MEAX MT20 simplifies checks of lathes and milling machines, as well as turning and machine center measurements.
MEAX MT20 is a specially designed measuring system for conducting checks of the geometric status of machine tools quickly and with high accuracy. The instruments measure the geometry of the machine’s movements in a number of simple steps using the various applications that appear in the display unit. The measuring sensors in the MEAX system are precision instruments specially designed to provide high accuracy in a challenging measurement environment.
With MEAX, taking straightness and levelness measurements is simplified with STREVEL, the combined straightness and levelness measurement unique to MEAX. STREVEL allows you to check that the machine movements do not have any pitch and roll. Multiple sensors ensure that you can measure both the machine’s straightness and its angular deviation. The result of these measurements are displayed in both graphic and text form via the STREVEL software, and can easily be exported via USB.
MEAX SR and SM sensors allow for quick and accurate alignment measurement between the main spindle and the tool holder. The software gives the user step-by-step guidance through the entire measuring process. The software also has the capability to measure in four rotation positions and can calculate angular error and center deviation between the spindle and the tool holder. Also includes a live function that allows you to easily make adjustments to the tool holder.
Deviations in spindle alignment can impact the machined part, so it’s important that you can easily measure this. MEAX tools simplify this process and allow you to check spindle alignment via four measured points in two positions along the Z axis. Results are displayed in graphic form in two directions.
A squareness measurement can be taken by fitting the MEAX prism to the SR sensor. This is an easy, two-step process. First you measure the X axis, then the Z axis. The MEAX software will allow you to see any angle deviation directly and the customized fixture ensures easy mounting of the sensors.
The spindle parallelism measurement is used to determine the direction of rotational axis of a machine spindle relative to its own horizontal movement. Simply mount the SM unit in the machine spindle and the SR unit in the opposing spindle (or in the indexing fixture). Then rotate the SR sensor 180 degrees and move the machine axis in two positions.
The sensor display for the MEAX Position Sensors is an application you can use when you need to see the values from both sensors. You can zero the live values to measure the relative movement on a measuring object. It is also possible to halve the values in order to find out the center position of a rotating object. You can either see the displayed values live or record the readings and present a fixed value for a dedicated measurement point.
The temperature log feature allows users to view the machine’s temperature during measurement. Highest temperature, lowest temperature, and the difference between these are also shown. Information from the temperature log can be easily saved for future reference.
MEAX® SM/SR Measuring Sensors
MEAX® SR201 and SM201 serve as multifunctional sensors. They both have an integrated laser transmitter, a 2-axis PSD detector and a high-resolution inclinometer to record the angle of rotation. The sensors are used for a variety of types of measurements such as straightness, squareness, spindle direction, and coaxiality. The SR unit (marked R) is fitted to the part of the machine which forms a reference, and the SM sensor (marked M) is fitted to the machine axis that is to be measured.
MEAX® LM/LR Angle Sensors
MEAX® MT30 contains two twin axis measuring sensors for accurate angular measurement. Meax angle sensors have a unique design with wireless communication via Bluetooth and a rechargeable battery. It allows use of the machine even if the machine doors are closed, which is a prerequisite for working safely in the machine. Wireless communication also allows the option for the operator to bring the display unit to the location where the alignment is to be made when setting up the machine.
MEAX® DU is a robust display unit that has been specifically designed for use in a workshop environment where there are high demands on reliability and resistance to cutting fluids. Wireless communication with the sensors allows the operator to bring the display unit to the location where the alignment or leveling is to be performed. The DU with a wireless connection to the sensors allows measurements with the machine doors closed, a prerequisite to working safely.
When measuring squareness, use the SQ201 angle prism that is fitted to the SR sensor and angles the output laser beam at 90° with an accuracy within 0.005 mm/m. The angle prism has a built-in mechanical device that allows you to alter the direction of the laser beam at any time during the measurement process with a simple manual operation. As the SQ201 has small installation dimensions, this means that it can be installed in machines where there are short distances and where you want to maximise the distances between the measurement points. Its light weight minimises the risk of sag.