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Strato-Apex Combines Advanced Structure with High-Performance Control

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The Strato-Apex CMM boasts faster drive speeds and higher acceleration.

The Strato-Apex CMM boasts faster drive speeds and higher acceleration.

June 13, 2011—

The new Strato-Apex CMM from Mitutoyo America Corporation combines an advanced structure with newly-developed high-performance control and scanning technologies. The result is faster drive speeds, higher acceleration, and a CMM that is a productivity leader in the 1 µm class, according to the company.

The extremely rigid Strato-Apex CMM structure incorporates vibration-dampening, auto-leveling air springs and the newest compensation technology to support acceleration of 2,598 mm/s2 (3-D), 0.23g (3-D) and measuring scan speeds up to three mm/s.

The Strato-Apex features digital servo system control loops for position, speed and current. This makes it easy to implement various types of control algorithms. Additionally, the digital servo system has a wide dynamic range and is highly resistant to drift over time. The controller is located outside the main unit to mitigate the effect of generated heat. The ultra-high accuracy measurement units installed on each axis of the Strato-Apex consist of high-performance reflective linear encoders that utilize ultra-high precision crystallized glass scales which exhibit virtually no thermal expansion (coefficient of linear expansion of 0.01 x 10-5/°C).

The available software options enable the Strato-Apex to tackle a wide variety of measurement applications. Software packages include GEOPAK, a high-functionality general-purpose measurement program which is at the heart of MCOSMOS (Mitutoyo Controlled Open System for Modular Operation Support) software. MCOSMOS supports virtually every CAD format while providing routines for in-line measurement, data feedback, and process management.  Additional software supported includes: CAT1000S for freeform surface evaluation; CAT1000P, an offline teaching program; SCANPAK, for contour measurement; and a wide variety of programs supporting laser and vision probes.

Additionally, Strato-Apex supports MeasurLink STATMeasure Plus, Mitutoyo's proprietary statistical-processing and process-control program. MeasurLink STATMeasure Plus performs statistical analysis and provides real-time display of measurement results for SPC applications. The program can also be linked to a higher-level network environment for enterprise-wide functionality. 

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