Airfloat CMM Shuttle System
Application Spotlight: CMM Shuttle System -- Airfloat, at the request of a calibration laboratory, designed and built a custom air-bearing shuttle that docks with a pair of large tooling pallets. Once docked, the operator deploys pneumatic lifting beams to lift the 8,000-lb. pallet and test article a centimeter or two off the ground. Using the dual X- and Y-axis drives, the operator can literally drive the transporter in circles, around corners and other complex movement patterns. The calibration laboratory estimates the Airfloat shuttle system has reduced CMM cycle times by 50-70%. While one loaded pallet is in the CMM room being measured, the second one is unloaded/loaded in a staging area. When the measuring process is complete, the shuttle is used to swap the two tooling pallets, and the process is repeated.