London – Based on its recent analysis of the global coordinate measurement machine (CMM) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes the WENZEL Group with the 2018 Global New Product Innovation Award for its groundbreaking SF 87 shop floor CMM. The SF 87 successfully tackles key challenges in shop floor inspections by offering more measuring volume, a smaller footprint, a wider operating temperature range, and seamless integration with material handling solutions.
"The SF 87 has a measuring volume of 800x700x700 millimeters (mm), which is three times the measuring volume of competing products of comparable footprint. Further efficiency gains can be achieved by using more powerful probes and optical sensors," said Prem Shanmugam, Senior Consultant and Program Manager. "Significantly, WENZEL’s SF 87 can be operated in temperatures of up to 30 degree Celsius while traditional CMMs need approximately 20 degrees Celsius, which makes them unsuitable for shop floors. The SF 87 achieves less than 4 microns at 30 degrees Celsius and less than 2.5 microns at less than 20 degrees Celsius, making it ideal for operations on the shop floor."
Multi-Sensor Capable and Ready for Automation
SF 87’s bionic structure and unique low center of gravity design make it efficient, ergonomic, productive, and insensitive to shop floor vibrations. In addition, it is multi-sensor capable and supports both optical and Renishaw tactile sensors. This includes the PH10M, which can be equipped with extensions and SP25M analogue scanning probes. SF 87 can also be configured with a tool-change rack to switch probes and extensions automatically, without requiring time-consuming requalification. Furthermore, the SF 87 is a directly usable production line and automation solution, and it can be integrated through the optional WENZEL Automation Interface (WAI) for material handling without expanding its footprint.
Another notable product benefit of SF 87 is that it uses an active damping system and does not need air bearing technology, which eliminates the need for expensive clean air. Additionally, it can operate using only a 230V power supply. The company complements its strong product offering with a optional comprehensive service package, wherein customers receive up to 60 months of maintenance, calibration, and inspection, as well as preventative replacement of worn parts, insurance machine coverage, exchange service, and online support.
"WENZEL has built a strong presence and credibility among customers in various end-user markets, such as automotive, aerospace, plastics, power train, and medical devices, and is expected to increase its presence in additive manufacturing as well," noted Prem Shanmugam. "The company has actively rebranded its corporate identity and strengthened its thought leadership in the current digital era. Its market-leading quality, wide scope of application, and value-added post-sale service have positioned it for long-term growth in the global CMM market."
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the value-added features and benefits of the product and the increased return on investment (ROI) it gives customers, which, in turn, raises customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.
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Learn more about the WENZEL SF 87.