VisionGauge® OnLine version 14.09 is available for download

 

VisionGauge® OnLine version 14.09, dated April 14th, 2020, is available for download.

 

The following enhancements are available in the latest version:


A new 2-Point Angle Measurement tool has been added to VisionGauge® OnLine, allowing the user to define a line by 2 points and measure the angle of the line from horizontal or vertical.

2-point angle from horizontal and vertical
2-point angle measurement mode

Angle measurements in VisionGauge® OnLine are also now able to specify the direction of the angle over which to measure (Clockwise or Counter-Clockwise). This intuitive, new angle measurement option can be used as an alternative way to determine exactly which angle is measured in both 2-point and 4-point angle measurements – in manual measurement mode and automated programs. The tool returns the included angle in the direction indicated between the user-specified line 1 and line 2. The result can be between 0 – 180 degrees or 180 – 360 degrees, depending on the needs of the application.

Angular Direction measurement - Clockwise or Counter-Clockwise
Angular Direction measurement option

 


The Motion Control Settings now have an option to specify a particular Settings Toolbox button to load before starting homing operations when starting VisionGauge® OnLine. With this option, the homing procedure will use the motion control parameters saved in this button every time, instead of the last used settings on shutdown of the software.

Motion Control Settings - Settings Toolbox option

We have added a new DDE topic item, “PassFailReason,” to retrieve the Pass/Fail Reason string from a Data Group (if Pass/Fail reversal is enabled). We have also added the ability to request the most recently added value to a VisionGauge® OnLine Data Group for the following DDE items:

CharacterString
PassFail
MeasuredValue
UpperLimit
LowerLimit
Label
Nominal
PassFailReason
 

Previously, DDE requests could only specify the number of the item in the Data Group they wanted to retrieve. Now, by specifying ‘0’ as the target item number, the most recently added value in the Data Group will be returned.

For example, the DDE string VisionGaugeOnline|DataGroup!’2 MeasuredValue 0′ will now return the most recently added “Measured Value” from Data Group #2.

 

VisionGauge® OnLine version 13.99 and VisionGauge® version 10.91 are available for download.

 

VisionGauge® OnLine version 13.99, dated February 24th, 2020, is available for download.

 

The following enhancements have been made over the last few update versions:


VisionGauge® OnLine users may now specify the type of image that can be collected in a Data Group. Either the ‘raw’ image (without annotations or measurements) or the ‘displayed’ image (with measurements and ROIs) can be stored in a Data Group. It could be particularly useful to view the displayed image from a measurement if the Data Group shows a ‘Fail’ for a certain result to see inspect what went wrong.

Data Group options - Collecting results images

 


VisionGauge® OnLine’s IO Monitoring/Conditions feature allows users to a) configure specific output channels on which to output a signal when a certain condition is met during a operation of the software and to b) select an input channel to monitor for a signal to perform a specific action in the software.

When both Input Monitoring and Output Conditions are combined, VisionGauge® OnLine can be remotely automated by a robot or a controller that issues commands to the software. The Remote Program Communications feature was originally developed for communication by commands sent through TCP/IP or over a COM port, but this IO Monitoring/Conditions update allows either simplified automation using exclusively Digital IO’s or expands upon the existing Remote Program Communication feature-set with additional command/verification methods.

Input Monitoring allows digital input channels to be periodically scanned for a signal. When the target channel is activated, the software will perform specific actions. VisionGauge® OnLine presently supports the following Input signal monitoring actions:

  • Loading a program
  • Starting a program
  • Stopping a program
  • Pausing a program
  • Clearing Program Errors (when operating in ‘Silent Mode’)
  • Stop/Prevent Stage Motion
  • Check VisionGauge® OnLine Software Active Status (make sure the software is still alive and responding)
Input Monitoring - VisionGauge OnLine

Output Conditions allow the user to configure digital output channels to be activated when certain conditions are met during software operation. VisionGauge® OnLine presently supports outputting a signal when the following conditions are met or actions are performed:

  • Program is Loaded and Ready to Run
  • Program is Running
  • Program is Paused
  • Program Error
  • Silent Mode is Enabled
  • Program is Completed
  • Program Result (Pass/Fail)
  • In-Position (Stage is at a certain position)
Output Conditions - VisionGauge OnLine

It is possible to reserve output channels so programs and operators cannot accidentally output on those channels.

