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Renishaw is a global company with core skills in measurement, motion control, spectroscopy and precision machining. We develop innovative products that significantly advance our customers’ operational performance – from improving manufacturing efficiencies and raising product quality, to maximising research capabilities and improving the efficacy of medical procedures.
Our products are used for applications as diverse as machine tool automation, co-ordinate measurement, additive manufacturing, gauging, Raman spectroscopy, machine calibration, position feedback, CAD/CAM dentistry, shape memory alloys, large scale surveying, stereotactic neurosurgery, and medical diagnostics. In all of these areas we aim to be a long-term partner, offering superior products that meet our customers’ needs both today and into the future, backed up by responsive, expert technical and commercial support.
For machine tool users probes for CNC machine tools allow automated tool setting, workpiece set-up, in-cycle gauging and part inspection on CNC milling machines, machining centres, CNC lathes and mill-turn machines. Products available include laser tool setters, contact tool setters, tool breakage detectors, touch probes and high accuracy inspection probes. To check the performance of a CNC machine tool the Renishaw QC20-W ballbar provides a simple, rapid check of a machine’s positioning performance to recognised international standards.
Our innovative sensors for co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) are an industry standard, from basic touch-trigger probes and manual probe heads, through to automated stylus changers, automated probe changers, motorised indexing probe heads and revolutionary five-axis measurement systems. A full range of probe styli/probe tips is also available.
In motion control Renishaw’s laser encoders, optical linear encoders, optical angle encoders, optical rotary encoders, magnetic rotary encoders, magnetic chip encoders and magnetic linear encoders are used for position feedback applications in industries as diverse as electronics, motorsports, bomb disposal, semi-conductors, food manufacturing and print production. Latest developments include a true absolute, fine-pitch optical encoder system.
To assess, monitor and improve the static and dynamic performance of position-critical motion systems, including CMMs, CNC machine tools, PCB drilling and pick-and-place machinery, our laser interferometer and environmental compensation system offers a linear measurement accuracy of ±0.5 ppm, readings of up to 50 kHz and a linear measurement speed of up to 4 m/s, with a linear resolution of 1nm.
Renishaw’s laser melting is an additive manufacturing technology that uses a high powered ytterbium fibre laser to fuse fine metallic powders together to form functional 3-dimensional parts.
The process is digitally driven, direct from sliced 3D CAD data, in layer thicknesses ranging from 20 µm to 100 µm that form a 2D cross section. The process then builds the part by distributing an even layer of metallic powder using a recoater, then fusing each layer in turn under a tightly controlled inert atmosphere. Once complete, the part is removed from the powder bed and undergoes heat treatment and finishing depending on the application.
We are also a recognised leader in Raman spectroscopy, where our optical spectroscopy products exploit the Raman effect in a non-contact, non-destructive manner, to identify and characterise the chemistry and structure of materials. A diverse range of analytical applications include pharmaceutical, carbon and diamond, material science, gemology and mineralogy, forensic science, nanotechnology, biomedical and semiconductors. Products include Raman microscopes, compact Raman spectrometers for process monitoring, Raman analysers for scanning electron microscopes, cooled CCD detectors and lasers for spectroscopy.
With an increasing focus on the healthcare sector, we now offer medical devices, surgical robots and planning software for use in stereotactic neurosurgery for procedures including Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), Motor Cortex Stimulation (MCS), Stereo Electro-Encephalography (SEEG), neuro-endoscopy, radio-surgery, biopsy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
We have also entered the field of medical diagnostics with the creation of Renishaw Diagnostics Ltd, which aims to become the premier provider of automated multiplex diagnostic and clinical research systems for fast, reliable and simplified disease detection.
An incremental encoder engineered for metrology: Introducing ATOM DX™July 11, 2019
Introducing ATOM DX, Renishaw’s new miniature digital encoder. Learn more about ATOM DX: https://www.renishaw.com/atomdx
ATOM DX™: Performance in miniatureJune 20, 2019
Renishaw will launch its smallest incremental optical encoder with digital output direct from the readhead, eliminating the need for bulky interfaces. This new high-performance encoder features resolutions down to 2.5 nm, low Sub-Divisional Error (SDE) and low jitter. More info
Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing Solutions CentresJune 13, 2019
Raising the bar on rotary table accuracyJune 12, 2019
CNC rotary tables play a vital role in the performance of multi-axis machining centres. As table accuracy and reliability are of paramount concern throughout the product’s lifetime, Matsumoto Machine Corporation (MMK) has taken a pragmatic two-pronged approach to reducing indexing errors and improving performance. By enhancing both product calibration and encoder technologies the company has set new standards for rotary table accuracy. Read more
Blue laser technology: setting the standard in on-machine tool measurementMay 15, 2019
Global engineering technologies company, Renishaw, will launch its latest non-contact tool setting solution at EMO Hannover 2019. The new NC4+ Blue system will be one of many smart factory process control solutions demonstrated by Renishaw, which are proven to help machine shops across many industries transform their production capabilities. Read more
