Announcing the Super-Extended Travel Configuration 500 Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator

 

The new VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator 500 Series Super-Extended-Travel Configuration is designed to inspect large and heavy parts while still delivering performance, reliability, and high-accuracy measurements. These systems have up to 60” of travel and support loads of up to 300 lbs!

This innovative configuration is designed to provide optimal rigidity and eliminate any mechanical deflections. Everything is optimized to allow the system to produce very accurate measurements of long and heavy parts.

 

500 Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator - Super-Extended Travel Configuration

The Super-Extended Travel Configuration is powerful and widely-applicable. In particular, the Industrial Gas Turbine (IGT) / Power Generation industry greatly benefits from the use of this system for inspection of fir trees / root forms on buckets.

Super-Extended Travel 500 Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator inspecting fir tree / root forms on buckets
Fir Tree / Root Form Inspection with the Super-Extended Travel 500 Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator

Download the data sheet, visit the product page, and contact us for more information.

 

Super-Extended Travel Configurations

Fir Tree Auto-Pass/Fail Inspection

The Super-Extended Travel Configuration 500 Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator is a precision system designed specifically to inspect and measure big and heavy parts. They have up to 60” of travel and support loads of up to 300 lbs!

Parts are set on the system’s X-Axis stage, which is built using precision rails and is set on a floor-mounted granite base. The camera is mounted on the Z-axis and the entire assembly, along with the front and back illumination, move up and down on the Y-Axis. In this way, the Y and Z axes are completely disconnected from the rugged granite-base-mounted X-axis that supports all of the part’s weight. The axes have 0.25µm resolution encoders for high-accuracy positional feedback.

This innovative configuration is designed to provide optimal rigidity and eliminate any mechanical deflections. Everything is optimized to allow the system to produce very accurate measurements of long and heavy parts.

500 Series Super-Extended Travel Configuration Advantages

The system provides all of the advantages of the 500 Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator and includes additional benefits that make it stand out from the competition:

  • Fully-automated: no operator-dependent variation!
  • Fast and accurate performance delivering very high throughput
  • Extremely easy-to-use for operators and programmers: Little or no programming, i.e. “I’ve got a part, I’ve got a CAD file, and I’ve got a minute”
  • Features VisionGauge’s patented CAD Auto-Align™ & CAD Auto Pass/Fail™ tools
  • Automatically computes and displays a part’s deviation from nominal and compare it to bi-directional tolerances
  • Produces a beautiful and very high-resolution, high-contrast image with very sharp edge profiles. You can see very fine details very clearly
  • Works directly with CAD data so no templates or overlays are necessary – compare a part to its CAD file beyond the optical field of view (because the CAD data tracks the part and follows the stage motion)
  • Very robust and shop-floor-ready
  • Has all-LED illumination (for very stable & repeatable illumination conditions, very stable & repeatable results, low heat, low power consumption and no bulbs to change)
  • Can collect full inspection & measurement data and automatically create reports including digital images & records with the CAD overlay and the deviations from nominal, measurements, statistics, etc…

The system is powerful and widely-applicable – capable of solving a vast number of applications across many industries. In particular, the Industrial Gas Turbine (IGT) / Power Generation industry greatly benefits from the use of this system for inspection of fir trees / root forms on buckets.

Super-Extended Travel 500 Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator inspecting fir tree / root forms on buckets
Fir Tree / Root Form Inspection with the Super-Extended Travel 500 Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator

Features

The VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator 500 Series Super-Extended-Travel Configuration is designed to inspect large and heavy parts with performance, reliability, and high-accuracy in mind.

  • 60″ of travel for large parts, supporting up to 300 lb loads
  • Precision components designed for optimal stability and performance for heavy parts across the entire range of travel
  • 0.25µm resolution encoders provide high-accuracy positional feedback
  • Includes VisionGauge®’s advanced measurement and inspection toolset to carry out fully-automated measurements, including proprietary software tools for direct CAD-to-Part comparison
  • With the system’s large depth of focus, “everything is in focus at once”, and the large field-of-view means you can see more of the part at once.
  • The long working distance gives more clearance between the part & the lens
  • Power-Focus and Auto-Focus keep part edges crisp for very accurate measurements
  • Super-high resolution monitor allows you to see all the details of the image at once
  • Extremely easy to use software interface
  • Automated image/data collection and a wide array of reporting and data exchange features
500 Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator - Super-Extended Travel Configuration

Contact us with your requirements for more information on how the VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator 500 Series Super-Extended-Travel Configuration is suited to solve your application.