A new quick access button, accessible from the “Customize – User Interface” menu, also allows Input Monitoring and Output Conditions to be started or stopped by an operator.

Full documentation to describe how to use these input and output signals to work remotely (e.g. via a cell controller), is available.

 


VisionGauge® OnLine programs can take advantage of our True Position measurement tool. Our approach to True Position allows a user to define a Nominal feature whose position is compared to the Actual occurrence of that feature. Features are defined using datums that have been set in previous program steps. Nominal features can be defined using either Cartesian or Polar coordinates, which is convenient for different types of applications. Nominal features can also be offset using Basic Dimensions in the current measurement units.

VisionGauge® Online presently supports Cylindrical (point location) and Non-Circular (line) features of size, and the Nominal tolerance zone is displayed along with the Actual feature location. As with all VisionGauge® Online measurements, results, including a Pass/Fail result, can be output to Data Groups and other reporting options.

True Position measurement for Cylindrical Features of Size
True Position measurement for Non-Circluar Features of Size

Follow the link for more information about our True Position measurement software tool.


This update also adds support for Laser Angle Correction – to address the situation where a system’s lasers for measurements are not perfectly at 45 degrees with the stage.


Various fixes, performance enhancements, and improvements in memory management.

 

 


VisionGauge® version 10.91 is available for download.

This update includes support for a newer USB computer controlled illumination module, fully compatible with Windows 10.

 

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.

 

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

 

VisionGauge® OnLine version 13.38 is available for download.

 

VisionGauge® OnLine version 13.38, dated April 25th, 2019, is available for download.

 


 

This update adds greater functionality to working with an overlay position during an automated program:

 

The Image Overlay Settings window has renamed the option to “Set Offset” of the overlay to “Move Overlay Position”.

We have also added the options to “Set Overlay Current Position” and “Output Overlay Current Position”. The Output option requires that you choose which dimension you want to output, the nominal and tolerances on the value, and the Output options (to which Data Group the data will be sent, any label information, etc.). This new Output option could be useful to determine by how much an overlay has shifted, for example, after a Auto-Align procedure.

Program Toolbox - Image Overlay Settings

 


 

This update also contains a significant performance improvement that will reduce latency and “waits” at many points during the system’s operation. Specifically, we have enhanced the software to optimize runtime performance, so that when the software is started up it pre-calculates a number of (long-to-compute) coefficients and then re-uses them (instead of re-computing them) when they are required.

The performance improvements that a user will obtain vary depending on the specific system configuration (typically multi-mag systems will benefit most) and also depending on how the system is used (typically, users that frequently switch back-and-forth between manual operation and automated programs should see the greatest benefit from these performance optimizations).

However, it’s worth noting that these are quite “core” performance enhancements and the system should feel “snappier” for almost all users.

 


 

Also in this update, we have restructured and greatly improved how ProLink software is used with VisionGauge® OnLine.

This update introduces the “Output on Command” mode, which is now an option to the default “Real-Time” mode. Real-Time mode sends all data sent to a Data Group to ProLink immediately. Output on Command mode allows a user to accumulate data to a file before sending a command to output all that data to ProLink at once. This helps ProLink group the data for a part and avoids ‘deleted points’ from being inserted in places where ProLink would expect data to exist that did not come in with a file.

Customize Data Transfer to ProLink

Also, “Source” and “Extra” data that are sent with a measurement have been relocated to the measurement specific options. Previously these were defined for the entire ‘machine’, but they are now able to be defined for each measurement. In addition, “Note” data can now be sent with each measurement to better relay information about a measurement in ProLink. As before with Source and Extra data, Notes can be defined as user-selected text, or String/Numeric variables.

In addition, we made outputting results to ProLink using manual measurements easier by adding the possibility to output results directly from Data Groups. Data for a part can be accumulated in Data Groups and output all at once to ProLink when it is ready. This allows the possibility to change labels and ensure all manual measurements are correct before output.

Data Groups - Direct Output to ProLink database

The complete documentation for setting up and using ProLink software with VisionGauge® OnLine may be found here.

 

VisionGauge® OnLine version 13.26 is available for download.

 

VisionGauge® OnLine version 13.26, dated February 23rd, 2019, is available for download.