Renishaw unveils high-accuracy machine tool probing systems with RENGAGE technologyApril 2, 2019
Nieuw lasersysteem voor uitlijning vergroot de reeks oplossingen van Renishaw voor machinekalibratieMarch 20, 2019
Het nieuwe Renishaw XK10 lasersysteem voor uitlijning is ontwikkeld voor gebruik tijdens het bouwen en uitlijnen van bewerkingsmachines, als vervanging van objecten. Het kan gebruikt worden op lineaire rails om zeker te weten dat ze recht, haaks, plat en horizontaal zijn, en eveneens om de spindelrichting en coaxialiteit van roterende machines vast te stellen. Deze factoren zijn tijdens het bouwen te meten en uit te lijnen met de XK10, met behulp van de live weergave van het systeem. De XK10 is ook een krachtig hulpmiddel bij het opsporen van foutbronnen na een botsing of als onderdeel van regulier onderhoud. Lees verder
Improved metrology with the substrate mastered RKLC encoder scale
CZECH RESEARCHERS AND RENISHAW DEVELOP 3D PRINTED SCOOTERMarch 13, 2019
Engineers from the Technical University of Ostrava (VŠB -TUO) in the Czech Republic and Renishaw, a UK based 3D printer manufacturer, have collaborated to create the first 3D printed scooter with a stainless steel bionic frame. Read more [Bron: 3dprintingindustry.com]
Engineering innovation brings hope for Parkinson’s cureMarch 8, 2019
Global engineering company Renishaw has built a device that has been used in a ground-breaking clinical trial. Manufactured by Renishaw on behalf of the North Bristol NHS Trust, the device enabled the precise delivery of a new drug candidate, Glial Cell Line Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF) with the hope of regenerating dying dopamine brain cells in people with Parkinson’s and thereby improve their symptoms. Read more
Renishaw unveils latest robust and reliable tool setting solution for turning and multi-task machining applicationsFebruary 27, 2019
Global engineering company, Renishaw, will launch the new APCA-45 tool setting probe at TIMTOS 2019 in Taiwan. Specifically engineered for the harshest machining environments found in lathes and multi-tasking machines, the APCA-45 provides a robust, reliable and automated solution for setting a wide range of tools – such as turning, grooving, threading and boring tools. Read more
Renishaw technology used to identify microplastics in the environmentFebruary 19, 2019
Could rubber and plastic from tyres, washing into rivers and streams, be contributing to pollution in waste water? A group of scientists from Denmark are using a system from Renishaw to find out. Read more
New QuickLoad™ rail system improves speed, throughput and accuracy during part inspectionFebruary 14, 2019
Renishaw is pleased to announce the introduction of the QuickLoad™ rail system to its range of metrology fixturing. The QuickLoad rail system has been developed for use on co-ordinate measuring machines and provides a secure workholding position when used in conjunction with QuickLoad base plates, which locate to the rail on either side using quick release magnets and location pins. The interchangable design of the rail and plates aims to maximise the machine operator’s ability to inspect and release parts swiftly. Read more
Atherton Bikes accelerates with Renishaw additive manufacturingFebruary 6, 2019
Global engineering company Renishaw is working with new mountain bike brand Atherton Bikes to produce additively manufactured titanium lugs for the company’s bike frames. The new brand was launched in January by the Atherton siblings, Gee, Rachel and Dan and co-founded by Piers Linney of Dragons’ Den fame. Read more
White paper: Mounting encoder scales for optimum thermal performanceFebruary 2, 2019
All linear position encoder scales obey the same thermal laws: as the temperature changes, the scale length will also change which results in some measurement error. The amount of error depends on both the scale material and the method by which the scale has been mounted on the underlying machine substrate. Read more
Renishaw expands European reach of AM Solutions CentresJanuary 19, 2019
To accelerate the adoption of laser powder bed fusion for series production applications, engineering company Renishaw has expanded its global network of additive manufacturing (AM) Solutions Centres. New facilities in Barcelona, Spain and Torino, Italy are now operational to allow local companies to access Renishaw’s equipment and expertise at a fixed and predictable cost. Read more
Metal additive manufactured parts for aircraft assemblyJanuary 4, 2019
Renishaw launches the QUANTiC™ rotary encoder systemDecember 12, 2018
Renishaw, the world-leading metrology company, launches a rotary version of its QUANTiC™ linear optical incremental encoder featuring exceptionally wide installation and operating tolerances, in addition to enhanced diagnostics compatibility. Read more
Introducing Renishaw’s new RA816 Biological AnalyserDecember 6, 2018
The new Renishaw RA816 Biological Analyser is a compact benchtop Raman imaging system, designed for biological and clinical research. This easy-to-use instrument enables the rapid collection of detailed information from a range of biological samples, including tissue and biofluids. Read more
Raman made by RenishawDecember 1, 2018
Renishaw and Sandvik power the future of metal additive manufacturingNovember 17, 2018
To strengthen the metal additive manufacturing (AM) industry, global engineering company Renishaw has initiated a collaboration with Sandvik Additive Manufacturing to supply the company with high productivity multi-laser RenAM 500Q systems, which will substantially increase Sandvik’s printing capacity. Read more
Renishaw extends Paramatters collaboration for optimised lightweighting and automation of metal additive manufacturingNovember 9, 2018
Global engineering company Renishaw is working with autonomous topology optimisation expert ParaMatters to introduce potential customers to efficiently manufacture metal parts.
