Mitutoyo STRATO-Apex® CMM combines speed and accuracy for class-leading performance

(Aurora, IL)  The new STRATO-Apex® Coordinate Measuring Machine 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 1µm class.   The extremely rigid STRATO-Apex® CMM structure incorporates vibration-dampening, auto-leveling air springs and the newest compensation technology to support acceleration of 2,598mm/s2 (3D), 0.23g (3D) and measuring scan speeds up to 3mm/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 Software applications.  The program can also be linked to a higher-level network environment for enterprise-wide functionality.