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Digital Optical Comparator

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 8:00am
MDT Staff


Industry's First Digital Optical Comparator Now Provides 5-Axis Inspection & Measurement - Ideal for Aerospace Manufacturing & More.

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative machine tools, automation, and machine tool accessories has introduced the new VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator 700 Series developed by VISIONx Inc., featuring 5-Axis inspection to efficiently view parts from all sides and angles.

"The 700 Series is ideal for the automatic inspection of parts with complex geometries found in aerospace and other industries where parts can be challenging to manufacture," said Mr. Steve Bond, National Sales Manager, Methods Machine Tools, Inc.  The 5-Axes of motion (X,Y, Z, Rotary, Tilt) enables quick, accurate inspection of all sides and angles on the part.  Extremely powerful "adaptive" software locates features of interest on different surfaces with varying reflectivity and viewing angles. The 700 Series is very useful in checking  EDM or laser drilled holes, found in aerospace or power-gen turbine components, for example. For both round and shaped holes, the VisionGauge 700 Series automatically verifies precise hole presence and accurately measures hole location.

The VisionGauge 700 Series is available in a high resolution 20x magnification and features a 38 in. diagonal image viewing area. Travels of 12 in. are standard on the X, Y, Z-Axes. An ultra-bright all-LED illumination offers stable, repeatable multi-angle and multi-quadrant illumination conditions via a programmable, computer-controlled system. The system comes with very flexible and general-purpose reflected illumination.

Featuring fully-automated operation to remove operator-to-operator variation, VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparators are fast, accurate and easy-to-use. The systems also feature CAD Auto-Align and CAD Auto Pass / Fail tools. The Auto-Align tool automatically aligns CAD data to the part in less than two seconds, producing repeatable and accurate results that are completely operator-independent. The VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator's powerful Auto Pass/Fail tool automatically determines, very accurately and in real-time, if a part is within tolerance. The Auto Pass/Fail tool can be point-based or can consider complete geometric entities and can perform both simultaneously, on the same part.


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