Custom Workholding and Fixtures

As part of a complete solution, we can design & manufacture custom workholding and fixtures, compatible with our systems and perfectly adapted to meet the requirements of your application.

Over the years, we’ve supplied a number of adapted precision pneumatic, vacuum and manually-operated fixtures to successfully solve applications with various types of parts.

A customized workholding developed to complete a VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator application

Please contact us with your applications for additional information including detailed spec sheets, a “Frequently Asked Questions” document, pricing, etc…

VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparators Custom Workholding and Fixtures Options

Introducing VisionGauge®’s new Patent Pending “Tooth Checker™” tool

 

We’re happy to introduce VisionGauge®’s Patent Pending “Tooth Checker™” tool, specially adapted to check parts with teeth. This innovative new tool automatically locates, to very high accuracy, the crests and / or roots of the teeth and determines if they are within their tolerance band. It can also determine all other part characteristics, such as tooth pitch, thread depth, major & minor diameters, etc…

Bone screw teeth verification with the VisionGauge® “Tooth Checker™” tool
Bone screw teeth verification with the VisionGauge® “Tooth Checker™” tool

The Tooth Checker tool can verify that either crests, roots, or both, are in tolerance, using these crest & root points that the Tooth Checker tool has found, it can then automatically determine all other part characteristics:

VisionGauge Tooth Checker Nomenclature
Automatically check all part characteristics

This powerful new tool is perfect for quickly and accurately checking:

  • bone screws,
  • medical rasps,
  • gears,
  • fluted instruments,
  • threads & fittings,
  • and much more!

 

 

Click to view more information about the VisionGauge® Tooth Checker™, or download the application note.

 

Announcing the VisionGauge® Disk Inspection and Measurement System

 

The VisionGauge® Disk Inspection & Measurement System is the the ideal solution for automated, high-accuracy inspection & measurement of slots in turbine disks, both large & small. The system’s patented CAD Auto-Align™ & CAD Auto-Pass/Fail™ tools allow you to automatically check the slot profile, get deviations from nominal, etc…

 

VisionGauge Disk Inspection and Measurement System

 

Download the data sheet and contact us for more information.

 

VisionGauge® Disk Inspection and Measurement Systems

Fir trees with variable tolerances during turbine blade inspection
Variable tolerances support is ideal for turbine disk fir trees
VisionGauge®'s Roll Pin distance measurement tool
Measure roll-pin distance, slot spacing, etc…

Technical Specifications may be found in the downloadable data sheet.

VisionGauge® Disk Inspection and Measurement Systems

New 5X configuration for 300-Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator

 

We’re pleased to announce the new 5X configuration of our 300 Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical
Comparator
.

 

VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator 300 Series / Field-of-View Systems 5x configuration.

The 300 Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparators are extremely cost effective Field-of-View
Systems that are ideal to inspect and measure smaller parts, very quickly. And the new 5X
configuration provides a wider field-of-view and a larger depth-of-field that extends the range of parts
that can be checked using the 300 series
. Specifically, the new 5X 300 Series machine can
accommodate parts up to 6.4” (diagonal, i.e. 5.5” horizontal x 3.3” vertical) and up to 4” in height. The
new 5X 300 Series VisionGauge® also has a very long working distance that provides 15” of
clearance between the part and the lens.

 

Like all of the other 300 Series machines, it has very high-resolution optics that produce a very
geometrically accurate image and it also includes three independent light sources that are all LED based
and computer-controlled: transmitted (i.e. back) illumination as well as both on- and off-axis
reflected (i.e. front) illumination. This allows the system to produce crisp, sharp edges and perform
beautifully even when working with hard-to-image materials (for example: shiny, reflective or even
translucent surfaces) and difficult geometries (such as deep holes).

