This page is designed to provide an overview of a complete probe system. Additional information can be obtained from the product links below, and in the left menu.

The mechanical part of the probing system is available in four different arrangements to suit particular applications, CMM sizes and budgets. The styli or measuring tips are common to all systems:


Probe Summary | Probe Heads | Touching & Scanning Probes | Stylus Change Rack | Stylus Chart | Extensions


Two Piece System

The 5-way mechanical switching probe is built into the probe head. The compact design extends the Z-capacity of the CMM. Probe extensions, such as the M8 - PEL family can not be used. Standard extensions between the probe head and styli can be used. The lower cost makes it attractive for small machines or for simple parts on larger machines.

 
Fixed Head Manual Indexing Heads Motorized Indexing Head
TP-ES    
         

 
Three Piece System - M8 Thread Mount

The separate touch probe screws into the probe head via a M8 thread. This style allows the use of M8 - 13mm diameter probe extensions (PEL family) between the probe and the head to reach into deep parts,

The M8 thread mount is compatible with the standard TP2 and TP6 touch probes.

 
Fixed Head Manual Indexing Heads Motorized Indexing Head
PH6 PH1(1), MH8 PH10T PLUS
Note 1 - MH20 provides non-repeatable indexing.    
     

 
Three Piece System - TP20 Modules, Integral Kinematic Mount

The separate touch module attaches to the probe head via the integral kinematic stylus module mount. The use of this style allows changing of the stylus module, either manually or in conjunction with a stylus change rack, without the need to re-qualify.

This style allows the use of extended length modules to reach into deep parts, see example at right. Stylus modules mount to the probe head using a magnetic mount and can break away from the probe head which provides extended crash protection. The modules can be exchanged if damaged or worn. .

 
Fixed Head Manual Indexing Heads Auto-Indexing Head
  MH20(1),MH20i RTP20(2)
Note 1 - MH20 provides non-repeatable indexing.
Note 2 - The RTP20 is powered by the motors on the CMM.
   
     

 
Four Piece System - M8 Thread Mount, Stylus Change Module

The touch probe is a two piece design with a detachable stylus module. Facilitates the use of several pre-qualified styli. Modules can be changed manually or automatically using an optional stylus module change rack with DCC machines. Applies to TP-20 and TP-200 touch probes.

This style allows the use of M8 - 13mm diameter probe extensions (PEL family) between the probe and the head to reach into deep parts.

 
Fixed Head Manual Indexing Heads Motorized Indexing Head
PH1, PH6, MP100 PH1(1), MH8 PH10T PLUS
Note 1 - MH20 provides non-repeatable indexing.    
     

 
Three Piece System - PH20, Integral Kinematic Mount

The separate touch module attaches to the PH20 probe head via the integral kinematic stylus module mount. The use of this style allows changing of the stylus module, either manually or in conjunction with a stylus change rack, without the need to re-qualify.

This style allows the use of extended length modules to reach into deep parts, see example at right. Stylus modules mount to the probe head using a magnetic mount and can break away from the probe head which provides extended crash protection. The modules can be exchanged if damaged or worn.

 
Fixed Head Manual Indexing Heads Motorized Indexing Head
    RTP20, PH20
     

 
SP25 Compact Scanning Probe System

The SP25 scanning system is attached to the probe head through the use of an autojoint. Supports both scanning and touch-trigger operations through the use of the TP20 stylus modules.

The scanning system can utilize a variety of SM25 modules to extend the reach between 20 mm (0.78 in) to 400 mm (15.75 in). The probe system can be mounted on the PH10M PLUS motorized probe head. For a complete description of the SP25 probe system, click here.

Requires the use of the Renishaw UCC scanning controller.

 
Fixed Head Manual Indexing Heads Motorized Indexing Head
PH6M   PH10M PLUS