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.

 

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VisionGauge® OnLine version 13.01 is available for download.

 

VisionGauge® OnLine version 13.01, dated August 16th, 2018, is available for download.


VisionGauge® OnLine has been updated with new measurement tools.

 

We’ve added a new marker-to-marker measurement tool in both manual measurement  mode and the Program Toolbox. The marker is “Orthogonal to a Line Bisecting an Angle”. Users will need to select if the angle type they want to bisect is Actue or Obtuse.

manual measurement mode dialog box
Manual Measurement Mode
Orthogonal to a bisecting angle measurement marker
Orthogonal to a bisecting angle measurement

 

 


We’ve also added four new manual measurement tools in a “Miscellaneous” tab of the Manual Measurement Mode. These tools are “Parallelism”, “Perpendicularity”, “Parallelism of a Midline”, and “Perpendicularity of a Midline”. Each of these measurements are also able to be defined using previously saved datums.

parallelism measurement
Parallelism
Perpendicularity measurement
Perpendicularity
Parallelism of a midline measurement
Parallelism of a midline
Perpendicularity of a midline measurement
Perpendicularity of a midline

And we’ve made a few changes to the Program Toolbox – Measurement user interface with regards to datums. When selecting datums, the edit boxes are now editable. This will be particularly useful for setting up measurements with large numbers of datums.

 

 

Upcoming Shows *Updated*

 

We’ll be exhibiting at two shows over the next couple of months:

 

We will be at MESCPE at the Parma Fairground, Italy (Viale delle Esposizioni 393A‎ – 43126 Parma PR) on March 22-24, 2018. We will be exhibiting with BTT Marko s.r.l. at booth number M43 Pavilion 2.

 

We will also be at the Smart Manufacturing Experience 2018 in Boston, MA at the Boston Convention Center on April 30 – May 2, 2018. We will be exhibiting with Methods Machine at Booth #325.

VisionGauge® OnLine version 12.80 and VisionGauge® version 10.79 are available for download.

 

VisionGauge® OnLine version 12.80, dated January 18th, 2018, is available for download.

VisionGauge® version 10.79, dated January 18th, 2018, is available for download.


Both VisionGauage and VisionGauge OnLine have been updated with the ability to save and recall the last-set camera format settings (e.g. resolution) for DirectX compliant video capture devices. This update also applies to those systems that control multiple DirectX video acquisition devices at once. To change the resolution during a session of either VisionGauge or VisionGauge OnLine, access the “Settings – Image capture device format” menu and set the target resolution. The software will save this resolution and automatically restore it the next time you start the software.

This enhancement for DirectX video capture devices is included starting in VisionGauge OnLine’s current version 12.80 and in VisionGauge’s current version 12.79.


Also included in this update for VisionGauge OnLine is the ability to output a string variable directly to a data group through the Program Toolbox – Text String settings:

Output string variables directly to Data Groups in VisionGauge OnLine.

 

VisionGauge® OnLine version 12.74 is available for download.

VisionGauge® OnLine version 12.74, dated December 20th, 2017, is available for download.


In this update the Auto-Focus tool has been significantly reworked and enhanced. It is now much more general-purpose and produces much more repeatable results in difficult applications (for example: when focusing on portions of the image with very few clear & sharp features or in very-low-contrast applications).

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VisionGauge® OnLine version 12.73 is available for download.

VisionGauge® OnLine version 12.73, dated October 26th, 2017, is available for download.


This update includes several new features:

– Users can specify multiple motorized axes that will retract to either the positive or negative limit switch before the 2D XY Stage Mapping correction is carried out upon startup of VisionGauge® Online. This is particularly useful for systems that may have parts mounted that could collide with the system during the initial homing of the X and Y axes.

To configure this feature, access the Motion Control Toolbox Settings menu and select “Startup”.

Retract axes before homing on startup of VisionGauge OnLine

This window allows you to configure multiple axes that should retract before the X and Y axes begin homing. You can specify whether the axes all retract at the same time or if they retract one by one in the order specified. Each axis will retract to either its positive or negative limit. Users may also choose whether or not each axis returns to its original position after the X and Y axes have completed their homing. If you do choose to return axes to their original positions and the “One at a time” option was chosen for how to “Retract and return axes”, then the axes will return to their original positions in the reverse order that they were specified.

–  Users may now also specify specific data that is sent to ProLink’s QC-Calc along with measurements and results. This data is configured through the usual “Output” setting on Program Toolbox steps, but users now have the option to configure QC-Calc text or numeric data. The data is in the format of 15 ‘Text Factors’ and 15 ‘Numeric Factors’. Users may configure these Factors to be populated by VisionGauge® OnLine Numerical and String variables or user-selected text or numbers. Users must include a label for those Factors that they want to send to QC-Calc. This allows easy storage of serial numbers, part numbers, user ids, or other relevant strings that might need to be stored with the measurement data in QC-Calc.

Output settings for data in VisionGauge OnLine's Program Toolbox
ProLink's QC-Calc data output in VisionGauge Online

 –  In the Program Toolbox – Set Illumination step, we’ve added a button to set the illumination for this step to the current illumination settings. We’ve also delinked these illumination settings in the Program Toolbox from the main Illumination settings of VisionGauge® OnLine:  Making changes to the Program Toolbox Illumination settings will no longer change your current illumination settings for the software. Users can still adjust the illumination from the main Illumination dialog on the live image. This will make setting up illumination in a program more efficient.

Computer Controlled Illumination settings in the Program Toolbox

– Also, for users of Windows 10 and VisionGauge® OnLine, we’ve corrected an issue where the size of the menu fonts may cause the Overlay Toolbox and Measurement Toolbox to display improperly.

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.