HEIDENHAIN’s introduction of the MSE 1000 modular multiplexor at IMTS 2012 brought revolutionary multi-channel electronics to metrology applications. With the recent availability of the TTL, inductive and analog interface modules for the MSE, its true potential can now be reached, allowing connection for up to 250 devices and the acquisition of measured values via Ethernet, especially useful in production line measurement systems.
Oftentimes, many sensors are needed to measure certain dimensions such as the flatness of a large surface or the taper of a long part. Additionally, parts such as an engine block require a number of different style gauges to measure its critical features. The MSE allows for simple data acquisition in these cases by allowing the user to plug in nearly any type of gauge and collect all the data in one location.
In its basic configuration, the MSE 1000 consists of a power module and a basic communication module. After that, it can be customized as needed. Additional modules can be attached to allow for the connection of incremental and absolute linear encoders, rotary encoders, a wide variety of LVDTs, and analog inputs. I/O modules and compressed air modules are even available for closed loop, automated in process gauging. The modules are easily mounted on a standard DIN rail in an electrical cabinet out of the way of the production line.
MSEsetup is provided with every system to allow the user to configure and master all the connected channels. MSEsetup also has diagnostics for connected sensors and MSE modules and allows automatic data transfer to a PC via Excel for basic data collection. If the application calls for further integration, the DLL files are made available for custom programming.
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