MEAX MT30 is the ultimate machine tool, providing simplified checks of lathes and milling machines, as well as turning and machine center measurements.
The MEAX MT30 measuring system is an all-in-one machine tool measurement system. The instruments measure the geometry of the machine’s movements in a number of straightforward steps. The system’s precision and high accuracy are specially made to be used in a challenging measurement environment. As the ultimate machine tool, the MT30 also comes with the MEAX Level and the MEAX Pen, for added measurement applications.
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 vertical spindle alignment measurement is used to determine the direction of rotational axis of a machine in relation to vertical movement. The machine movement is used as a reference point, and the SR sensor can be easily mounted in the spindle and the SM sensor mounted in the moving part of the machine. You can then rotate the spindle 180 degrees while the machine slide with the SM sensor is moved in two positions. The results of these measurements are presented as a deviation angle in relation to the reference line in two directions.
The vertical coaxiality measurement allows you to determine the direction of rotational axis of a machine spindle in relation to the main spindle. Using the main spindle’s rotational axis as a reference, you can measure the rotational axis of other objects. The results are presented as an angle and an offset in two directions: square to the machine bed and parallel to it.
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 OL2R (offline to running) application, when combined with the OL2R brackets (sold separately), will deliver the most accurate reading of thermal growth available. The readings are used to set target values for the shaft alignment that will ensure that the shafts come into alignment once the machine has reached its running temperature.
The Sensor Display Level allows you to use the MEAX Level sensors for different applications. The program can be used with either one sensor (LM) or two sensors (LM and LR) connected to the display unit. You can then take levelling and roll and pitch measurements or measure an object’s angle towards a reference point. Measurement results can be downloaded or you can stream values to a data file.
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 sensor display program for the MEAX Pen can show the distance measurement values from both sensors. Displayed values can be shown live or readings can be recorded. The user has the option to zero the values, sample and display a single value, or record values to file. The values from the second pen can either be displayed separately or relative to the first pen.
The Max Min Pen program for the MEAX Pen Sensors allows users to measure runout on a machine spindle. The MEAX Pen sensor is mounted in the desired measurement direction–radial or axial–and values are continuously recorded during rotation of the spindle. The results can be saved and stored for further documentation.
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® Pen is a battery-powered measuring pen that connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to the Meax display unit or to a mobile device using an app. The measuring sensor can be used for operations like the measurement of machine spindles, movements/gaps in machine slides, measurement of repetition accuracy in fixtures or turning gaps in machine movements. The wireless transmission enables the sensor to be mounted in the machine where you can perform the measurements with the machine doors closed.
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.
Used for measuring squareness in vertical and horizontal mills and multi-operation machines. Fixture can be attached directly to the machine table, where the pointing direction can be set vertically or horizontally; can also be mounted in the machine spindle. SR sensor with angular prism is mounted in the fixture; micrometer screws allow for easy adjustment of laser. Rotation angle of the SR sensor is then calibrated to ensure that the angled laser beam is aligned with the other machine axis.
Used to measure parallelism between a rotating spindle and its own movement when the spindle is mounted on a machine axis. Fixture can be mounted in a variety of ways to be able to measure in machines with horizontal and/or vertical movements. Fixture consists of a hydraulic clamping chuck with four indexing positions, an attachment to the SM sensor and a mounting plate for fitting to the machine table.
The MEAX magnetic stand is used when the SM sensor cannot be mounted in a machine spindle, tool mount, or with any of the accompanying magnetic feet. The measuring stand has a flexible 3-conductor arm that can be locked sequentially with a lock handle. The SM sensor with shaft extension is mounted in the stand using a clamp bracket that allows you to adjust the rotational angle of the sensor.
Used for the installation of SR or SM sensor in spindles without chucks, or directly on the spindle nose. Can also be used with a hydraulic clamping chuck from the indexing fixture. Comes with magnets and extension rods.