 

The following enhancements have been made over the last few update versions:

 


We’ve included support to define many manual measurements using datums. This means the results of other manual measurements or specifically saved datums can be used during definition of other manual measurements.

 

Measurements in the General tab that support being defined by datums are:

  • Point-to-Point Distance
  • Horizontal Distance
  • Vertical Distance
  • Distance between Arbitrary Parallel Lines
  • Point-based Radius
  • Point-based Diameter
  • 3-Point Angle
  • 4-Point Angle

 

Measurements in the Marker to Marker tab that support being defined by datums are:

  • Center of Circle
  • Line Midpoint
  • Point of Intersection Of Two Lines
  • Orthogonal to Line
  • Closest Point on a Midline

 


The Program Toolbox Statistics & Data Groups step has been modified to allow the user to define a directory path when saving the contents of a Data Group to file and using a String Variable as the file name. Select the “Browse” button to choose any file in the target directory, and the directory path will be used when saving the Data Group with the selected String Variable as the file name.

Program Toolbox - Statistics & Data Groups - Save a Data Group to file dialog
Program Toolbox – Statistics & Data Groups – Save a Data Group to file

 


We’ve added a Roll Pin Distance measurement tool which is useful for many different types of inspections, including:

  • root forms of blades
  • root forms of disk slots
  • gear teeth
  • thread teeth
  • etc.

This new tool is very easy to setup and use and is extremely accurate & repeatable. Roll Pin distance measurements can be found in the Miscellaneous tab of both the manual measurement mode and the Program Toolbox Measurement step for fully-automated measurements.

 

Roll Pin Distance measurement in VisionGauge® Online
Roll Pin Distance measurement

 

Roll pin distance measurement from a datum line
Roll pin distance measurement from a datum line

 

More information about the Roll Pin Distance measurement will be posted soon.

 


We have included some DXF format radius charts in VisionGauge® OnLine’s \LiveImageOverlays\DXF sub-directory. Operators of traditional optical comparators will already be very familiar these charts, and they could be very useful in certain instances with the VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator (for example: when inspecting short-arc radii).

DXF format Radius Chart
DXF format Radius Chart in VisionGauge® OnLine

 


This update also adds password protection for several options from the Motion Control window, including the Set Zero, Set, Output, Home All buttons, the Coordinate System, Zero on Center Point, Skew menu items, and the individual axis zero buttons.

The Security Manager can allow operator access to these items in the Motion Control window if the option is checked. Otherwise the user will be prompted to enter the password when trying to access these items.

VisionGauge® OnLine's Security Manager dialog
VisionGauge® OnLine’s Security Manager

 


We have added an option to apply 5-axis transforms and corrections to manual move operations (“Go All” moves from the Motion Control Toolbox). Previously, 5-axis transforms and corrections were only able to be applied during a program.

This update applies exclusively to our 700-series 5-axis Inspection and Measurement Systems. These new options can be found in the “Motion Control – Settings – Transforms – 5-Axis Transform Settings” menu. 5-Axis Corrections, 5-Axis Transforms, and the Fixture Center of Rotation Offset Corrections may be applied to manual “Go All” operations by selecting the appropriate checkbox.

When this option is selected, any coordinates that are entered directly into the “Go To” section of the Motion Control Toolbox will be transformed with the current corrections and transforms, and the stage will move to that transformed position. The “Current Position” / DRO in the Motion Control Toolbox will show the actual position of the encoders following the stage move (the transformed position).

Please note that while the 5-Axis Tranforms “Fixture Height” and polarity settings are saved with a program and may be changed by loading different motion programs into the Program Toolbox, the option to apply these transforms and corrections to manual operations is machine dependent and saves with other VisionGauge® OnLine setting files.

Applying VisionGauge® Online 5-Axis Transforms and Correction to manual operations dialog
Applying VisionGauge® Online 5-Axis Transforms and Correction to manual operations

 


During the setup of Control Sections for overlays, users can now use the Select mode to choose a Control Section they would like to edit, remove, etc. Simply click Select, the using the mouse, choose the control section from the overlay.

Selecting specific Control Sections to modify during overlay setup
Selecting specific Control Sections to modify during overlay setup

 


The procedure for writing ‘carryover’ settings has been modified to permit automatic correction in the case of incomplete shutdown procedures. If an incomplete shutdown procedure is detected, VisionGauge® Online will advise you and automatically try to repair the startup settings.