ParaMatters’ CogniCAD cloud solution enables users to easily upload part geometries for optimisation and automatically produces light weight macro, meso and lattice structures using generative design principles backed up with high resolution finite element analysis (FEA) validation. CogniCAD users are no longer constrained by traditional complex CAD/CAE/CAM tools, instead they simply upload their part and follow the intuitive CogniCAD workflow and user-friendly interface to prepare a printable model. Read more
Exploring the potential of multi-laser AMOctober 25, 2018
Renishaw’s latest AM system, the RenAM 500Q, includes four 500 W lasers to improve productivity in the most commonly used platform size. By speeding up the AM build process, manufacturers will see a reduction in cost-per-part, an increase in return on investment and a reduction in process waste, allowing AM to be used for applications that were previously uneconomical. per-part, an increase in return on investment and a reduction in process waste, allowing AM to be used for applications that were previously uneconomical. Read more
Renishaw and Singapore Polytechnic collaborate to promote metal 3D printingOctober 17, 2018
Global engineering company Renishaw and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a partnership to encourage the use of additive manufacturing (AM) and to nurture the necessary talents to cope with the increasing use of metal 3D printing in the ASEAN region. Read more
Renishaw lanceert nieuwe ultracompacte radiotaster met hoge herhaalbaarheidOctober 11, 2018
Het wereldwijde technologiebedrijf Renishaw introduceert de RMP400 meettaster voor bewerkingsmachines op de IMTS in de VS en de AMB in Duitsland, waarna de officiële lancering plaatsvindt op JIMTOF 2018 in Japan. Deze ultracompacte drukmetende meettaster is ontworpen voor kleine 5-assige bewerkingsmachines, en biedt een betrouwbare en precieze schakelende oplossing voor producten instellen, metingen uitvoeren en machineprestaties controleren. Lees verder
Renishaw’s neurolocate 2D module makes frameless robotic neurosurgery more accessibleOctober 1, 2018
A new frameless patient registration module for the neuromate® surgical robot, the neurolocate™ 2D module, has obtained a CE mark. Global engineering company Renishaw will now offer the neurolocate 2D module to hospitals across Europe to help save time and costs by realising the benefits of intraoperative imaging. Read more
3D metaalprinten verlegt de grenzen in Moto2™ met uitdagende innovatiesSeptember 27, 2018
In de dynamische wereld van de MotoGP™ motorraces hebben technische verbeteringen veel effect. Het races winnende team TransFIORmers zet de hypermoderne additieve productietechniek (3D metaalprinten) in voor een onconventionele voorwielophanging die een aanzienlijke voorsprong op de tegenstanders geeft. Lees verder
Verbreed uw mogelijkheden voor additive manufacturing met multi-laserproductiviteitSeptember 11, 2018
Twee weten meer dan één als het gaat om creativiteit, maar zijn vier lasers ook beter dan één als het gaat om metal additive manufacturing? Het bewijs spreekt voor zich. Hier legt Robin Weston, Marketing Manager van de afdeling Additive Manufacturing Products van Renishaw, uit hoe het nieuwe Renishaw RenAM 500Q vier-lasersysteem naar verwachting de productiviteit van de meest gebruikte machineplatformafmeting aanzienlijk zal verbeteren. Lees verder
Renishaw opens Additive Manufacturing Demo Center in CaliforniaSeptember 5, 2018
Renishaw, a leading manufacturer of advanced metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems, has opened a new Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Center in Newbury Park, California. Working in collaboration with Ibex Engineering, the Demonstration Center is situated within Ibex’s headquarters and allows visitors to explore, interact with and use Renishaw’s latest metal additive manufacturing systems. Read more
Additively manufactured styliAugust 28, 2018
Global engineering technologies company Renishaw is introducing additively manufactured styli to its comprehensive styli range.
By using additive manufacturing (AM), also known as metal 3D printing, Renishaw can offer complex turn-key styli solutions which cannot be produced using traditional manufacturing techniques. Produced in-house by Renishaw, AM styli can access features of parts that other styli cannot reach, providing a flexible, high-performance solution to complex inspection challenges. Lees verder
Renishaw: The measure of successAugust 24, 2018
It may enjoy a global reputation for precision metrology and process control, but more than anything, Renishaw represents innovation and technological advancement. Jonny Williamson headed to South Wales to pay the engineering powerhouse a visit. Read more [Source: the manufacturer.com]
Benefit from the factory of the future, todayAugust 21, 2018
Renishaw’s smart factory technologies provide automated and intelligent process control. They enable manufacturers to benefit from the factory of the future, today. Learn more about how speed, ease of use and flexibility in measurement and automation can help you integrate smart factory technologies into your operations.
Renishaw XM-600 system enables faster and easier CMM error mappingJuly 27, 2018
Renishaw’s newly launched XM-600 laser measurement system offers enhanced capability to connect directly with Renishaw’s range of UCC CMM controllers. Using technology developed for the XM-60 multi-axis calibrator, this enables faster and easier error mapping, measuring all six degrees of freedom from a single set-up, in any orientation for linear axes. Read further
RMAP 3A multi axis periscope enables six degrees of freedom measurements with XY stagesJuly 18, 2018
Renishaw’s multi-axis periscope (RMAP) has been designed to measure angular errors, allowing for higher accuracy positioning of XY stages, resulting in lower cycle times for semiconductor machines.
Renishaw consolidates its VIONiC™ series encoder familyJuly 12, 2018
Renishaw, a leading engineering and scientific technology company, announces the extension of the VIONiC encoder product range and its performance enhancement. The VIONiC encoder is now available in resolutions down to 2.5 nm with enhanced Sub-Divisional error (SDE) across the product range. Read more
Renishaw improves consistency in additive manufacturingJuly 6, 2018
To allow additive manufacturing (AM) users a greater understanding of their processes, Renishaw has developed new process monitoring software, InfiniAM Spectral, for use on Renishaw systems. After its successful launch at formnext 2017, Renishaw released the software package to help manufacturers overcome the barriers to AM in critical applications, process stability and part quality. Read more
Rotary axis machine tool calibration with CARTO 3.0June 26, 2018
Machine tool calibration with CARTO 3.0:
Quickly capture and analyse data from rotary axis measurement using XR20-W rotary axis calibrator.
With CARTO 3.0, the Renishaw XM-60 multi-axis calibrator can also be used with the XR20-W rotary axis calibrator, providing one easy to use and intuitive software solution for all Renishaw laser calibration products.
Download CARTO 3.0 free of charge from www.renishaw.com/carto
Renishaw’s integrated neurosurgery solution cleared for sale in USAJune 6, 2018
The Food and Drug Association (FDA) has recently cleared the use of Renishaw’s neuromate® Gen III surgical robot with the neuroinspire™surgical planning software in the USA. Both were previously cleared for use separately, but not in combination ─ This latest clearance means that neurosurgeons across America will now be able to deliver surgical plans created using neuroinspire software directly using the neuromate surgical robot, helping to improve patient outcomes.
The first Renishaw neuromate® stereotactic robot-assisted procedure in Scotland has taken place at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, EdinburghMay 16, 2018
Renishaw is pleased to announce that The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, has carried out the first neuromate stereotactic robot-assisted neurosurgery procedure in Scotland. The case was a paediatric stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) carried out on an 8-year-old female patient suffering from severe epilepsy.
