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Automated Probe Calibration AutoClock

Create a strong and stable part machining platform.

We guarantee you can make perfect parts. Starting with AutoClock in your machine tool setup, all errors can be removed from your part machining processes - automatically, with no human intervention.

Accurate probe setup

If you want to fully automate your machine setup but you still have to manually set up and calibrate your probes, AutoClock is the solution. AutoClock is a patented device that stops human error affecting the accuracy of your probe calibration, and the quality of your parts.

Maximum accuracy, guaranteed.

No matter how much time and money you've invested in probing, you'll never achieve the level of accuracy or quality you expected – especially if you or your operators don’t fully understand the ripple effect of losing microns in your probe setup.

AutoClock delivers extremely accurate measurements, to within one micron, with highly repeatable results.

AutoClock tool render
AutoClock tool render

Trusted machine capability

Combining the accuracy of AutoClock with the power of NC-Checker, you can get a complete understanding of your machine’s performance and machining methodologies. You can carry out a full diagnostic of your machine’s capabilities in minutes, and analyse the effect this will ultimately have on your parts.

Spot the difference

Different machining methodologies can result in different part problems, even when cutting parts on the same machine. Running AutoClock alongside NC-Checker, you can assess the impact of these differences and automatically optimise your machine setup to ensure you create perfect parts, every time.

Power to your people

The accuracy of the AutoClock’s measurement results mean your team can have complete confidence in the machine setup. The fact it is automated means you can have complete confidence in the repeatability of your machining processes, and trust their impact on the quality of your parts.

Safety first

AutoClock is the only device that enables you to operate a completely closed-door machining environment when using probing as part of your process.

AutoClock is fully automated, so there is no reason for anyone to enter the machine volume. This makes it safer for your people, and better for your business.

Tool mockup

See AutoClock in action

Part process automation

At the moment, setting the machine's work offset accurately, or 'clocking in' the sphere, is a manual process carried out by someone using DTI equipment, feeler gauges or base masters. The accuracy of this process is totally dependent on the skill and care of the operator. It also takes time to ensure maximum accuracy.

Automated part process production lines that require high accuracy need regular recalibration of the probe to maintain that accuracy. Until now there has been no solution to this problem as the only methods have been manual.

AutoClock is the answer.

How does AutoClock work?

  • The AutoClock macro locates AutoClock's sphere in XYZ and then uses MSP's patented metrology to confirm that the location is accurate.

  • Throughout AutoClock's calibration process, the machine's work offset is reset to correct for any errors in the machine's kinematic setup.

  • The calibration sequence refines the work offset to within one or two microns of accuracy and is then repeated to confirm the result.

  • The full calibration sequence is designed to give you confidence that your probing system is set up for maximum accuracy and part quality.

What are the options?

There are two AutoClock solutions: standalone or fully automated.

Manual

The manual solution returns the AutoClock calibration results to a WiFi-enabled device and requires the operator to manually enter values into the machine controller to reset the work offset.

Fully automated

The fully automated solution automatically updates the calibration results to the controller, requiring no human intervention.

Dimensions

Compliance

AutoClock complies to all relevant European Directives. It is in conformity with the following relevant product safety standards:

EN 61326-1: 2013

EN 301489-1 V2.1.1

Draft EN 301489-17 V3.2.0

The Declaration of Conformity is included in the AutoClock User Guide which comes with the product.

Operating conditions

AutoClock is specified to operate under the following conditions:

Temperature range

Operating: 15 °C to 35 °C (59 °F to 95 °F).

Storage: -25 °C to 70 °C (-13 °F to 158 °F)

Max movement

200mm/m

Battery

Rechargeable batteries are an option, but will have a lower lifespan.

Please dispose of batteries in accordance relevant regulations for yourlocation and industry.

What’s included in the AutoClock package?

1
Standalone

The manual package will give you:

AutoClock device: a high-quality product, built to withstand the pressures of a machine-tool environment.

AutoClock macros: a suite of pre-built macros for standard controllers.

Macro Configurator: a tool that will help you configure the AutoClock macro for use on your specific machines.

Quickstart Guide: to get you started with using the AutoClock.

AutoClock User Guide: with full technical, troubleshooting and compliance information.

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Automation Add-on

The fully automated package is an add-on to the standalone package and will give you:

Automation Software: an application that will integrate seamlessly with your machine tool.

Automation macros: a suite of pre-built macros, modified for automation.

Ethernet cable: to connect the machine to a PC or the Controller Interface Box.

Optional Controller Interface Box: for where a connected PC is not available.

Optional MSP install: we can send our Application Engineers to set up AutoClock and train your team.

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