Scanning Developments

The man in the picture is Sir David McMurtry.

The man in the picture is Sir David McMurtry. He invented the touch-trigger probe that’s truly revolutionized coordinate measurement. He’s now come up with what has tremendous potential for those who measure: the Renscan5, an ultra-high-speed five-axis measurement system that deploys the REVO two-axis, infinite-positioning probe head, also shown. This head can scan at 500 mm per second—as compared with the conventional speed which is on the order of 20 mm/sec or less. The system is available from Renishaw (; Hoffman Estates, IL), the company that McMurty founded and of which he’s the chairman. The company has also developed a universal coordinate measuring machine (CMM) controller that permits the high-speed system to be deployed on many new or existing CMMs.