With more than 30 years experience of manufacturing metrology products, ELEY Metrology is the leading UK independent manufacturer of precision measuring equipment including coordinate measuring machines.
Using high precision manufacturing techniques, and constructed from hand lapped granite, ELEY CMMs are the only machines that do not require software ‘error mapping’.
Available in a standard measuring range of sizes from 500x400x400 up to 3000x1800x1200mm, these CMMs are capable of scanning with probe or laser head.
Larger sizes are available on request, and special designs can be produced, such as the groundbreaking LBM (Long Bore Measurement Machine). With its 2-metre long measuring arm, this Eley coordinate measuring machine is used by some of the world’s leading aerospace companies.
All our CMM’s are certified in our very own UKAS accredited lab to ISO 10360-2. We are very proud of the fact that we were the first CMM company in the world to attain ISO 10360.
Why Choose Eley Metrology Coordinate Measuring Machines
- Built with 100% hand lapped granite for ultimate stability and strength
- The x-axis is a granite wall or ‘riser’ that makes that axis ultra-stable
- On it is a V-Flat guideway as used by machine tool companies and renowned for producing the best accuracy as they sit on a triangular point
- X-axis ‘V-Flat’ guideway has air bearings on all four sides, thus fulfilling metrological principles
- Y-axis bridge is a twin beam; with the Z-axis spindle located centrally between them, and perfectly balanced, it is also mounted on three individual steel ball jacks, so it is ‘kinematically’ mounted and free from stress
- The Z-axis assembly floats on air bearings that are both on top and underneath the Y-axis bridge, to prevent ‘lifting’ it is also kinematically mounted on three ball jacks, so it is free from stress in the rest of the machine
- The Triangular spindle, with its ‘3-point’ location system, provides great benefits for accuracy and stability
- Machine covers made from anodised aluminium cover the whole of the axis, with ‘blinds’ for accessing the beam and scale. This maximises the protection for the scales etc
What is a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM)
A coordinate is a fixed point on a three-dimensional space. Using a series of points a coordinate measuring machine can be used to define the parameters of complex shapes with accuracy. A CMM can also create a repeating programme to ensure all parts are identical where needed.
A Coordinate Measuring Machine in More Detail
A coordinate measuring machine (CMM) is a state of the art device that is used for the measurement of the physical geometrical characteristics of an object by sensing discrete points of the surface with a probe.
The machines are either manually controlled or computer controlled. Eley Metrology CMMs are the only machines that do not require software ‘error mapping’. We use high precision manufacturing techniques that are constructed from hand lapped granite.
Different types of probes are available including mechanical, optical, white light and laser. A CMM will precisely record the X, Y and Z coordinates of an object so points are generated which can be analysed via regression algorithms for construction. This three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system can also allow the probe to record measurements of surfaces that are ordinarily unreachable.
A coordinate measuring machine is also used in the manufacturing and assembly process to test against design intent.
A CMM that has direct computer control can be programmed to measure identical parts in a repeating process and may be seen as a specialised type of industrial robot.
Our machines are available in a standard measuring range of sizes from 500x400x400 up to 3000x1800x1200mm and can scan with a probe or laser head. We can also produce special designs and larger sizes such as the groundbreaking LBM (long bore measurement machine). Our company is the first to have its coordinate measuring machines attain an ISO 10360. All Eley CMM’s are certified in our own UKAS accredited lab to ISO 10360-2.
Why Use a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM)?
A CMM will save you both time and money. More refined parts and complex designs are constantly being required, so a machine that can give precise and accurate measurements is becoming essential.
A coordinate measuring machine can give you accurate results in a short space of time without you having to take large parts away from the shop floor. You will no longer be dependent upon a dimensional lab
A portable CMM is particularly useful in industries such as aerospace and automotive as they take up very little space while offering extremely accurate readings on parts that can’t be moved.
Portable wireless CMM’s are also great for geometric surfaces and quality control as they can literally be taken anywhere.
What are the Benefits of Using a Coordinate Measuring Machine?
Your parts can be verified by CMM inspection. You can commission 3D inspections, tool certifications, CAD comparison, reverse engineer and dimensional analysis.
A CMM provides superior precision that is going to ensure your company is producing top quality products and parts.
How Coordinate Measuring Machines Work
Coordinate measuring machines vary in size, shape and functionality. Below we outline how a bridge or gantry CMM typically works.
The foundation is a heavy base plate or table that the object is placed on to be measured. We use 100% hand lapped granite for ultimate stability and strength. On top of this table, a mounted moveable bridge or gantry is attached. Vertical posts support a horizontal beam which has a suspended vertical column holding the measuring probe.
The X-axis (table) is a granite wall or ‘riser’ that make this axis ultra-stable. We use a V-Flat guideway with air bearings on all four sides for the best accuracy fulfilling metrological principals for defining the X-axis.
On the Y-axis is a twin beam with the Z-axis spindle located centrally between them. This will be perfectly balanced and mounted on three individual steel ball jacks to make it free from stress. The Z-axis assembly floats on air bearings that are on top and underneath the Y-axis bridge to prevent lifting and is kinematically mounted on three ball jacks to free it from stress.
The bridge or gantry move along the X axis, the vertical spindle moves along the bridge defining the Y-axis and the probe on the vertical column can move up and down which defines the Z-axis.
The probe that is suspended from the spindle then communicates its data with a computer which then interprets using specialised software to create a 3D map of the part.
A touch probe will make physical contact with the object which may not be suitable for all projects. If for example, you have highly sensitive materials or materials that may bow under the probe creating inaccurate readings, we would recommend using the laser probe.