New Digital Optical Comparator article in Quality Magazine – Medical Device Insepection

The VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator is featured in August 2017’s Quality Magazine in an article titled “Digital Advancements for Shop Floor Inspection of Medical Devices.” The article discusses the difficulties in the measurement and inspection of medical parts, such as orthopedic implants and medical instruments, and the current solutions different types of VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparators can offer to meet these challenges.

The article is presently available for download in .pdf format in our Publications section. Our Applications section also contains more information about how the VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator can be used for Medical Device and Orthopedic Implant Manufacturing applications.

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).

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.

Click to view this application note as a downloadable .pdf.

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: Digital Advancements for Shop Floor Inspection of Medical Devices (August 2017)

Currently available to download in pdf format pdf

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

Also 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