Dual Axis Digital Autocollimator incorporates CCD technology.

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Utilizing optical analysis software, Ultra Series provides simultaneous 2-axis straightness measurement of machine tool slides. Device automatically measures both X and Y directions at each measurement position along slideway. With additional accessories, system can also set and check twist, parallelism, and squareness. Ultra Series offers measurement range of 1,800 sec with 0.2 sec accuracy, while high-precision version offers 300 sec range with 0.1 sec accuracy.

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New Ultra Autocollimator from Taylor Hobson is Ideal Device for Measuring Straightness, Squareness, Twist and Parallelism

Taylor Hobson to Unveil Latest Version at IMTS 2012, McCormick Place, Chicago, Booth # 5828, September 10 to 15, 2012,

WEST CHICAGO, IL- Taylor Hobson, a global leader in ultra-precision measurement instrumentation, plans to unveil the latest addition to its line of industry-leading autocollimators at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) at Chicago's McCormick Place, September 10-15, 2012.

Used extensively in workshops, tool rooms, inspection departments and quality control laboratories worldwide, Taylor Hobson autocollimators are highly sensitive optical instruments designed to accurately measure extremely small linear and angular displacements, squareness, twist and parallelism. The Taylor Hobson line of autocollimators ranges from the simple, easy-to-use TA51 visual autocollimator to the new Ultra Series dual-axis, digital autocollimator that incorporates the latest CCD technology and optical analysis software.

The most common application for the Ultra Series dual-axis autocollimator is the simultaneous two axis straightness measurement of machine tool slides. The device automatically measures both X and Y directions at each measurement position along a slideway. A typical 10-meter slide can be checked in less than five minutes-a considerable reduction in time versus more conventional methods.

Additional accessories allow twist (roll), parallelism and squareness also to be set and checked. A Talyvel electronic level is used in conjunction with the Ultra Autocollimator to measure the twist or roll of a slideway, while an optical square is used for parallelism and squareness checks.

The new Ultra dual-axis digital autocollimator replaces the DA400 and DA20 series offering a wider range of application and greater accuracy. Key features include a wide measurement range (1800 seconds), high accuracy (0.2 seconds) and simple touch screen operation.

The high-precision version is ideal for ultra-precision measurements and indexing of small angles and is most commonly used for setting and calibrating polygons, rotary tables and encoders. It features ultrahigh 0.1 second accuracy and a range of 300 seconds. Both versions offer simultaneous dual-axis operation and display, a laser sighting aid for easy set up, standard optical display and analysis software and tablet PC.

Taylor Hobson Precision is a leading manufacturer of ultra-precision measurement instrumentation for a variety of markets, including optics, semiconductors, hard disk drives and nanotechnology research. It is a unit of AMETEK, Inc, a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, with annual sales of $3.0 billion.

For more information on the new Ultra Series Dual-Axis Dgital AutoCollimator, contact Graham Anderson by e-mail at graham@spectrum-metrology.co.uk or by telephone at +44 (0) 116 276 6262. For information on Taylor Hobson's complete line of ultra-precision measurement instruments, contact Taylor Hobson, 1725 Western Drive, West Chicago, IL 60185, USA. Tel: 630-621-3099. Fax: 630-231-1739. E-mail: sales@taylorhobson.us Web site: www.taylor-hobson.com

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