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Renishaw to showcase advanced multi-laser technology for AM at IMTS



The company will also launch a novel powder handling solution in collaboration with LPW Technology at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS).
 
At the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), global engineering technologies company Renishaw will exhibit its additive manufacturing software and systems from a dedicated booth, in addition to its booth focused on metrology products. The company will showcase how it is advancing multi-laser technology to increase productivity in additive manufacturing at IMTS, which will be held from September 10-15, 2018 at McCormick Place (Chicago, USA). The company will also launch its new powder handling solution in collaboration with LPW Technology. 
 
Renishaw will exhibit the recently launched multi-laser system, RenAM 500Q, which can improve AM productivity by up to four times without increasing platform size. The system will bring the benefits of additive manufacturing to a wider range of components. With competitive market positioning, the system will reduce the cost per part whilst revised gas flow to manage emissions from four lasers improves process consistency and part quality. 
 
“Renishaw is helping companies to ramp up the production of their additive parts. The technology is moving towards a mainstream serialised production technique for industrial environments, by speeding up the process by up to four times, improving productivity and decreasing cost per part. The RenAM 500Q system also introduces intelligent gas flow technology to ensure the efficient removal of process emissions and extended filter life,” explained Stephen Anderson, Additive Manufacturing Business Manager at Renishaw Inc.
He added, “This is emphasised by our use of the RenAM 500Q to produce a core part of the system's optical system. We have the utmost confidence in additive manufacturing and are working together with our customers to increase part quality, understanding and consistency.”
 
Renishaw will also launch a new external powder silo option for its RenAM 500 family of additive manufacturing (AM) systems. As standard, Renishaw AM systems feature integrated automated powder handling systems which enable consistent process quality, minimise operator intervention time and ensure high standards of system safety. However, for some companies established working methods require the ability to 
handle batch-to-batch powder management. To meet this need, Renishaw has collaborated with LPW Technology, to integrate itsPowderTrace hopper as an option. The hopper, designed exclusively for AM metal powders, is an ideal solution for users who require batch control on the Renishaw RenAM platform. The PowderTrace hoppers have a capacity of 120 litres and feature the PowderEye monitoring system.
 
The UK-based Renishaw, one of the leading engineering technology companies, supplies products used for applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. It has over 4,500 employees located in the 35 countries where it has wholly owned subsidiary operations. 
 
For the year ended June 2017 Renishaw recorded sales of Pound 536.8 million of which 95 per cent was due to exports. The company’s largest markets are China, the USA, Japan and Germany.
 
Throughout its history Renishaw has made a significant commitment to research and development, with historically between 14 and 18 per cent of annual sales invested in R&D and engineering. The majority of this R&D and manufacturing of the company’s products is carried out in the UK. 
 
The Company’s success has been recognised with numerous international awards, including eighteen Queen’s Awards recognising achievements in technology, export and innovation.

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