Machine Tool Calibration
Our Machine Tool Services
For nine years, our expert services team has calibrated hundreds of machine tools for customers around the world. The industries and applications are varied with differing environments, accuracy requirements, space limitations and time constraints. Many customers have their machines calibrated every six months to one year, or after maintenance.
API service technicians are experts in standard laser alignment. We manufacturer our own laser equipment, so we know it works. We also provide volumetric compensations that ensure the best achievable accuracy throughout the machines entire workspace. Our personnel are not only proficient in laser alignment and calibration, but they are also experts with the machine controllers. API provides solutions to partners Siemens, Fanuc, Fagor and others.
Machine Tool Services
API’s Machine Tool Health Services is the all-in-one solution for your company. This small investment can keep machines in service long beyond their expected lifecycle, providing substantial returns and the trust of your customer. API offers the most economical and efficient machine tool repair solutions available.
Machine Tool Repair
We understand the importance of repairing operating equipment as quickly as possible. API’s expert field technicians can efficiently restore your machine to it’s original operating condition.
Machine Tool Calibration
Avoid lost time & money in machine tool repairs by utilizing our machine calibration services. The wear & tear machines go through is inevitable, but our services will extend the operating life of your machine by years.
Machine Tool Diagnostics
Our services can provide machine tool health report to ensure your equipment is performing at it’s best. Don’t get blindsided by CNC and CMM breakdowns and repairs.
Machine Tool Inspection
Our staff has years of experience in diagnosing, troubleshooting, and inspecting machines in a variety of industries. If you’re unsure if you operating equipment needs calibrating or repairing, our experts can determine the best solution for you.
Volumetric Machine Tool Calibration
API’s approach to the volumetric calibration solution consists of a precision laser tracker with interferometry capability. The interferometer feature of the laser tracker is the same technology traditional laser systems used for years to successfully calibrate machine tools. Coupling the interferometry technology with a laser tracker offers the added capability to track the machine’s tool-tip location through extensive axial movements throughout the entire volume of the machine.
Using the laser tracker and active target, the VEC method measures all 21 error parameters for 200–400 points within the machine’s working volume with all possible machine poses, even with the rotary axis. Each point becomes an accurate reflection of the machine’s kinematic errors. A complex algorithm is used to decouple error sources and build an extremely accurate volumetric map. Error compensation is done by adding the compensation from the entire measured axis to get the best tool-tip position.
Besides the measuring system, the API solution also includes a sophisticated proprietary calibration software that uses a polynomial equation-based, kinematic model of the machine to map errors throughout the volume. To compensate the machine in real time, the software resides on the machine’s controller or on an industrial computer that directly interfaces with the controller and machine tool.
In summary, the software uses the measurements from the laser tracker and active target and develops compensation values to drastically reduce machine errors. Once the machine is put back in production, the software runs in the background, monitors the programmed tool path, and applies for real-time compensations automatically to the tool tip. Typical machine improvements are 4 – 5
Machine Tool Alignment
We’ll help you assure your customers that the products you produce will always meet their specifications. Our machine tool laser alignment service will help maximize the accuracy of your machine tool and certifies that products it produces meet the specifications you have specified in your set up.
- Laser Alignment
- Ball Bar Analysis
- Spindle Analysis
- Machine Leveling
- Baseline Analysis and Reporting
- Digital Readouts (data and graphs)
Laser Alignment for Machine Tools
Using laser alignment you can keep your machine tools in good working order by ensuring proper alignment. The value of this small investment cannot be overstated. Machine tools lacking proper alignment and pitch error compensation are not fully productive. Over time, these errors become magnified in faulty machine operation and substandard parts. API Services offers the most economical and efficient laser alignment solutions for your machine tool. API Services recommends a baseline reading of alignment for all service work and regular checks and adjustment as part of any ongoing preventive maintenance program. Recalibration, including a review of machine alignment, is also critical following any machine repair.