Renishaw launches guide to additive manufacturingApril 23, 2018
Additive manufacturing (AM) systems and software manufacturer and user, Renishaw, has launched a dedicated AM Guide on its website. The company will use the new information hub to educate and inform customers and the wider engineering community using videos, case studies, feature articles, industry news and opinion pieces. Renishaw will educate readers on the possibilities of additive manufacturing and its business impact, to increase uptake of the technology in mainstream manufacturing.
Design for metal additive manufacturing – residual stressApril 17, 2018
Proslab ensures absolute accuracy with additive manufacturingApril 13, 2018
Leading Australian dental laboratory, Proslab, has fully digitalised the manufacture of its cobalt chrome removable partial dentures (RPDs). The laboratory partnered with global engineering company, Renishaw, to install what is thought to be the first metal additive manufacturing machine for dental applications in Australia.
Additive Manufacturing Solutions Center, Renishaw GmbH, PliezhausenApril 5, 2018
PAL Robotics integrates magnetic encoder technology into robots to achieve balanceMarch 9, 2018
This case study focuses on REEM-C, PAL Robotics’ full-size biped humanoid robotics research platform. It is one of a family of robots that are used for many applications. REEM-C provides a fully customisable basis for research into exciting areas such as navigation, machine vision, human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence, grasping, walking and speech recognition.
VIONiC™ encoder series readhead installationFebruary 13, 2018
Pioneering productivity in additive manufacturingFebruary 3, 2018
To improve additive manufacturing productivity and lower cost per part, Renishaw has launched its latest system, the RenAM 500Q. Featuring four 500 W lasers, the compact machine will greatly improve productivity in the most commonly used platform size, to bring the benefits of additive manufacturing to a wider range of industries.
Speed, accuracy and agility – REVO 5-axis multi-sensor CMM systemsJanuary 26, 2018
Measurement is an essential part of manufacturing, used to control processes and verify products. However, measurement time is often viewed as non-productive, causing unwanted bottlenecks and putting pressure on manufacturers’ operating margins.
Renishaw’s 5-axis measurement product range for co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) claims to be one of the biggest step-changes in measurement capability ever introduced in industrial metrology and goes a long way to overcoming these challenges.
Raman spectroscopy helps battery researchJanuary 4, 2018
Power generation is shifting from traditional to less predictable renewable sources. Consumers are demanding faster charging and longer battery life for their products. Both trends require the development of better energy storage devices.
RESOLUTE™ FS (Functional Safety) absolute encoderDecember 16, 2017
Renishaw helps with Perovskite solar panel researchDecember 7, 2017
Dr Tim Batten and Dr Ian Hayward represented Renishaw at the recent PSCO-2017 conference on perovskite solar cells and optoelectronics hosted by The Mathematical Institute, Oxford, UK.
Perovskites—normally in the form of hybrid organic-metal lead/tin halides—exhibit promise as solar cell materials, and offer advantages over the more common crystalline silicon. For example, you can coat substrates from solution or by deposition and produce low-cost large-area cells. You can also deposit them on other cell types to produce tandem cells that have a greater light harvesting capability. However, there are potential problems, such as poor long-term stability.
Renishaw and Identify3D collaborate to enable secure digital manufacturingNovember 15, 2017
Renishaw, a world leader in metrology and additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, and Identify3D, a leader in software for the digital supply chain, are pleased to announce a collaboration to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process.
Identify3D will provide data protection coupled with contractual and manufacturing licensing from design to production on Renishaw AM systems. By choosing to secure all digital data in the engineering phase, the technology enables users of Renishaw systems to protect their digital intellectual property (IP), enforce production rules and provide traceability in the digital supply chain at the industry’s highest standard.
RenAM 500Q: Renishaw’s quad laser additive manufacturing system for high productivity
Improving patient and surgeon experience with additive manufacturingOctober 27, 2017
Additive manufacturing is a burgeoning technology in hospital environments. In order for the technology to take off fully, pioneering hospitals and surgeons are working to demonstrate the positive impacts 3D printed implants can have on the NHS, surgeons and patients. Here, Amy Davey, Reconstructive Scientist at North Bristol NHS Trust in the UK, explains recent changes she has seen in implant technology and discusses her experiences of the impact that additively manufactured implants have had on patients and surgeons in hospitals.
Renishaw takes the lead in productive additive manufacturingOctober 13, 2017
Global engineering and additive manufacturing (AM) technology company, Renishaw, returns to Formnext in 2017, to take the next step in bringing additive manufacturing to mainstream production. From November 14th – 17th in Frankfurt, Germany, the company is exhibiting its latest developments alongside current hardware and software offerings, to unlock the benefits of increased productivity and process monitoring in additive manufacturing. Renishaw can be found in Hall 3.1 on Stand E68.
Additive manufacturing process stepsOctober 4, 2017
Welcome to Renishaw’s AM stand at EMO Hannover 2017September 21, 2017
The next generation of manufacturing engineers at Greenville Technical CollegeSeptember 11, 2017
US Tech Tour: Introducing Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing Solutions CenterAugust 31, 2017
Making time for Holthinrichs WatchesAugust 22, 2017
Design for metal AM – a beginner’s guideAugust 19, 2017
Additive manufacturing (AM) gives us tremendous freedom to create components with free-form and intricate features, direct from CAD and without the need for expensive tooling. These complex designs would be impractical, if not impossible, to produce conventionally. Additive components are often lighter, more efficient and better adapted to their application.
Renishaw launches new faster variant of its RGH24 encoderAugust 1, 2017
Renishaw’s RGH24 range of optical incremental encoders with linear RGS20 gold scale has a long and successful track record over many years; it has become an industry standard and continues to be much in demand to this day.
As manufacturers upgrade their industrial processes for greater efficiency and throughput via higher speeds, precision and reliability, position feedback sensors are key and must keep pace.
