A wireless bore gauge launched by Solartron Metrology is set to change the design of manufacturing workstations. By eliminating the need for cables to download the measurement data, the new wigauge(TM) wireless bore gauge (WBG) offers manufacturers greater freedom in workstation design and practice.
The use of precision hand-held electronic gauges in post process gauging is not new, but the cables connecting the tools to the receiving SPC system, printer or datalogger have long caused problems.
Downtime due to cable damage and tangles has been all too common, and cable length and routing have often dictated the design of the gauging station, leading to loss of efficiency.
All this can now be in the past thanks to Solartron's WBG. This class 1 Bluetooth(R) gauge has a range of 15 m or more for data transmission, even in the hostile environment of an engineering machine shop. Up to seven WBGs can be linked to a single system.
The rugged, high precision, IP65 rated gauge is compatible with industry standard M6 and M10 gauge head threads. The transducer is linear along its full measuring range, making it easy to set up and adaptable for applications other than bore gauging. Resolution is user selectable up to 0.1 um.
The attached NiMH battery pack delivers up to 10 hours of continuous data transmission, and can be removed for off line recharging.
"Industry has been asking for this type of wireless gauge for quite some time," said Solartron's sales and marketing director Neil Curtis. "We are delighted to be providing the solution."
Applications for the WBG are expected to be in the automotive components market and any manufacturing plant producing precision bored holes.
Designed and built in the UK, Solartron's wireless bore gauge is the first of a new range of Bluetooth enabled linear measurement and gauging products to be released over the coming months under the company's new wigauge(TM) brand.
The new wigauge(TM) wireless bore gauge from Solartron Metrology has a range of 15 m or more.
Notes for editors
Solartron Metrology is a world leader in the design and manufacture of precision dimensional measurement and position measurement transducers and instrumentation. Based in West Sussex, where it has a 4000 m2 manufacturing facility, the company exports over 90 per cent of its production worldwide.
Solartron Metrology's parent company is AMETEK, a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annualised sales of $2.5 billion.
Date: 23 September 2008
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