New Min/Max Tool for Automatic Part Alignment – Application Note

The VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator’s new “Min/Max” software tool is the perfect solution for automatically aligning a part using a rotary stage. The tool can be setup to rotate the part and find the position that either minimizes or maximizes a dimension.

Common examples include the following:

Rotary stage and workholding for turnkey runout measurement application.
Rotary stage and workholding for turnkey runout measurement application.
In this case, the Min/Max tool is used to align the flats on the part perfectly horizontally, completely automatically

 

Automatic alignment of a turbine blade fir tree
Automatic alignment of a turbine blade fir tree

 

With this new Min/Max tool, it’s extremely easy to setup an automated routine for the alignment of any kind of part. Also, results are extremely repeatable. This advanced tool uses high-order interpolation for very accurate subsampling. This means that the position of best alignment can be found very accurately, at any orientation (not just at the sampled orientations).

This new tool is completely integrated with all of the VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator’s other tools so that all of its results can easily be recoded, transmitted, databased, sent to Excel™ or any other data capture application, put in a report, etc…

This new Min/Max tool further increases the wide range of applications that can easily and reliably be solved using the VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator.

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New Horizontal Configuration for 400 Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparators

400 Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparators are now available in a horizontal configuration. These systems are state-of-the-art inspection and measurement systems in a compact desktop format. The systems feature a large measurement envelope (up to 12″ x 12″), 3 manual stages (X, Y, and Z), high-resolution precision optics, X/Y 0.25 micron resolution encoders, VisionGauge® OnLine software, and much more.

The 400 Series VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator with manual stage motion in horizontal configuration.
The 400 Series VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator with manual stage motion in horizontal configuration.

Note that you can obtain an updated product brochure (with specifications, etc) in .pdf format.

Publications

The VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator has been featured in a number of different publications.

Quality Magazine: Automatic Inspection of Industrial and Gas Turbine Parts (November 2016)

Currently available to download in pdf format pdf

Modern Machine Shop: Larger Digital Comparator Model with Trunnion-Table Design (July 2016)

Also available to download in pdf format pdf

Aerospace & Defense Technology: Digital Optical Comparator (February 2016)

Also available to download in pdf format pdf

Manufacturing Engineering – Aerospace & Defense 2015 Yearbook: A New Paradigm for Holes Inspection (September 2015)

Also available to download in pdf format pdf

Today’s Medical Developments: Digital Optical Comparators Improve Manufacturing (May 2015)

Also available to download in pdf format pdf

Quality Magazine: Optical Measurement: When & Why? (April 2015)

Quality Digest: Automatic Five-Axis Inspection of Aerospace Components (February 2015)

Also available to download in pdf format pdf

Aerospace Manufacturing & Design (AMD) Magazine: Automatic 5-axis Inspection of Drilled Components (October 2014)

Also available to download in pdf format pdf

Quality Magazine: The Digital Optical Comparator Advances (October 2013)

Also available to download in pdf format pdf

Manufacturing Engineering: Comparing Noncontact Measurement Approaches (November 2011)

Modern Machine Shop: Sizing Up The Digital Optical Comparator (September 2011)

Also available to download in pdf format pdf

CNC West – QA & Fabrication: First Digital Optical Comparator (December 2010)

Canadian Metalworking: Technology Spotlight: Digital Optical Comparator (August 2010)

Quality Digest: The Revolution in Optical Comparators (February 2010)

NASA Tech Briefs: Vision Advances Improve Optical Inspection (August 2008)

Publications featuring the VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator