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RPI Launches Metrology-Grade Rotary Axis Table for Portable CMMs

Improves productivity as much as 40 percent

Published: Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 12:00

(RPI: Bath, UK) -- RPI, a leading provider of rotary measurement and angular positioning devices, has expanded its metrology product range with the launch of OctoScan, which can improve productivity by up to 40 percent.

OctoScan is an accurate rotary axis that enhances the measurement capability of portable measurement arms. It enables objects that are larger than the standard reach of portable arms to be easily and accurately recorded.

This new rotary positioning system provides additional flexibility to the measurement process, minimizing errors and increasing accuracy for otherwise difficult-to-reach areas with an overall increase in measurement volume.

OctoScan is also built with convenience in mind, with wireless functionality and portability around a production line. It can be integrated with any measurement arm or portable CMM (coordinate-measuring machine).

For example, LK Metrology’s Freedom Arm measuring system, which was demonstrated at Control, had a fully integrated OctoScan via PolyWorks software.

The universally compatible design enables very easy setup. Additionally, OctoScan has been designed so parts can be fixed into place in many different ways. Its built-in magnets and multiple threaded fixing holes allow for an element of custom fixing.

OctoScan’s accuracy and portability make it one of the most efficient rotary positioning systems available commercially available.

Thanks to OctoScan’s accessibility to larger parts and single setup, the system is able to increase overall workplace productivity by up to 40 percent while also significantly minimizing human error and fatigue.

This is due to it eliminating the need for repeat measurements of certain parts that would typically stand outside the measurement range. OctoScan has a radial and axial runout of 1 micrometer and a coning of axis +/– 0.5 arcseconds.

“The launch of a new line of products is always an interesting time for both us and our customers, and with OctoScan, I can already envision how it will influence workflows in many industries,” says Peter Marchbank, RPI’s managing director.

The one thing people are going to notice almost immediately is the increased efficiency it brings to the workplace, and when considering its increased measurement volume and enhanced accuracy, repeat measurements and human error will become less of a problem.

In addition, says Marchbank, OctoScan’s ergonomic design allows it to be moved all over the production line, almost anywhere that it is needed.

“All in all, OctoScan is an extremely promising new addition to our already great product lineup, and having already received our first orders following the launch, I’m confident it will become a staple of our client’s standard tools in the very near future,” says Marchbank.

For more information and access to other RPI products, please visit https://www.rpiuk.com/products/octoscan/


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