Het nieuwe optische interfacesysteem van Renishaw voor meerdere tastersJuly 18, 2017
Het wereldwijd toonaangevende technologiebedrijf Renishaw introduceert zijn multi-taster optisch interfacesysteem op bewerkingsmachines tijdens de EMO Hannover 2017 in Duitsland, van 18 t/m 23 september (hal 6, stand B46).
De introductie van de nieuwe in de spindel gemonteerde OMM-2C vormt een uitbreiding van het zeer succesvolle OSI/OMM-2 optisch tasterinterfacesysteem en biedt een compacte en handige oplossing waarmee op bewerkingsmachines maximaal drie Renishaw contact makende tasters te installeren zijn met optische signaaloverdracht via één interface.
Renishaw’s ATOM™ miniature encoder offers enhanced design flexibility with new PCB interfaceJuly 8, 2017
Renishaw’s miniature encoder ATOM is now available with the new ACi PCB interface, offering enhanced design flexibility for space constrained applications in an easy to install PCB-mountable package.
Renishaw collaborates in the Futuralve project for the new generation of high-speed turbines for aerospaceJune 27, 2017
Renishaw, a global engineering company specialising in metrology and metal 3D printing, was born out of the aerospace business and its efforts in advancing the manufacturing of complex components have never stopped. Its Spanish subsidiary Renishaw Ibérica, S.A.U. is working with a unique selection of other Spanish engineering companies and research centres in a ground-breaking project which could change the way aerospace turbines are manufactured forever.
Smart apps for smartphones – machine tool probe technology at your fingertipsJune 2, 2017
Renishaw, a world-leading engineering technologies company, will demonstrate its developing range of smartphone apps for machine tool probes and tool setters at EMO Hannover 2017, Germany (18th–23rd September, hall 6, stand B46).
The use of mobile technology – smartphones and tablets – and their associated apps has become firmly established as part of everyday recreational life. Recognising how they can also assist in a multitude of working environments, Renishaw has developed a range of smartphone apps for users of their machine tool probing hardware.
Renishaw’s new multi-probe optical interface systemMay 23, 2017
Renishaw, a world-leading engineering technologies company, is introducing its multi-probe optical interface system for machine tool probe systems at EMO Hannover 2017, Germany (18th–23rd September, hall 6, stand B46).
Expanding on the highly successful OSI/OMM-2 optical probe interface system, the introduction of the new spindle-mounted OMM-2C receiver provides a compact and convenient solution allowing installation of up to three Renishaw machine tool touch probes with optical signal transmission communicating via a single interface.
Geologists use Renishaw’s Raman-in-SEM solution to probe the nanoworldMay 13, 2017
Researchers at BRGM (the French Geological Survey in Orleans, France) study the physical, chemical, and structural properties of minerals. BRGM is a public agency which produces and disseminates geological information for government departments, foreign countries, industry and academic research in France and across the world. They use a co-located SEM-Raman system from Renishaw to provide comprehensive in situ sample characterisation.
Renishaw’s new VIONiC™ encoder offers unparalleled performanceMay 6, 2017
Renishaw, a world-leading metrology specialist, recently launched the VIONiC series, a new family of ultra-high accuracy, super-compact all-in-one digital incremental encoders. Applications which benefit most from VIONiC are those requiring the highest levels of motion control precision, specifically micro-manufacturing, micro-positioning and precision optics manufacture. This article explores the important role of high-performance encoder systems in these applications.
Driving innovative manufacturing in the automotive sectorApril 25, 2017
Global engineering technologies company Renishaw hosted a UK Automotive Open House on Thursday 6th April, where leading manufacturers from all over the UK heard how Renishaw could improve their manufacturing processes. The day also included talks from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), BLOODHOUND SSC and Renishaw’s associate company Metrology Software Products (MSP).
Major companies from the automotive industry were in attendance, including representatives from leading vehicle manufacturers and key suppliers. Taking place in the Renishaw Innovation Centre, the event also allowed visitors to see the full-scale replica of the BLOODHOUND SSC car and put themselves in the shoes of driver Andy Green by enjoying a simulated run in the cockpit using virtual reality helmets.
New intelligent process control software for Renishaw’s Equator™ gauging systemApril 6, 2017
The Renishaw Equator™ flexible gauge is now offered with IPC (intelligent process control) software, providing the functionality to fully automate tool offset updates in CNC manufacturing processes. Improved capability in precision part machining, reduced setting and process adjustment time, and integration with automation systems are some of the benefits that users can now expect.
IPC is used with the existing software running on the Equator controller, using recent historical gauging data to determine process corrections. Connection to a compatible machine tool can be as simple as connecting an Ethernet cable from the Equator to a CNC machine. This capability has already been used by Renishaw customers worldwide to achieve considerable performance gains across a wide variety of industries, applications and CNC machine types, including lathes, machining centres and highly automated machining cells.
Industrial control loops and how they apply to encodersMarch 18, 2017
Control-loop architecture is an important consideration when assessing encoder performance in the context of the overall machine design. There are a number of ways to mitigate against sources of instability and error in the design of a precision motion stage, for example. This article illustrates the potential of Renishaw’s RESOLUTE™ absolute encoder system for applications that traditionally demand ultra-fine pitch incremental encoders with cyclic errors in the 1 nm range.
Geologists use Renishaw’s Raman-in-SEM solution to probe the nanoworldMarch 7, 2017
Researchers at BRGM (the French Geological Survey in Orleans, France) study the physical, chemical, and structural properties of minerals. BRGM is a public agency which produces and disseminates geological information for government departments, foreign countries, industry and academic research in France and across the world. They use a co-located SEM-Raman system from Renishaw to provide comprehensive in situ sample characterisation.
Renishaw installs its latest additive manufacturing system at CATECMarch 1, 2017
Renishaw, a global manufacturer of metal 3D printing machines, is pleased to announce that its RenAM 500M system has been installed at the Centre for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) in Seville, Spain. It is the first installation of this new machine in the Iberian Peninsula.
CATEC is a technology centre that focuses its activity on the promotion and development of R&D activities within the aerospace sector in Andalusia, actively developing new technologies and the transfer of best practices.
Introducing the RESOLUTE™ FS encoderFebruary 13, 2017
The RESOLUTE Functional Safety (RESOLUTE FS) optical absolute encoder is based on the design of the award winning RESOLUTE series with elements redesigned to meet FS safety standards. RESOLUTE FS encoder systems are certified as:
- A Category 3 PLd rated part against ISO 13849:2015
- Being suitable for use in a SIL2 application against IEC 61508:2010 and IEC 61800-5-2:2007
Renishaw launches world’s first functionally safe absolute open optical encoderJanuary 25, 2017
Renishaw builds on its existing functionally safe (FS) portfolio by introducing the world’s first SIL2 absolute open-optical encoder for both linear and rotary axis applications. The RESOLUTE™ FS encoder system, part of the RESOLUTE series, offers all the benefits of the standard RESOLUTE variant but with FS certification.
The standard RESOLUTE encoder is already designed to be inherently safe due to a built-in separate and independent position checking algorithm*, which has allowed seamless progression to full FS status and compliance with both the ISO13849:2015 (Performance Level D) and IEC 61508:2010 (SIL2) standards.
Horizon 2020 grant supports trials of a new Renishaw drug delivery system in the treatment of Parkinson’s diseaseJanuary 5, 2017
Renishaw’s novel drug delivery system, to be used in partnership with Herantis Pharma Plc’s drug candidate CDNF for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, is about to enter phase 1-2 clinical trials. The study will be supported by a €6 million grant from Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s are notoriously difficult to target with medication due to the protective role of the blood-brain barrier. Working in partnership with leading neurosurgeons, Renishaw has developed an innovative system which bypasses the blood-brain barrier, delivering pharmaceuticals directly into the brain tissue.
Renishaw 3D printing technology increases Land Rover BAR’s performanceDecember 9, 2016
Like many other cutting edge technologies – artificial intelligence, big data analytics – additive manufacturing (3D printing) has been incorporated into daily use at Land Rover BAR with the help of the team’s Technical Innovation Group (TIG). In this case, TIG partner Renishaw, a global metrology firm which manufactures metal additive manufacturing machines, as well as working with the more familiar 3D printing in plastics for its own prototyping.
Pioneering additive manufacturing reshapes patient’s faceNovember 29, 2016
Additive manufacturing (3D printing) is changing and improving many traditional industries and processes. Healthcare is no exception with reconstructive surgery being particularly prominent.
A horrific motorcycle accident left Stephen Power with multiple skull fractures that changed his life and meant he would require reconstructive surgery.
Introducing Renishaw’s new RA802 Pharmaceutical AnalyserNovember 4, 2016
The new RA802 Pharmaceutical Analyser is a compact benchtop Raman imaging system, designed exclusively for the pharmaceutical industry. This easy-to-use instrument redefines how Raman spectroscopy is used for formulation analysis.
The RA802 enables users to formulate tablets more efficiently by speeding up the analysis of tablet composition and structure. It brings together the chemical analysis power of Raman spectroscopy and advanced imaging technologies in a powerful, robust system. Users can reveal detailed chemical and physical information about the contents of their sample, from the distribution and size of API domains to the physical topography. The RA802 makes the highest performance Raman spectroscopy accessible to all users.
Metal additive manufacturing technology used for customised mountain bikesOctober 26, 2016
Metal additive manufacturing technology from Renishaw has enabled Robot Bike Co. to produce a novel design of mountain bike that can be customised to match the size and riding style of the rider.
The impact of robotics on neurosurgeryOctober 13, 2016
Stuart Campbell, Clinical Sales Development Manager of the Neurological Products Division at Renishaw, discusses key trends on the use of robotics in neurosurgery.
The curious case of Phineas Gage is one of the earliest and best known cases of serious brain injury. On September 13th, 1848, Gage was working as a railway foreman in Vermont when an explosion caused a three foot long iron rod to be propelled straight through his skull. At the time, doctors thought it impossible to survive such an injury and his remarkable survival and reported personality changes affected the study of neuroscience forever. In recent years, a new technology has changed the face of neuroscience – robotics, which offers high precision access to a complex and sensitive region.
Renishaw unveils the new XM-60 multi-axis calibratorSeptember 15, 2016
Renishaw, the world-leading metrology specialist, will exhibit its new XM-60 multi-axis calibrator at IMTS 2016, Chicago, USA and AMB 2016, Stuttgart, Germany. The XM-60 is capable of measuring all six degrees of freedom from a single set-up, in any orientation for linear axes. It offers significant improvement in simplicity and time saving over conventional laser measurement techniques.
New research investment will shape aircraft of the futureAugust 26, 2016
Renishaw is contributing its additive manufacturing expertise to a new £17.7 million project, being led by Airbus in the UK, to develop an innovative way of designing and manufacturing aircraft wings, which will encourage a “right first time approach” and reduce development time.
More than 30,000 new aircraft are expected to be required in the next 15-20 years, replacing existing in-service models and also to expand airlines’ fleets as the number of air travellers increases.
The project, called Wing Design Methodology Validation – or WINDY – has been made possible thanks to joint industry and UK government investment from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). It was one of a number of projects announced by BEIS during the Farnborough International Airshow.
Renishaw debuts all-in-one optical incremental encoderJuly 22, 2016
VIONiCplus™ is Renishaw’s new highest performance optical incremental encoder system that has been launched as part of the VIONiC™ digital all-in-one encoder series. The VIONiC design combines all necessary interpolation and signal processing inside the readhead and eliminates the requirement for additional external interfaces. To this end, Renishaw developed a new Versatile Interpolation ASIC (VIA) chip to perform all of the functions originally executed by the interface. Other features, working in conjunction with the Advanced Diagnostic Tool (ADT), bring the end-user wide-ranging monitoring and diagnostic feedback.
