easy. Aberlink 3D software has been written by engineers for engineers and sets the industry standard for simple-to-use software. Designed around a graphical interface, Aberlink 3D can work in 2D or 3D, on manual or CNC CMMs and is equally at home when used with either touch, scanning or vision systems. It is easy to understand why Aberlink 3D has become the software of choice not only for Aberlink, but for numerous other manufacturers of measuring devices around the world.

Aberlink 3D software is not only way ahead of its competition in being the industry standard for 'easy-to-use' software, but also has the depth of functionality to make it the choice for either occasional users or full-time inspection professionals.

Aberlink 3D software is revolutionary. As a component is measured a representation of it is built up on the screen. The user simply clicks on the measured features to call up dimensions exactly as they would appear on a drawing.

Inspection reports can be in the form of fully dimensioned graphical representations as created on the screen, or tabulated reports in various formats that can show nominals, tolerances, errors, pass/fails, geometric tolerances etc. These reports can also be output to an Excel spreadsheet.

Further reports are available to show the form of features (roundness, straightness etc.), hole or point positions, or complete batch results on one report. The user’s company name also appears on all outputs.

Every time a component is inspected, a programme for measuring subsequent components is automatically created. The software also calculates 'safe' moves between features, even when the probe is indexing – just another thing that the operator doesn’t have to worry about

Popular throughout the world and available in many languages, Aberlink’s revolutionary measurement software provides the user with a powerful, yet easy-to-use solution for inspection measurements. This not only increases component throughput but vastly reduces the learning period for new users.


Aberlink CAD Comparison

The Aberlink CAD Comparison software module enhances Aberlink 3D with the capability to compare measured points to a CAD model. Often this will be the only way to measure complex parts or perhaps sometimes drawings for the component simply don’t exist.

Powerful alignment routines allow measurement points to be best-fitted to the model. Colour coded errors can then be displayed on the model to produce both graphical and tabulated reports that are extremely clear and very easy to understand.

Aberlink’s CAD comparison module allows the input of either STEP or IGES files as standard and allows reports to be exported as an Excel spreadsheet. It really does make measuring complex parts easy, whether on a manual or CNC CMM.


Aberlink CAD Programming

For many years Aberlink 3D software has been setting the industry standard for both ease of use and speed of programming. However, until now this has been best done by using the teach-and-repeat method of programming when measuring a component. But what if you want to prepare the measurement programme before you even have the first component? Now, we are pleased to introduce our new CAD programming module, which in true Aberlink fashion, allows the simplest programming possible from either an IGES or STEP CAD model.

Feature Predict works in the same way as when measuring, for instance, if you click in four places on the same plane on the model, then the software will automatically create a Plane Measure unit with those four points in it. Then click on a different feature and it will automatically close the Plane window and look for another feature. If you click on a circular feature it will take just one click to produce a circle or two for a cylinder. Suddenly programming in Aberlink 3D just got even easier!If you can use Aberlink 3D software then you will already know how to use the CAD programming module – it couldn’t be easier. Rather than taking measurement points on a component, you can now just click on the surface of the model where you would like the points to be taken.

Aberlink’s CAD programming module can be used either on the CMM or offline.

CMM Probe and Probe Head Options

Every Aberlink CMM fully supports the range of probe heads and both touch trigger and scanning probes supplied by Renishaw. The following are common options.

TP8 Probe

The TP8 probe offers an entry level option for customers that require infrequent indexing of the probe and no indexing during the running of a measurement programme. The TP8 is supplied with two knuckle joints to allow infinite alignment of the probe to the feature being measured, but this alignment is non repeatable, meaning that the stylus will need to be requalified following each index. The TP8 probe accepts the M3 range of styli.


MH20i Probe Head

The MH20i probe offers repeatable manual indexing of the probe head from 0° to 90° in the A axis and through 360° in the B axis, in 15° increments. Ideal for manual CMMs, it can also be used on CNC models, but will require intervention from the operator whenever indexing is required. The MH20i uses a TP20 stylus module, which in turn accepts the M2 range of styli.


RTP20 Probe Head

The RTP20 probe offers a really cost effective solution for customers that require automatic indexing on CNC machines. Modelled on the MH20i body, the RTP20 uses the CNC motion of the CMM to position itself using a post mounted to the bed of the machine. Like the MH20i it is able to index from 0° to 90° in the A axis and through 360° in the B axis, in 15° increments and uses a TP20 stylus module, which in turn accepts the M2 range of styli. The RTP20 is also fully compatible with the MCR20 change rack to provide an option that provides both automatic stylus changing as well as automatic indexing.


PH10T Probe Head

The PH10T is a fully motorised probe head that offers immediate indexing from 0° to 105° in the A axis and through 360° in the B axis, in 7.5° increments. This probe head should be used by customers requiring frequent indexing or when more precise alignment to the features being measured is required.


PH10M Probe Head

Like the PH10T probe head, the PH10M is also a fully motorised probe head that offer immediate indexing from 0° to 105° in the A axis and through 360° in the B axis, in 7.5° increments. The M head, however, incorporates an autojoint with multiwire capability, which is necessary for the SP25M scanning probe. The PH10M probe head can also be fitted with either TP20 or TP200 probes and should be chosen in preference to the PH10T when using these probes if the future use of a scanning technology may be required.


PH6M Probe Head

This head provides a fixed autojoint for when an SP25M scanning probe is required without the requirement for indexing.


SP25M Scanning Probe

The SP25M scanning probe uses an isolated optical metrology transducer system to enable extremely accurate measurements to be taken with the stylus in continuous contact with the feature being inspected. This enables more data to be taken which is important when form is critical. A range of modules are available for the SP25M to provide optimised scanning performance using M3 styli up to 400mm long.


PH20 Probe Head

Incorporating the latest 5-axis technology, the PH20 head offers infinite indexing to assist with alignment to any feature being measured at any angle up to 120°. The probe is able to perform 'head touches', where it flicks the stylus on to the surface of the component being measured, while the machine remains stationary. This increases both the speed of measuring and accuracy achievable. Please note that if selecting the PH20 head, then the machine would also have to be fitted with a Renishaw CMM controller. The PH20 uses TP20 stylus modules, which in turn accept the M2 range of styli.


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I have been working with Tony Smith of Northern Metrology for nearly 20 years now. Over that period, he has never ceased to amaze me with his energy and enthusiasm for selling metrology equipment into manufacturing industries. He has at all times been totally professional, putting the customer’s requirements first, which is certainly why they trust him, and which has resulted in his long-term success over so many years.

Gavin Bailey

Commercial Director Aberlink Innovative Metrology

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