Renishaw wins 16th Queen’s Award for measurement system

Posted on 23 Apr 2013

Engineering technologies company Renishaw has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2013 in the Innovations category for its REVO® five-axis scanning system.

It is the Gloucestershire-based metrology company’s sixteenth Queen’s Award since its formation in 1973, and its seventh in 10-years.

The REVO is used on co-ordinate measuring machines to improve accuracy and throughput when inspecting complex parts such as aeroengine blades, automotive cylinder blocks and many types of gears.

Sir David McMurtry, Renishaw’s chairman and chief executive, said, “REVO is one of the most technically complex products that we have ever developed and it has been a game changer for the measurement sector. While it has already won numerous awards, to receive a Queen’s Award for innovation is very special as they continue to be regarded as the UK’s most prestigious awards for recognising commercial and technological success.”

Sir David thanked and credited the team across the Renishaw Group who were behind development of REVO, adding it had “become the measurement system of choice for many of the world’s leading manufacturers in automotive and aerospace.”

The REVO is a scanning system for CMMs, the only one that simultaneously controls the motion of three machine and two head axes whilst collecting workpiece data using a range of 2D, 3D and surface roughness measurement probes.

Its novel design incorporates laser measurement and electrical signal transmission technology for precise workpiece measurement at extremely high rates of data capture. The five-axis control system removes most of the unwanted dynamic errors associated with machine movement because the measuring head performs most of the work.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are given each year by Her Majesty The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an Advisory Committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions.