The Gloucester-based industrial metrology specialist Sempre Group Ltd, has introduced the new Opticline T3D optical shaft-measuring system, which also features a tactile 3-D measuring probe.
This equipment — designed and manufactured by Jenoptik — is for the measurement of axial run-out, grooves and bores for shaft-based parts with milled or drilled features.
Alongside the system’s high-speed optical and non-contact measurement options, the T3D probe allows the user to achieve full component measure-ment with just one system.
Opticline T3D (www.thesempregroup.com
) is designed to be used directly on the shopfloor, right next to CNC machines, but it can also be used in inspection laboratories; an accuracy of 1µm is guaranteed, and the system meets EN ISO 10360 standards.
Meanwhile, the Tolaris measurement interface software has been designed to be intuitive and user-friendly; it incorporates features that make programming, operation and reporting straightforward.
For example, it includes ‘wizards’ for set-up and a live mode for direct feedback when creating test plans. Manufacturers can also benefit from the fast and reliable analysis of results, as well as customisable reports.
Sempre Group’s managing director, Mike John, said: “Small features like chamfers and radii have historically been hard to measure.
"The Opticline measures these difficult features at sub-micron level, directly on the shopfloor, with the new T3D probe adding the ability to measure internal dimensions.
"Users can benefit from rapid and accurate optical shaft measurement with the flexibility of a co-ordinate measuring machine.
"Metrology can be done rapidly and in-line as part of the production process.
“The Opticline T3D is suited to applications in aerospace, including drive shafts, engine components and bearing parts.
“It also has automotive applications for engine components, gear parts and chassis parts.
“Medical applications include measuring joint implants, dental parts and surgical tools.”