Inspection Arsenal from Phillips Precision is a lean quick-swap fixture system designed to enhance the value of Fowler's new zCAT portable DCC CMM.
New for the zCAT, a custom base was designed with four locations that accept Loc-N-Load quick-swap fixture plates. Two bundled configurations are available that include 6" x 6" and 6" x 12" fixture plates, a specially designed removable qualifying ball plate and a versatile angle plate. Also included is a workholding kit versatile enough to hold most any part.
"The Loc-N-Load fixture system enhances the easy `teach and repeat' mode that sets the zCAT apart," said a company spokesperson. "Once programmed, the zCAT takes over, ensuring precise, repeatable results as many times as necessary." By fixturing on quick-swap plates, inspectors can change parts without building and breaking down set-ups. Several unique parts can be set up or multiples of the same part fixtured and programs repeated. Affordable plates can be dedicated and kept with the job box for fast, repeatable set-ups.
"These two products offer similar benefits," said the spokesperson. "They are an affordable solution for companies just starting out with automated inspection or for those wanting to complement existing CMMs. Both Inspection Arsenal and zCat help to break inspection bottlenecks with a short learning curve and by speeding inspections on the shop floor - inspections that can be conducted by anyone." Inspection Arsenal also offers companies an opportunity to standardize across all CMMs with its full line of interlocking fixture plates and non-marring workholding.
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