– Mahr Inc. today announced the launch of MarWin Millimar Cockpit Software and Millimar N 1700 Modules, an interactive new MarWin-based gaging software and modular-based gaging system that allow users to configure and implement simple to complex gaging solutions quickly and cost effectively. The system is designed to meet the ID, OD, length and simulated form measurement needs of today's manufacturing environment where speed to implementation, long- or short-runs or quick changeovers are becoming the industry standard. Both offerings provide the features of a dedicated bench or gaging computer system in a flexible and versatile set of tools that are combined to provide speed and accuracy for a custom or dedicated gaging solution.
“The Cockpit Software and N 1700 Modules fulfill a need for multiple input gaging applications,” said George Schuetz, Mahr Inc. director of Precision Gages. “These systems deliver another dimension to the gaging paradigm with a simple but powerful Windows-based gaging program and a full set of gaging modules that customers can configure for their specific measurement application.”
What makes Mahr Inc.’s system different than expensive hardware-based gaging packages or powerful gaging/SPC/controller computer-based solutions is that the software is already set up and configured by on-screen measurement icons, so users are not required to have specialized programming knowledge. The various input modules are stackable plug-and-play devices which are immediately recognized and implemented, so creating the measuring solution can be completed in minutes versus hours.
Millimar gaging modules also allow multi-gage measuring devices to be designed and assembled for the widest possible range of applications. Modules are available for high-performance LVDT and/or air applications along with I/O modules for basic controlling functions set through the Cockpit Software. A USB module ties all the modules back to the computer's USB port with a simple one-wire connection. Since they are stackable, they can easily be purchased for one application and reconfigured in the future for other applications.
The systems are robust enough to withstand demanding shop-floor environments and offer a number of economic benefits. Customers save on the initial investment since only the appropriate amount of gaging is purchased, and there is manufacturing flexibility because modules used in the gage can be reconfigured for a different type of workpiece. The user-configurable Cockpit software reduces development and implementation and can provide a different display readout according to the measuring task.
MarWin Cockpit software is offered as a stand-alone platform to complement a customer’s existing gage solution or can be paired with Mahr's new C 1700 PC, a powerful 10" touch screen display that allows users to view the gaging results from their measuring station.
When high-performance electronic gaging is required, Mahr Modular systems offer the flexibility of selecting input and computation options, including creating multiple inputs from different sensors, sequenced measuring cycles, selecting tolerances, dimensional classes, and the use of the I/O for controlling external functions. Measurement results are then available to be stored in MS Excel or qs-Stat programs.