CRYSTA-Apex® S Coordinate Measuring Machine

October 13, 2011- (Aurora, IL) The new CRYSTA-Apex®S Coordinate Measuring Machine from Mitutoyo America Corporation brings new levels of performance and economy to the 1.7 μm class of CNC CMMs.

With a maximum error of MPEE = (1.7+3L/1000) μm, the new Mitutoyo CRYSTA-Apex®S more than doubles the effective measuring range at a given measurement tolerance as compared to typical CMMs in its class. Additionally, the CRYSTA-Apex®S drive features high-speed (max 519 mm/s) and high acceleration (max 2,309 mm/s2). These advances result in higher throughput for greater productivity and lower total owning and operating costs.

The CRYSTA-Apex®S uses the new UC-400® controller to manage 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.

Extreme rigidity helps the CRYSTA-Apex®S maintain accuracy. The Y-axis guide rail is integrated into one side of the granite surface plate. Precision air bearings located on the bottom, front, rear and upper surfaces of the X-axis slider minimize vibration and ensure stability even during high-speed, high-acceleration operation.

Accuracy is further enhanced by an advanced Temperature Compensation System. The System consists of a thermometer unit that measures the temperatures from thermal sensors located on the scale units of the CMM main unit and from a set of workpiece thermal sensors. The temperature data is transferred to the UC-400® machine controller for thermal compensation. For proper workpiece compensation, the thermal expansion coefficient of the workpiece material is entered by the user; since the material of scale units of the CMM is constant, this expansion coefficient is permanently stored in the temperature unit.

The CRYSTA-Apex®S supports a wide range of probes that offer increased capabilities including the MPP-310Q scanning probe that collects cloud point data at speeds of up to 120 mm/s. Other probes suited for screw depth measurement, ultra-small diameter measurement and non-contact measurement are also supported.

Coordinate Measuring Machine

Designed and constructed using all Mitutoyo’s experience in CNC CMM technology, CRYSTA-Apex S features lightweight materials and an innovative machine structure, providing high motion stability, high accuracy, and affordability.

Available software options enable the CRYSTA-Apex®S 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 range of programs supporting laser and vision probes.

CRYSTA-Apex®S provides USB communications for connectivity. Additionally, CRYSTA-Apex®S 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.

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