How much can you recycle metal additive manufacturing powder?July 1, 2016
Any production process is only as reliable as the feedstock that it consumes. For additive manufacturing (AM) using metal laser melting, the properties of the powder and the machine parameters that are used to process it are closely related. So the chemical and physical properties of the powder are critical. Manufacturers are naturally concerned that the condition of the powder that they are processing is predictable and stable.
Renishaw opens new Additive Manufacturing Solutions Centre in IndiaJune 10, 2016
Renishaw, the global engineering technologies company, is opening a new Additive Manufacturing Solutions Centre on 15th June in Pune, India. The new facility will provide a secure development environment in which customers can expand their knowledge and confidence using additive manufacturing (AM) technology. The Solutions Centre will be equipped with the latest AM systems and staffed by knowledgeable engineers to allow fast access to deploying the technology, all at fixed predictable costs.
A 3D printed mountain bike that you can buy today!June 7, 2016
Demand for high specification bicycles has exploded in recent years as both professionals and ‘prosumers’ have sought a performance edge. In the case of mountain bikes, this has driven manufacturers to deploy advanced materials and construction techniques from aerospace and Formula One, as well as increasingly advanced suspension design. And for those riders with deep pockets, customised frames provide the perfect match to both their physique and their riding style.
Voordeel van tastertechniek op bewerkingsmachines berekenenMay 31, 2016
Met uw gegevens over uw huidige machinebezetting kunnen wij uitrekenen hoeveel een meettastersysteem voor gereedschap- en productinstelling en inspectie u zou kunnen besparen.
Will quantum dots make for a brighter future?May 7, 2016
First discovered in 1980, colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals or quantum dots (QDs) are typically between 2 – 10 nanometres (nm) in diameter and are now being commercialised with possible applications in a variety of thin film devices including solar cells, photodetectors and LEDs. QDs have profound implications for the flat panel display (FPD) industry, but is it really a case of all change from here on in?
How AM could disrupt your market (Part 2)March 31, 2016
Metal 3D printing has the potential to shake up the way that we design and make products, creating opportunities for valuable innovations and whole new business models. In this second post of two, I am exploring the nature of the changes that additive manufacturing (AM) could bring to product markets, and the steps that companies can take to lead this disruption.
Renishaw’s unique ATOM™ encoder is key to enhanced metrology performanceMarch 22, 2016
Renishaw, the global engineering company, has launched REVO-2, a new improved version of the revolutionary multi-sensor 5-axis measuring head for use on Co-ordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs). REVO-2 and its new CMM controller, UCC S5, build upon the successful REVO system with enhanced power and communications capability to carry the latest REVO sensors such as the RVP vision measurement probe.
How Additive Manufacturing could disrupt your marketMarch 11, 2016
Everyone is talking about how 3D printing is going to change the world of manufacturing, part of the wave of Industry 4.0 innovation that will sweep aside established ways of working. That’s a bit hyperbolic perhaps, but the point is that additive manufacturing (AM) does present tremendous opportunities to do things differently.
Renishaw launches the new inVia™ Qontor™ confocal Raman microscopeMarch 9, 2016
The new inVia Qontor is Renishaw’s most advanced Raman microscope. Building on the market-leading inVia Reflex, the inVia Qontor adds a new dimension to the performance and ease of use for which inVia is renowned.
inVia used to study graphene and other nano-materials at the University of TokyoMarch 1, 2016
The Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Tokyo uses a Renishaw inVia confocal Raman microscope to study graphene and other nano-materials in the development of energy related devices such as solar cells.
RLS launches a 20 bit absolute magnetic ring encoderFebruary 18, 2016
Renishaw’s associate company RLS announces the launch of the new AksIM™ true-absolute magnetic rotary encoder for embedded OEM motion control applications. With up to 20 bit resolution and zero hysteresis in a unique through-bore configuration, AksIM sets a new standard for magnetic encoder performance and value.
Nieuws over automatisering van bewerkingsmachinesFebruary 13, 2016
Renishaws laatste productnieuws voor bewerkingsmachines, casestudies en technische artikelen, waarmee de maakindustrie bewerkingsprocessen kan automatiseren en aanzienlijke kostenbesparingen kan bereiken.
New horizons in custom LaserAbutments™February 4, 2016
Renishaw has collaborated with dental implant innovator BioHorizons to bring custom metal 3D printed abutments, known as LaserAbutmentsTM, to their customers for the first time.
The joint initiative enables dentists to offer custom abutments for restorations providing exceptional function and aesthetics, while maintaining high value for money.
Magnetic encoders contribute to reliable wafer transfer robotsJanuary 27, 2016
A wafer ultimately becomes multiple IC-units in a series of complicated processes, where wafers rely on a wafer transfer robot to perform fast and accurate transfers between process stations. Wafers are valuable and break easily, meaning that stability and reliability are critical for the robot’s effectiveness. A Korea-based robot manufacturer Robot and Design (RND) uses a RLS LM10 series incremental magnetic encoder system to optimize the performance of its wafer transfer robots. RLS is a Slovenian associate company of Renishaw.
Renishaw – cranking down cycle time for Hope TechnologyJanuary 21, 2016
In 2013, Renishaw produced the world’s first 3D printed metal bicycle frame for UK company, Empire Cycles. The pedal cranks and other components used to create the fully-built bike were produced using more conventional machining processes, at Barnoldswick-based Hope Technology. In its high-tech, high-volume production factory, the company employs Renishaw’s non-contact tool setting and breakage detection technology, CMM contact scanning probes and modular fixturing to maximise machine up-time and to ensure consistent component precision.
