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Nikon Intros Updated CMM/CNC Interface Software
New software drive complex shape measurements.
Brighton, MI — CMM-Manager 3.0 for Windows 7 from Nikon reportedly offers the most value-for-money tactile inspection software that runs on nearly all CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) and manual CMMs (Coordinate measurement machines).

The up-to-date and intuitive Windows 7 graphical interface makes the software even more informative and interactive. The CMM-Manager automates serial inspection or can easily take a few points on the spot. And when combined with the new Renishaw 5-axis PH20 probe head, CMM-Manager 3.0 turns around inspection work up to 3 times faster.

The dashboard has been upgraded with intuitive new icons and a ribbon bar style layout. CMM-Manager 3.0 for Windows 7 also incorporates touch screen and multi-touch support and intuitive navigation paths.

Once the part is aligned in the CMM, it immediately allows measurement of geometric features and points on planes. When CAD is available, you can even take snap-point measurements on the screen to eliminate manually probing the work piece, and automatically create dimensional charts with color-coded point deviations. Docking and sliding panels provide a more open and simplified workspace, and inspection tools are simple to use. To create a serial inspection routine that runs on any CMM brand, all that's needed is to click points and features on a 3D part view and drag-and-drop them as icons onto a part program representation. CMM-Manager automatically converts the icon program into a collision-free touch probe motion path. Automated inspection results in graphic part-to-CAD comparison, a digital communication tool providing all the answers.

The new software supports the new Renishaw PH20 probe head that drives fast, infinite, rotary positioning for high-speed point measurement with minimal CMM movement. The new probe head brings five-axis inspection capability to smaller CMMs by optimizing the working volume of the measurement platform. Through its PH20 support, the software increases touch-trigger CMM inspection throughput by as much as three times. The software operates on a PC or laptop running a Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit operating system.

Contact: Nikon Metrology, Inc., 12701 Grand River, Brighton, MI 48116 810-220-4360 E-mail: Web:

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