Intelligent sensor automation for coordinate measuring machines

SENMATION Intelligent Sensor Automation

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Offering fully-automatic sensor exchange within a part program, the SENMATION universal sensor interface transforms your coordinate measuring machine (CMM) into a multisensor inspection device capable of completing the most intricate measurement challenges.

SENMATION adds flexibility to your metrology setup, ensuring the most effective measurement method can be selected at all times to deliver the best possible results in the most efficient way – with no user intervention required.

SENMATION is a universal sensor interface system that enables easy exchange of sensing technology. With seamless shifts between inspection methods, it allows you to utilise both tactile and optical sensors within the same measurement program to ensure the right type of sensor is used for every feature of the workpiece.

Integrated directly into the CMM quill, SENMATION uses a sophisticated probe recognition system to quickly identify and check the status of the loaded sensor. With no need to recalibrate after exchange, the system delivers smooth changes and fast measurement operations. A universal sensor switch and intelligent sensor module mean that SENMATION can accept all common sensor types, while the scalable nature of the system means that additional sensors can be integrated in future.

With SENMATION, you get the flexibility to select the best sensor for accessibility on difficult to reach features or fragile surfaces, making even the most complex measurement routine easy to program.

  • Features & Benefits
    Tactile and Non-Contact Inspection Methods
    SENMATION enables complex measurement routines to be actioned on a single machine, saving time and costs spent on inspection while maximising machine productivity.

    Mechanical Sensor Exchange

    Reliable and error-free sensor exchange takes place automatically within a program, allowing CMMs to complete multisensor inspections without operator intervention. 

    Automatic Sensor Recognition

    The SENMATION universal sensor interface uses a probe recognition system to identify which sensor is loaded, enabling measurement to continue with no need for calibration.

    Scalable Platform Interface

    The standardised interface makes SENMATION a future-ready platform solution, with new sensor types easily integrated as they become available.
  • Related Information
    SENMATION enables the utilisation of different types of sensors on a single CMM. The following tactile scanning probes, optical, non-contact and roughness sensors are available:

    Tactile Scanning Probes

    HP-S-X5 and HP-S-X5 HD

    The HP-S-X5 and HP-S-X5 HD scanning sensors offer single-point measurements for all standard inspection tasks and variable high-speed scanning for the form and profile measurement of complex geometries such as spur gears, worm gears, turbine blades and worm wheels. With a maximum sensor extension of 800 mm, even elements at a great immersion depth can be measured.

    HP-S-X1H with HH-AS8-T2.5

    Using the HP-S-X1 probe head, fast and precise measurement processes are guaranteed for all probing procedures, from single-point probing to self-centring scanning to variable high-speed scanning. The HP-S-X1H is combined with the HH-AS8-T2.5 indexing head and makes it easy to access highly complex workpieces. The sensor can also be flexibly used with a maximum extension of 225 mm.

    Multi-Tactile Package

    The ultra-flexible SENMATION multi-tactile package combines accuracy and flexibility in one measurement solution. It combines two tactile probe heads.
    The fixed probe head HP-S-X5 HD is utilised for measurements with very tight tolerances. If more flexibility is required and features are more difficult to access the indexing head HH-AS8-T2.5 with the scanning probe HP-S-X1H is used.

    Non-Contact Sensors


    The PRECITEC LR optical sensor offers excellent measurement accuracy for demanding surfaces, including transparent, reflective, matte or coated materials. This makes the sensor a versatile measurement solution. Based upon a large acceptance angle, even steep surfaces can be measured. Only available on selected models in the Leitz PMM-C series.

    HP-O Sensors

    The HP-O optical sensor captures measuring points on a wide variety of different materials quickly and efficiently. Even shiny and reflective surfaces can be measured reliably with maximum accuracy. The HP-O is used for both single-point probing and continuous scanning tasks. HP-O sensors on SENMATION are available on an automatic indexable probe head or as fixed version.

    Roughness Sensors


    The PROFILER R is a fully-equipped tactile measuring system for surface finish integrated into CMMs operation for automated measurement of roughness and waviness. Adding surface measurement capabilities to a traditional CMM, it allows to complete its capability for geometrical inspection to make a full quality setup. The integrated surface profiler operation significantly increases the efficiency of the whole inspection process by avoiding transport to external devices or even their need as well as reducing changeover times by automated alignment.
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