Industry 4.0, among other factors, concerns gaining more information about the quality of each individual machining step and each quality inspection step. HEIDENHAIN ACANTO length gauges provide realistically analyzable information about the measurements. This is made possible with the bidirectional EnDat 2.2 interface. In addition to providing the position value, the interface also provides further information about the length gauge:
The subsequent electronics can independently configure the measuring step with the transmitted information. The EnDat 2.2. interface also enables the retransfer of information to the length gauge.
Two company departments directly benefit from this added value:
The valuation numbers are recalculated upon interrogation. The length gauge can thereby detect when a light source is aging or contaminated, for example. The additional information can be provided by all HEIDENHAIN evaluation electronics, and supplementary software or hardware modules are not needed. The following evaluation units are available for the purpose:
These evaluation electronics support the EnDat 2.2 interface and ensure all applications benefit from this diagnosis functionality.
The absolute scanning of HEIDENHAIN ACANTO length gauges immediately delivers a measured value without the need for a reference run. The length gauges with a measuring range of 12 mm or 30 mm repeatedly measure a new absolute value. Measuring errors from excessive plunger speeds, caused by bounce for example, belong to the past. Today’s HEIDENHAIN ACANTO length gauges are equipped now for future requirements. Evaluating the quality of measurements and the status information of the device provides added value for various departments in the company and helps to design production with greater efficiency.