Renishaw Releases Lathe-Inspection Touch Probes

Renishaw's RLP40 and OLP40 lathe-inspection touch probes offer a choice of signal-transmission technologies, radio or optical. This makes part set-up and inspection on turning centres accurate, simple and reliable. Measuring just 40mm in diameter and 58.3mm long, the probes provide uni-directional repeatability of 1um and can be used to reduce set-up times, scrap and fixture costs, while improving process control.

Both designs are hardened and sealed to IPX8 to withstand the extreme environments typical of lathes and turning centres. A proven eyelid-protection system prevents entry of swarf and chips that could damage probe internals. The RLP40's frequency-hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) radio transmission pairs with the standard Renishaw Radio Machine Interface (RMI) and utilises the 2.4GHz frequency band.

The probe and its interface continually hop from one transmission channel to another, delivering unrivalled signal robustness and flexibility through frequency switching. Radio transmission allows continuous communication between the touch probe and the interface, even when line-of-sight is lost. The OLP40 uses modulated optical transmission for high resistance to light interference, and its 360-degree transmission systems allow the probe to operate in any orientation.

It also works with Renishaw's legacy transmission systems, while two touch-probes can be used on one turning centre when the OMI-2T interface unit is used. A wide range of shanks is available, including parallel and tapered designs, for maximum flexibility when mounting the probes in a lathe or turning-centre turret.

RMP40M and OMP40M transmission-only modules are also available to allow the use of Renishaw's LP2 range of touch probes and accessories in order to reach part features that would otherwise be inaccessible. Renishaw's range of tool-setting probes, inspection probes and probe software satisfies a range of machine-tool probing applications, from setting of tools and workpieces to process control and on-machine verification.


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