Also in the development of the new probe, the application engineer worked closely with the drive and controller supplier, FANUC. As a result, the probe process itself has been accelerated. Because in the past, you had to traverse with the probe to the component at a constant speed. For this, it was necessary to keep a certain distance prior to each probe.
The new FANUC Model B generation of controllers now offers the 'Feed Forward Compensation In Skip' function, which also allows probing in the acceleration phase. "We are now achieving the same precision in a much shorter time", sums up Grasso. "Because the FANUC CNC is a controller for machining and not a measurement controller that reads out the exact positions every millisecond, the result is remarkable. We have pioneered into a realm where we can partly compete with dedicated measuring machines."
The good measuring results are not limited to the Schneeberger Sirius and NGN tap linear machines. Superior results were also achieved in trials with the NGC. What's more, the Zenon probe is backward compatible. This means that if a user wishes to exchange his existing Schneeberger probe, he can easily do so with a small interface.