How Renishaw Apply Innovation
Renishaw is one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare. The company supplies products and services used in applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. It is also a world leader in the field of additive manufacturing (also referred to as metal 3D printing), where it is the only UK business that designs and makes industrial machines which ‘print’ parts from metal powder.
Position and Motion Control
Renishaw offers a wide range of high speed, absolute and incremental, linear and rotary encoder systems to meet the diverse requirements of industrial automation.
A Brief History
Renishaw was established in 1973 by David McMurtry (now Sir David McMurtry), Executive Chairman, and John Deer, Deputy Chairman. The company’s first product, the touch-trigger probe, had been invented by Sir David to solve a specific inspection requirement for the Olympus engines used on the supersonic Concorde aircraft. This innovative product led to a revolution in three-dimensional co-ordinate measurement, enabling the accurate measurement of machined components and finished assemblies.
Throughout our history we have made a significant commitment to research and development with typically around 14% to 18% of annual sales invested in research and development and engineering. This has enabled the company to diversify into sensors for CNC machine tools which are used for automating machine setting operations and in-process part measurement, position encoders for accurate motion control, laser interferometry for machine performance evaluation, systems to produce dental crowns and bridges, Raman microscopes for spectral analysis of materials, gauging technology, additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping, laser measurement and surveying systems
and medical devices for neurosurgical applications.