Renishaw’s Updated QC20 Ballbar System Features Latest Bluetooth Technology to Improve Machine Tool Diagnostics

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UK, Jan 31, 2022 – Building on the success of Renishaw’s QC20-W ballbar system, the new replacement QC20 ballbar has been carefully designed to meet the needs of the modern machine shop.

QC20 ballbar test performed on a lathe

The quickest, easiest, and most effective way to monitor machine tool performance has been improved with the QC20 ballbar. The updated QC20 ballbar is fully compatible with existing QC20-W programs and processes enabling users to easily maintain and maximize their ballbar measurements.

Featuring the latest Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, the QC20 ballbar rapidly forms a robust wireless connection with the PC. Further advantages of the enhanced Bluetooth technology are superior power efficiency and a substantially longer battery life when using QC20 ballbar.

QC20 ballbar volumetric test

Ballbar testing provides a simple, rapid check of a CNC machine tool’s positioning performance to recognised international standards. This allows users to benchmark and track the performance of their machines, and to quickly diagnose problems that may require maintenance and the error sources that produce them.

QC20 ballbar 50 mm radius test performed on a lathe

From now, the QC20 ballbar replaces QC20-W ballbar in all countries except for China, Brazil, Russia and Mexico which will be available in the coming months. Please contact your local representative for information about availability in your area.

About Renishaw

Renishaw is a world leading engineering technologies company, supplying products used for applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. It has over 4,500 employees located in the 37 countries where it has wholly owned subsidiary operations.

For the year ended June 2021 Renishaw recorded sales of £565.6 million. The Company’s largest markets are the USA, China, Japan, and Germany.

Throughout its history Renishaw has made a significant commitment to research and development, with historically between 13 and 18% of annual sales invested in R&D and engineering. The majority of this R&D and manufacturing of the Company’s products is carried out in the UK.

The Company’s success has been recognized with numerous international awards, including eighteen Queen’s Awards recognizing achievements in technology, export, and innovation. For more information, visit www.renishaw.com.