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Mini Infrared Touch Probe suits micro-machining applications.

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March 5, 2014 - Measuring 25 mm in diameter and 44.2 mm long without shank and stylus, Model IRP40.50 is designed for precise probing in tight spaces. Self-contained, wireless CNC probe offers force of 0.7 N and 400 hr of continuous runtime. Stylus threading is M2 but allows fast probe cycles at speeds up to 2,000 mm/min. With high data rate infrared transmission, system only processes its own signals, and disturbances caused by extraneous light are ignored.

Hexagon Metrology Inc.

250 Circuit Drive, North Kingstown, RI, 02852, USA

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Hexagon Metrology Releases Miniature Infrared Touch Probe for Micro-machining Applications

Press release date: February 25, 2014

IRP40.50 Designed for Precise Probing in Tight Spaces

North Kingstown, RI — Hexagon Metrology announced today the availability of the m&h IRP40.50 infrared touch probe for the North American market. The IRP40.50 is ideal for inspection in tight spaces, and was designed to address the needs of miniature machining centers. The m&h IRP40.50 is the world’s smallest self-contained wireless CNC probe with a diameter of 25 millimeters, a length of 44.2 millimeters without shank and stylus, and a probing force of 0.7N (XY). The probe’s small dimensions enable measurement of small and delicate workpieces. With the shank and stylus included, the IRP40.50 is slightly larger than a standard USB stick. Typical applications for the probe include micro-manufacturing in the firearms, medical, dental, additive manufacturing and electronic industries or any manufacturing which involves small parts with complex geometries and tight tolerances.

Small parts with tight tolerances are very difficult, if not impossible, to measure because there is little room in the Z-axis direction and the tool magazine. The IRP40.50 eliminates this concern and leaves enough room to measure in the Z-axis without the danger of collision. The stylus threading is M2 but allows fast probe cycles at speeds up to 2,000mm/min.

”The IRP40.50 works with PC-DMIS NC-Gage v2.1, the revolutionary software that simplifies CNC probe operations into simple, user-friendly instructions that any operator can understand. The probe was designed to inspect and correct the machining process before a bad part can be made,” states Adrian Johnson, Business Manager of In-process Inspection, “The IRP40.50 is able to inspect parts that were once considered too difficult or too small to inspect on machine tools. The miniature touch probe enables in-process measurement to drastically reduce scrap and rework.”

Even with its small profile, the IRP40.50 has proven high data rate (HDR) infrared transmission. This feature guarantees that only the system's own signals are processed, and disturbances caused by extraneous light are ignored. Newly developed electronics in this mini-probe enables them to use less energy, providing 400 hours of continuous run time. This results in the longest battery life in the industry.

For more information about the IRP40.50 visit www.HexMet.us/IRP 

About Hexagon Metrology
Hexagon Metrology offers a comprehensive range of products and services for all industrial metrology applications in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, energy and medical. We support our customers with actionable measurement information along the complete life cycle of a product – from development and design to production, assembly and final inspection.

With more than 20 production facilities and 70 Precision Centers for service and demonstrations, and a network of over 100 distribution partners on five continents, we empower our customers to fully control their manufacturing processes, enhancing the quality of products and increasing efficiency in manufacturing plants around the world. For more information, visit www.hexagonmetrology.com.

Hexagon Metrology is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B; www.hexagon.com). Hexagon is a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data. Learn more at www.hexagon.com.

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