 

The VisionGauge® 300 Series machines produce a stunning super-high resolution image to carry out
fine, detailed inspections. And the system’s crisp & clear image is displayed on a single super-high resolution
monitor.

 

The 300 Series include all of the powerful VisionGauge® tools, including our patented CAD Auto-
Align™ and CAD Auto-Pass/Fail™ tools, for very fast automatic and operator-independent
comparison of parts to their CAD file, as well as VisionGauge’s® broad measurement toolset.

 

And because they are field-of-view machines and no motion is involved, the 300 Series
VisionGauge® systems are extremely fast. They can carry out hundreds of inspections and
measurements seconds after you’ve put the part down on the system. They can also accommodate
multiple parts at once.

 

All 300 Series systems have an intuitive software interface and are extremely easy to use. They can
be setup to be operated using the system’s barcode reader and joystick. They have built-in SPC
capability with charting & graphing and can automatically collect images and data. They also have
extensive data exchange capabilities.

 

The 300 Series VisionGauge® systems have a convenient desktop configuration, no moving parts
and no consumable parts. They provide many years of reliable service with minimal maintenance.
They are perfect for both the shop environment and the quality control lab. They are complete, ready-to-
run Windows-based solutions that are delivered network-ready and include on-site installation,
NIST-traceable calibration & training.

 

This information is available for download in .pdf format: 5X 300 Series VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator Machine Announcement

 

Announcing the VisionGauge® Standalone Inspection & Measurement System

 

The VisionGauge® Standalone Inspection & Measurement System is the perfect drop-in solution for automated cells and automation applications requiring high-accuracy inspection. The system is widely-applicable and extremely general-purpose. All of VisionGauge®’s advanced inspection and measurement capabilities are available, including our CAD Auto-Align™ and CAD Auto-Pass/Fail™ tools.

 

The system includes a high-resolution optics with a large depth-of-field and a long working distance. It can be mounted in any orientation.

The VisionGauge® Standalone Inspection and Measurement System includes an inspection area connected to a remote workstation controlling the software and user-interface.
The VisionGauge® Standalone Inspection and Measurement System includes an inspection area connected to a remote workstation controlling the software and user-interface.

VisionGauge® OnLine’s Remote Program Communications feature is also included, making it easy to interface with a robot or other part-positioning equipment. The software possesses extensive communication capabilities (e.g. TCP/IP communication via Ethernet, digital I/O’s, etc…) to issue commands, load programs, retrieve results, process errors and messages, etc.

 

Download the data sheet and contact us for more information.

 

VisionGauge® Standalone Inspection & Measurement System

The VisionGauge Standalone Inspection and Measurement
The VisionGauge® Standalone Inspection and Measurement System’s main unit can be installed in any orientation: horizontally, vertically, upside-down… however best suits the space in your automation cell.

The VisionGauge® Standalone Inspection & Measurement System is a high-accuracy measurement system designed specifically for automation applications. The system is widely-applicable and extremely general purpose, and it can be easily dropped into an existing automated cell.

Our VisionGauge® OnLine software includes Remote Program Communication, an extensive set of communication protocols over a variety of interfaces (via TCP/IP over ethernet, digital I/O’s, COM port, etc.) for full 2-way handshaking (with a robot or cell controller, for example), error/result reporting, and remote control over automated program operations.

The VisionGauge® Standalone Inspection & Measurement System includes all of VisionGauge®’s advanced inspection and measurement tools, including our patented CAD Auto-Align, CAD Auto Pass/Fail, and the patent-pending Tooth Checker tool, making it perfect for automatically carrying out very high-accuracy inspections and measurements.

The mobile cabinet containing controls, user interface and I/O connections for the system
Remote cabinet with controls, user interface & I/O connections

Advantages of VisionGauge® Standalone Inspection & Measurement Systems

In addition to its versatility, the VisionGauge® Standalone Inspection and Measurement System has many benefits compared to existing technology. Our adaptable software intelligence in automation means there is less reliance on operators and more focus on software and tools. This model combines advanced software and precision optics to offer greater speed, accuracy, and efficiency compared to older measurement devices.

