Köppel AG - Berneck
Hexagon Metrology and TIGO SF measuring machine Köppel AG in Berneck, Switzerland

From one machine to another

“The first time is always the hardest”. This phrase particularly rings true when you begin to use automated measuring technology. What you really need is a skilled partner and a measuring system that is easy to use. With Hexagon Metrology and the TIGO SF measuring machine, contract manufacturer Köppel AG, from Berneck, Switzerland, gets both.

For a company that has always performed measurements manually using height gauges, micrometers and so on, taking the step towards automated measuring technology is a pretty big deal. However, if you have a clearly formulated job profile (as was the case with Köppel AG), the acquisition process becomes far easier. “Our priorities were easy-to-use hardware and software, and being able to use the machine in production. As such, our approach was pretty much direct from (production) machine to (measuring) machine,” recalls managing director Marcel Köppel. Production should be able to continue during the measurement process and any necessary corrections be made once the measurement result becomes available. Additionally, the job shop was not interested in a “noname product” under any circumstances.

Comprehensive benchmark
During the acquisition process, Köppel AG conducted intensive investigations into products from three leading providers of measuring machine. Each provider was given the job requirement, including the brief to be able to “push a button, take measurements, get results”, and a sample part for measurements. Ultimately, it was Hexagon Metrology that offered the most appealing overall package in the form of the TIGO SF: “Its design for use in a workshop, the flexibility of the machine, fast delivery, a great price-performance ratio and ease of operation clearly spoke in favour of the TIGO SF. Hexagon Metrology also organised a visit to one of its clients, where the measurement technicians told us about their experiences with the machine – this touch reinforced our decision,” says Köppel.

The TIGO SF 3D coordinate measuring machine (CMM) is precise, compact – and specially developed for use in production. Its strengths are particularly evident over a wide range of small and medium workpieces from all kinds of industries where production requires the utmost accuracy. With a measurement range of 500 x 580 x 500 mm (X/Y/Z), it is the most precise production-environment CMM in its class. “But most of all, TIGO SF offers a new approach for using measuring machines in production: At the heart of this approach lies the operating concept of the PC-DMIS CAD software and the Operator Interface option. The graphical user interface is made up of easyto- understand graphical elements and commands, making it the ideal basis for intuitive measuring processes. The well-known PC-DMIS measuring software is also available for more challenging applications,” says Sandro Sorgon, Sales and Marketing Manager at Hexagon Metrology Switzerland.

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