GapGun EDGE Break +
The revolutionary and cutting edge GapGun Edge Break+ system finally brings precision chamfer and radius inspection to the shop floor. Edge Break inspection is a critical area of turbine manufacture. Sharp edges must be smoothed down to radii or chamfers of precise dimensions to ensure the correct and safe operation of components within a turbine. It is critical to ensure that there is no undue stress during operation that might reduce the working life of a component. It is also a complex and difficult area to inspect. Historically, bespoke contact measurement systems have been slow and cumbersome, with the only shop floor alternative being imprecise manual gauges which rely on an operator’s judgment rather than measured values, preventing any kind of traceability.
Using optical measurement techniques and laser triangulation, GapGun Edge Break+ can measure an edge feature on bright machined surfaces to accuracies as great as 10μ/0.0004” in as little as 2 seconds! Inspection processes that have previously taken hours or even days can now be completed in a matter of minutes to repeatable high accuracy, finally empowering operators on the shop floor to make decisions based on reliable dimensional data. Every measurement head is uniquely identifiable and supplied with a traceable calibration certificate along with a UKAS certified calibration artefact, ensuring you can be confident that every measurement you take is accurate.
Based on the industry proven GapGun 3, Edge Break+ is fast, yet accurate, robust, yet ergonomic. Furthermore, with over 10 years of continual development and hundreds of installations worldwide, GapGun systems are an industry recognized shop floor standard. GapGun Edge Break+ is an optical measurement system that uses a uniquely configured laser stripe as a datum measurement surface. Cutting edge software analyses the image data of the surface and checks the measured profile against dynamically created CAD data, showing the operator exactly how the part compares to nominal dimensions and warning when parts enter a “no go” condition.
The profile of the surface, along with the upper and lower allowable profiles are shown on the GapGun Edge Break+’s large, colour touch screen providing instant feedback and allowing decisions to be made with confidence faster than ever before. Ergonomics can be further improved with a range of customization options to ensure the installed solution closely matches your requirements. Not only can standoffs be customized to suit your measured product, but the modular design that is central to all GapGun products means that measurement heads are interchangeable and remotely operable.