Additional advantages of using our video inspection measurement systems and equipment include:

  • Access to VisionGauge®’s full imaging, inspection, and measurement toolset
  • Ready to integrate into any existing process
  • Fully-automated programs with multiple options for error/result/status reporting (Digital I/O signals, TCP/IP commands, etc.)
  • Eliminates variations between operators
  • Automatic electronic documentation of all inspection results
  • Save floor space
  • Compatible with existing part-positioning equipment, robotic components, and automated cells over a variety of interfaces
  • Intuitive, user-friendly interface
  • Exclusive, proprietary software and tools and world-class Application and Technical Support

 Overview Video:

Additional Features

The benefits of using a VisionGauge® system are evident in its state-of-the-art inspection and measurement features – particularly its intuitive image analysis technology and sub-pixel accuracy. Our video measuring equipment has features that make it one of the best quality control solutions for a wide variety of industries. Medical device manufacturing, military & defense, aerospace, automobile manufacturers, and many more can use this system to improve daily operations.

The VisionGauge® Standalone Inspection and Measurement System’s features include:

  • High-resolution optics and imaging
  • Configurable in any orientation for easy integration
  • 3 different types of LED illumination
    • Transmitted back illumination
    • Reflected off-axis illumination
    • Reflected coaxial illumination
  • Exclusive patented VisionGauge® software and tools like CAD Auto-Align™ and CAD AutoPass/Fail™
  • Greater depth of field for better focus
  • Long working distance
  • 10x or 20x magnification
  • High-contrast, high-quality images
  • Easy communication with automated cells with full two-way handshaking over a variety of interfaces
  • Data collection and exchange capabilities including Pass/Fail, data manipulation, charting, and statistics
  • and much more…

Technical Specifications may be found in the downloadable data sheet.

What Is a Video Inspection Measurement System?

A computerized video measuring system inspects live images of manufactured parts, often using a computer-aided design (CAD) file as a reference. Older systems may have required extra physical components like templates and overlays. Using digitized CAD data directly eliminates the need for those resources. When comparing a part to its design specifications, performing measurements, performing defect detection, etc., the system collects data and may generate a Pass/Fail result. Manufacturers use that information to conduct quality control processes.

Controlling the quality of the parts you produce is crucial. Modern measurement devices are faster, more powerful, and more accurate than traditional models. The efficiency and reduction of operator errors associated with using modern video inspection equipment outweigh the cost of a video measuring system.

The VisionGauge® Standalone Inspection and Measurement System is a versatile solution for your automation and inspection needs. Precise and convenient, the standalone model serves as a drop-in device for robot-controlled, automated cells. Combined with ease of installation, this system can solve a vast array of of applications and works well for general purpose inspections.

Contact Us for More Information

Video measuring system costs depend on your supplier and the customizations required to solve your application, such as the size, magnification, and type of illumination. Choose a video measuring system supplier who understands your business’s needs and offers quality control solutions to properly solve your application. VISIONx, Inc. strives to provide our customers with cost-effective inspection equipment with the best technology available. We’ll work with you to choose equipment, customize it to match industry-specific requirements, and check in with you to make sure your video measuring system continues to function as expected. Our Application Support is able to assist with recommendations for improvement, future reconfigurations, and solving new applications with the same system.

Contact us with your application details to learn more about the VisionGauge® Standalone Inspection and Measurement System.

VisionGauge® Standalone Inspection and Measurement Systems

500 Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator Training – September 26th-27th, 2017

500 Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator Training Class
September 26th & 27th, 2017
(9 am to 4 pm on both days)


500-series VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator training

A VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator 500 Series training class will be held at VISIONx’s facility (Pointe-Claire, Canada) September 26th & 27th, 2017.

The class will start with a short refresher of VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator basics and will quickly move on to a review of the latest software enhancements and then onto more advanced topics, including automated programs.

This is a very hands-on class and – as always – we are very happy to look into the specific challenges of your real-world applications with you.

The training will be in English. There is no charge for current VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator users and lunch is provided on both days. Participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging and other expenses.

Email info@visionxinc.com to sign up, or if you have questions, want for information about nearby hotels, assistance with travel arrangements, etc…
Sign-up closes on September 8th at 5 pm (Eastern Time zone).