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New from Carl Zeiss: DuraMax Scanning Measuring Machine

With its new DuraMax 3D coordinate measuring machine, Carl Zeiss brings scanning to the smallest workshop

Oberkochen, Germany – April 7, 2008 – Today at CONTROL 2008, Carl Zeiss introduced DuraMaxTM, a new extraordinary, compact, 3D coordinate measuring machine (CMM). The scanning measuring machine featuring the VAST® XXT sensor is the ideal replacement for all types of gauges. It can be used in any size workshop or inline process control. With DuraMax, Carl Zeiss is responding to customer demands for CNC scanning measuring technology with a small machine as close to production processes as possible.

DuraMax – for everything
DuraMax is suited for process control on the production floor, for the quick in-between inspection of small workpieces and for testing volume parts directly in production. DuraMax replaces traditional measuring equipment such as height gauges, ring gauges, snap gauges, plug gauges, form measuring machines, workshop measuring equipment and manual measuring machines.

DuraMax meets the needs of users of dimensional measuring technology in many aspects: its low total price offers customers affordable access to ZEISS scanning. Users can quickly learn to how operate the machine and perform measurements. The ease of use makes this “Scanning machine for everyone” an ideal replacement tool. If modifications are made to the product to be tested, standard inspection procedures often require new, expensive gauges. DuraMax, however, is a CNC all-rounder that, when combined with CAD-based CALYPSO measuring software, quickly, easily and reproducibly measures all changes.

As a tabletop CMM or with an optional base that can be ideally loaded from four sides, DuraMax offers an entirely new concept and stands out as a result of an extremely modern and attractive design.

DuraMax scans everything
Scanning is a standard feature of DuraMax, but it also offers single-point probing. The VAST XXT scanning sensor scans with high speed. It is known for precision measurements and provides dimensional information on the part features. DuraMax is extremely powerful when combined with CALYPSO software, the standard software for all ZEISS coordinate measuring machines.

DuraMax for rough environments
DuraMax, the name stands for its durability and robustness, withstands rough environments and demonstrates its high stability over a broad temperature range. At a temperature range of 18-30° C, DuraMax exceeds current expectations. The MPE values range from 2.4 + L/300 µm at 18-22° C and 2.9 + L/200 µm at 18-30° C. These are pioneering features in this class.

While measuring, the passive vibration damping offers protection against mechanical vibrations from production. Glass ceramic length measuring systems for the three axes and axes protected with bellows, precise linear guideways and rigid, limited drives ensure precise measuring even under poor environmental conditions. The measuring volume (500 x 500 x 500 mm) is very large for a measuring machine in this class. The installation dimensions, however, are surprisingly small.

DuraMax: easy to set-up, always ready for use. An additional benefit is the compact design of DuraMax. If needed, it can be quickly moved to a different location within the facility – only a forklift is needed. Once connected to a power source it is immediately ready for action. This is possible because pressurised air is not required.

The key features of DuraMax are its suitability for a rough production environment, the high permissible temperature variations, the proven and pioneering ZEISS scanning methods, the minimal space requirements and the attractive price. Plug & Scan was implemented into a convincing machine concept in accordance with customer wishes.

Image Caption: DuraMax from Carl Zeiss makes it possible to dive into the world of scanning with VAST technology at an extremely affordable price.

Headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany, Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH is a member of the Carl Zeiss Group. It is the global leader in CNC coordinate measuring machines and complete, multi-dimensional metrology solutions for a wide variety of industrial sectors.

Approximately 1,500 employees at three manufacturing locations and more than 100 sales and service centers serve customers around the world.
Carl Zeiss 3D Metrology Services GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH and its approx. 150 employees are responsible for rendering services covering all aspects of metrology.

Carl Zeiss is a globally leading international group of companies in the optical and optoelectronic industry. In fiscal year 2006/07 (ended 30 September), the Carl Zeiss Group, which is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation, generated revenues totaling EUR 2,604 million. The Carl Zeiss Group has approximately 12,300 employees, including about 4,300 outside Germany. Further information is available at www.zeiss.com and www.zeiss.com/imt.

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