By DE Editors
Hexagon Metrology has released the new Brown & Sharpe TWIN-CAL IP67 calipers with a built-in output connection. This electronic measuring tool is IP67 compliant, with its main components encapsulated and protected from shop floor contaminants such as dust, oil and coolants. The adaptable calipers can be used wirelessly or with a cable using the new plug-and-play TLC (TESA Link Connector). This digital caliper is suitable for applications in the metrology laboratory or on the production floor, often in combination with mechanical instruments or stationary machines, the company says.
The new plug-and-play TLC allows the user to send measured data from the instrument to the computer via USB, TWIN (TESA Wireless Interface, available Q1, 2013) or Digimatic option. The USB cable connection allows the caliper to be directly connected to a computer. The wireless module is integrated in the battery cap and enables the operator to retrieve data for optimal SPC monitoring. Digimatic output is a cabled connection that allows Brown & Sharpe instruments to work with any competitor’s interface. For the same cost, the adaptable calipers are available with any of the interface options. The TLC also has an IP67 rating to withstand the same harsh conditions as the caliper.
The TWIN-CAL has an instant inch/metric conversion option, with a measuring range of 150 mm/6 in., 200 mm/8 in. and 300 mm/12 in. The caliper maintains a resolution of 0.01 mm/0.0005 in. with repeatability of 0.01 mm. The absolute measuring system retains a zero setting so the calipers are ready to measure when turned on.
In addition, Hexagon has released an updated ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner, which is more rapid than previous versions, offering an acquisition speed of up to 50,000 points per second. According to the company, this means that users can now scan up to 66% more surface area in the same amount of time as with previous versions of the ROMER Absolute Arm.
Hexagon is also launching a wireless scanning option for the ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner. This new Wireless Scanning Pack allows any arm with an integrated scanner to be operated completely wirelessly, and at the same data transmission speed as with a traditional cable. The Wireless Scanning Pack includes a dual “hot swappable” battery system, where one battery can be charged continuously while the other is in use. Offered as an accessory, the Wireless Scanning Pack is compatible with all new and existing ROMER Absolute Arms with integrated laser scanner.
For more information, visit Hexagon Metrology.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.