When it comes to metrology grade rotary positioning, no company in the world has more experience than RPI. Indeed, their Quadrant range of rotary tables is based upon 70 years of heritage, with units being supplied for CMM integration since 1977.
If you’re not familiar with the Quadrant range, it is a series of rotary tables designed for integration with Coordinate Measurement Machines (CMMs), adding a fourth axis to those units (as well as being used as a fourth axis on other metrology systems, too). We’ve covered the benefits of using a rotary table with a CMM in a previous article (which you can read here).
It’ll probably come as no surprise to you to know that the Quadrant range is the default choice of a number of major CMM manufacturers worldwide and is increasingly popular as a retrofit option on many existing CMM installations.
CMM manufacturers, service companies and users are attracted in part because of the class leading performance of the units. For example, the ability to specify accuracy figures of less than an arc second means that there’s virtually no error contribution to the uncertainty budget of the CMM.
Another attractive feature though, is the sheer variety and flexibility in the Quadrant range. Tables can be supplied to function on a horizontal or vertical axis as well as tables that can be supplied to serve a payload of up to 5,000Kg (11,000lb).
One neat feature of the Quad Slimline is that it can be specified with an air flotation base, allowing you to move it out of the way when not in use amongst other purposes (you can read more about that here). What happens if you want the flexibility without needing to move the table, though? In that case, you need Quadmatic.
Quadmatic is designed specifically for permanent CMM integration by being installed into the granite table of the CMM. It sits flush to the surface, maximizing load space and providing valuable flexibility to a CMM. It’s the best of both worlds – fourth axis capability, without losing capacity and offering a seamless solution.
If you’d like to know more about it (or the Quadrant range in general), we’re always delighted to hear from you!