VisionGauge® OnLine version 12.63 is available for download.

VisionGauge® OnLine version 12.63, dated September 22nd, 2017, is available for download.


This update adds support for Right- and Left-Increasing Diameter measurements. These new measurement tools may be found in the Program Toolbox – Measurement – Miscellaneous tab. These tools are particularly useful for finding the point on a part where a part’s diameter begins to increase. Users may specify the “Diameter increase criteria” as a (positive) percentage by which the diameter is allowed to increase before the sub-pixel accurate measurement location is returned.

Increasing Horizontal Diameters measurement tool in VisionGauge OnLine
Increasing Horizontal Diameters measurement

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.

VisionGauge® OnLine version 12.52 is available for download.

 

VisionGauge® OnLine version 12.52, dated August 10th, 2017, is available for download.

This update includes the following enhancements:


– The VisionGauge® OnLine Status Box can now be displayed as a floating pop-out window, instead of docked at the bottom of the screen. This allows more vertical space for image display with less cropping on certain systems. The pop-out status box window still receives all program output and measurement results, and it is scrollable up to 5000 lines. Users have the option to save the contents of the Status Box window to a text file or clear the status box to focus only on new results.

To enable the pop-out status box option, access the “Customize – User Interface” menu and select “Display Status Box in a separate window”. Having the status box pop-out window active will also enable a new “Status Box” button on the right side of the screen which opens and closes the window. Data will still be collected in the status box even if it is closed.

Separated Status Box window in VisionGauge OnLine

 

– We’ve added the ability to “Cutout an image portion” in the Program Toolbox’s Image Manipulation tool. Simply specify the Region Of Interest, and also indicate if you want to be working on the raw image or the image with any and all annotations that you might have at runtime. This tool can be useful to automatically save a smaller portion of an image during a program, which reduces the image size. This can make it easier, for example, to email or to bring focus to a specific area of interest in the image.

Program Toolbox - Image Manipulation - Cutout Image Portion operation

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).

VisionGauge® OnLine version 12.38 is available for download

VisionGauge® OnLine version 12.38, dated July 11th 2017, is available for download.

This update includes the following enhancements:


– VisionGauge® Online can now send Pass/Fail results in Character String and Pass/Fail Data Group types to ProLink. Previously only Numerical Data Groups were supported in sending results to ProLink. Please note that no tolerance information sent (this can be set directly in ProLink, if needed), and the results will appear as Pass with a value of 1 and Fail with a value of 0.

 

– In the “Program Toolbox – Statistics” step settings, users now have the option to modify the DDE-to-Excel settings for a specific data group. This allows for more advanced reporting capabilities to Excel during the operation of a program.

Program Toolbox - Statistics - Modify DDE to Excel settings

 

– In the “Program Toolbox – Motion Control” step, when “Set Position” is selected as the operation, users may now choose if setting the new stage position will affect the positions of existing datums. This option has no effect on datums that are created or overwritten after the “Set” operation.

Program Toolbox - Motion - Set Position Update Existing Datums option

VisionGauge® OnLine version 12.32 is available for download

VisionGauge® OnLine version 12.32, dated June 27th 2017, is available for download.

This update includes the following enhancements:


– When the Settings Toolbox “Apply Motion Control Parameters” button is checked when setting the parameters, the current motion control convergence criteria (for all of the axes) is also saved (along with the velocities, etc…). Then, when that button is pressed, the current motion control convergence criteria is set to the ones that were saved…

Settings Toolbox - Apply Motion Control Parameters

 

– The maximum number of datums has been increased to 500.

 

– String variables have been increased in length. Each string variable can now hold up to 256 characters

 

– The Program Toolbox – “Text String” step operation can now output the date and time to a Character String Data Group during a program.

 

– VisionGauge Online now outputs the tolerances specified for a measurement to ProLink. Also, a “Source” and “Extra” field are able to be output for each measurement. The Source field is usually used as a ‘machine source’ fixed id, and the Extra field can be used for additional data about the measurement. Numerical variables, string variables, or a user-specified fixed string can be selected as the content for these fields in the main menu “Customize – Data Transfer – Prolink” menu item.

Customize Data Transfer to ProLink

– We’ve carried out some enhancements to the “Presence Verification” mode of the software’s CAD Auto Pass/Fail tool to improve performance.

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.