Software Release Has CMM Feature for Widespread Compatibility
Verisurf 2018 has a universal CMM option that makes it compatible with legacy systems and portable units.
Universal CMM is a key option to the new Verisurf 2018 software as it insures software compatibility with virtually all CNC coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). All CMMs, including previously closed legacy systems, are now open to Verisurf users. Universal CMM does not require controller upgrades or added software, the legacy CMM data is translated, enabling the operator to take full advantage of the Verisurf user interface, data management and reporting functionality. Verisurf says that this enables legacy CMMs to immediately become relevant as part of an overall measurement strategy.
Universal CMM communicates between Verisurf’s standards-based I++ protocol and CMM controllers, enabling seamless interoperability between hardware and software. CMM operators avoid any risk associated with adopting new technology because with Universal CMM, they can continue to use legacy inspection programs if needed yet still enjoy the benefits of using Verisurf. Inspection programs created in Verisurf for a CMM can also be used on portable systems. Human and technology resource utilization improves substantially when all measuring devices can be operated with the same metrology software and skill sets; the result is a manufacturing ‘enterprise-wide’ measurement solution.
When shops run Verisurf 2018 Software with Universal CMM compatibility across all their measuring devices, newly added performance and productivity features of the software become available to everyone, including added programming shortcuts, Report Manager, an increase in I++ CMM probing speed and a Windows interface.
Added productivity features include feature recognition, which enables any CAD feature to be selected and immediately added to an inspection plan; quick measurement of torus shapes for parts such as O-rings; the ability to use the probe shaft for measuring thin edges, such as sheet metal; and improved mesh editing and added mesh Boolean controls for combining and dissecting meshes with intersecting geometry.
Verisurf says that management reporting is a key deliverable and says that added features in 2018 make producing and delivering reports quicker and easier. Dynamic Datum Reference Frame (DRF) enables the user to create datum alignments in the report manager using measured features; Auto DRF is accessed through the Report Manager Speed Menu and quickly sets up the most common reports utilizing single data reference frames; New drag and drop custom report builder is ideal for creating reports for measurement projects.
Feature and Analysis objects have been synchronized for smooth, fast execution, using Verisurf VDI 3.43.18 or newer. Verisurf says that this delivers an exponential increase in automatic probing speeds, reducing inspection time. The Verisurf User Interface (UI) continues to evolve in alignment with Windows standards. Easy-to-read icons and enhanced “tool tips” streamline workflows and make applications easy to navigate and learn.
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