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Renishaw scales up precision product range

Renishaw has added another precision scale to its range of products.

The engineering technology company, based at Wotton-under Edge, has launched the latest addition to its RKL linear encoder scale family.

A company statement said: "The new RKLA substrate mastered encoder scale is designed to adopt the thermal behaviour of the underlying substrate. It is compatible with Renishaw's RESOLUTE absolute encoder series.

"RKLA substrate mastered encoder scale is a narrow, low cross-sectional area, stainless steel absolute tape scale with 6mm width and a thickness of just 0.1 mm (0.15 mm with adhesive)."

The company, which employs almost 5,000 worldwide, says the new scale is highly flexible and

extends the range of capabilities of Renishaw's encoder scales, allowing the customer to choose an appropriate thermal behaviour for their application.

Its narrow form factor enables installation in applications where space is limited.

Last month Renishaw dedicated much of its manufacturing sites in Gloucestershire and South Wales to produce components for ventilators to help the NHS as it tackles the coronavirus pandemic.

Director of group strategic development Marc Saunders said at the time: "When the Government called, we scrambled to respond, and immediately realised the daunting scale of the challenge.

"Ventilators are sophisticated medical devices and we felt that our capabilities would be best applied to helping scale up the production of designs with existing technologies."

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