Thorlabs selects TONiC™ encoders for its motion stages after in-house testingDecember 31, 2015
Thorlabs subjected Renishaw’s TONiC encoders to a battery of tests in direct competition with other optical encoder brands. The TONiC series outperformed the competition in every test and was selected to equip both the Thorlabs DDS600 600 mm long travel stage and the MLS203 microscope stage.
Laser calibration at the speed of lightDecember 18, 2015
The word “laser” implies “light speed” for the casual listener, but witnessing a bi-directional laser calibration run on just one linear axis of a CNC mill conjures up a completely different image – that of something less than the speed of light. A short 1 m axis can typically take 30 to 60 minutes as the machine axis moves in 10 mm increments and stops to pause and settle before the laser interferometer takes a reading. That pause can be as long as 23 seconds during some tests.
Bringing metal 3D printing expertise to Land Rover BAR Technical Innovation GroupNovember 30, 2015
At the formnext exhibition, Renishaw’s Dr Chris Sutcliffe and Marc Saunders explain how the company’s manufacturing expertise is being used to produce high quality performance parts for the Land Rover BAR America’s Cup team and the importance of a production tool chain – from metal additive manufacturing (3D printing) of a part through to conventional machining, in-process gauging and final inspection of geometry.
Renishaw brings 3D printing expertise to Land Rover BAR Technical Innovation GroupNovember 14, 2015
Renishaw is proud to announce that the company has joined Land Rover BAR’s Technical Innovation Group (TIG) as an official supplier – joining the quest to bring the America’s Cup home to Britain. The company will contribute its expertise in metal 3D printing and position feedback encoding.
Renishaw’s RESOLUTE™ absolute encoder supports ITRI breakthrough in multi-axis rotary table designOctober 16, 2015
The term ‘5-axis machining’ typically refers to the ability of a CNC machine to move a part or tool on five separate axes at the same time. The machine tool has an indispensable role in modern industry and has recently benefited from the popularity of 5-axis machining centres that greatly enhance flexibility in product design, by enabling precise and detailed machining of complex mass-produced parts.
Renishaw lowers the entry barrier to metal 3D printingSeptember 24, 2015
Renishaw will announce plans to open a global network of Renishaw Solutions Centres for metal 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM).
Renishaw lanceert nieuwe CARTO softwareoplossing voor kalibratiesystemenSeptember 22, 2015
Renishaw lanceert op de EMO 2015 een nieuw gratis software pakket voor Renishaw kalibratiesystemen. Het pakket bevat Capture en Explore, die bij het XL-80 laserinterferometer systeem de gegevensopname en -analyse verzorgen. CARTO versie 1.1 ondersteunt lineaire, hoek- en rechtheidsmetingen, naar keuze gestart door middel van een druk op de knop , door de positie of op afstand (TP-in). CARTO heeft een nieuw databasesysteem dat automatisch gegevens opslaat en sorteert. Daardoor kunnen gebruikers er gemakkelijker mee werken, en snel en eenvoudig gegevens vergelijken met eerdere resultaten.
Nieuwe software vergroot mogelijkheden met QC20-W ballbar voor gegevensopname op tijdbasisSeptember 14, 2015
Renishaw introduceert op de EMO 2015 Ballbar Trace, een nieuw softwarepakket voor gegevensopname op tijdbasis, bestemd voor de QC20-W ballbar waarmee de positioneringsnauwkeurigheid van CNC-bewerkingsmachines wordt geverifieerd. De nieuwe software is gratis voor bestaande gebruikers van de QC20-W en maakt vele nieuwe toepassingen beschikbaar, waaronder statische bewaking en gegevensopname volgens ISO 10791-6.
Renishaw announces the launch of the RSP3-6 scanning probe for the REVO® multi-sensor systemAugust 11, 2015
Renishaw is pleased to announce the launch of the RSP3-6 extended reach scanning probe for use with the REVO 5-axis measurement system on co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs). The RSP3-6 probe provides enhanced capability for accessing and inspecting features deep within bores by combining long extensions of up to 800 mm with REVO’s 5-axis movements. RSP3-6 is ideal for inspecting large parts, such as engine blocks and components for heavy machinery used in the construction, mining, automotive and defence industries.
neuromate® frameless Gen II robot installation and first deep brain stimulation (DBS)August 3, 2015
Renishaw is pleased to announce that a neuromate frameless Gen II stereotactic robotic system has been installed at the Department of Neurological Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Ali Rezai, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience and Director, OSU Center for Neuromodulation, is the head of the team who performed the first case in the USA using the neuromate frameless Gen II system for the implantation of DBS electrodes.
Renishaw opens new Slovenian research facilityJune 30, 2015
Renishaw is pleased to announce the creation of Renishaw Tehnični Inženiring d.o.o., a new research and development organisation which is located within the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
New system for simple length setting of tools on CNC machining centresMay 4, 2015
Renishaw has launched the Primo™ LTS (length tool setter). The Primo LTS is a single-axis tool setter which allows users to set tool length, check for breakage, and compensate for thermal growth on a CNC machining centre.
First Renishaw neuromate® frameless Gen II robot installation in the USAApril 2, 2015
Renishaw is pleased to announce that a neuromate frameless Gen II stereotactic robotic system has been installed, at the neurosurgery department of the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. This is the first installation of neuromate frameless Gen II in the USA.
Renishaw launches ATOM™ diagnostic kit to aid system optimisation and installationMarch 16, 2015
ATOM is Renishaws innovative non-contact optical linear and rotary incremental encoder system that uniquely combines miniaturisation with exceptional dynamic performance and outstanding reliability.
RLS miniature sensors for space constrained applications
Renishaw’s associate company RLS, has announced the launch of high performance miniature encoder sensors for embedded OEM motion control applications. With their small size and lightweight design the new sensors are highly suited to a wide range of applications including medical products, optics positioning, robot control, 3D printers, gimbals and hand held devices. The miniature sensors come in four different shapes and offer linear and rotary performance at resolutions to 0.244 µm for linear applications and to 753,664 cpr for rotary applications.