Digital Optical Comparator Offers 5-Axis Inspection

Methods Machine Tools offers the 700 Series VisionGauge digital optical comparator developed by Visionx Inc., which features five axes of motion (X, Y, Z, rotary and tilt) for quick, accurate inspection of virtually all sides and angles of a part.

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Methods Machine Tools offers the 700 Series VisionGauge digital optical comparator developed by Visionx Inc., which features five axes of motion (X, Y, Z, rotary and tilt) for quick, accurate inspection of virtually all sides and angles of a part.

Well-suited for automatic inspection of parts with complex geometries, the inspection system also can be useful in checking EDM or laser-drilled holes. “Adaptive” software locates features of interest on different surfaces with varying reflectivity and viewing angles.

The system is available in a high-resolution 20× magnification and features a 38" diagonal image viewing area. Travels of 12" are standard on the X, Y, and Z axes. All-LED illumination offers stable, repeatable, multi-angle and multi-quadrant lighting conditions via a programmable, computer-controlled system.  The system also comes with flexible and general-purpose reflected illumination.

The VisionGauge is a fully digital drop-in replacement for traditional optical comparators. It works directly with a part’s CAD data and does not require overlays, Mylars or templates. Systems are Windows-based and delivered network-ready in a convenient “rolling cart” configuration. The systems are available in vertical and horizontal configurations.

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