WHITE LIGHT SOLUTION Hexagon Metrology announced the release of WLS qFLASH, a compact white light solution (WLS) that utilizes state-of-the-art blue light technology, for industrial measurement applications.The new Hexagon Metrology WLS qFLASH is a non-contact, stereo vision system used to quickly capture 3-D measurements on the shop floor. The portable solution creates reports and digitizes acquired data on the spot for analysis or direct CAD comparison. Handheld or used on a mobile pedestal, the overall optical head design is smaller, lighter, and easier-to-handle in limited or confined industrial spaces. The new WLS qFLASH is ideal for measuring aerospace components, automotive plastic parts or interiors, closures, aluminum and metal castings, as well as medium sheet metal parts, molds and dies. The qFLASH stereo-vision technology enables fast image acquisition at an average of 10 milliseconds for constant measurement workflow. Shiny objects and surfaces can be measured without treatment. A random pattern is projected on a part, captured by the cameras, and analyzed at subpixel level, finding the differences in gray levels. Using the three cameras for triangulation, a 3D point cloud is reconstructed.Combined with 2D image analysis and propriety algorithms, the WLS qFLASH can extract closed features and edge points/lines without any post processing, such as STL generation, in a robust and repeatable process. HEXAGON METROLOGY | WWW.HEXAGONMETROLOGY.US SOFTWARE CGTech is now shipping version 7. 3 of VERICUT® CNC machine simulation and optimization software.VERICUT 7.3 features many enhancements that significantly improve performance thereby simplifying manufacturing engineers’ ability to simulate the CNC programming and machining process. Changes to how users interact with VERICUT further improve VERICUT’s workflow, and are a direct result of CGTech’s philosophy of continuous product improvement. The VERICUT user interface is very customizable. In version 7.3, the first thing a user will notice is the all-new icons, available in multiple sizes. There are also several user-selectable color themes, and every window and icon can be optionally displayed or hidden. Version 7.3 performance is now 5-10x (or more) faster when the NC program moves the simulated machine into potential collision conditions. A significant in-house development effort produced enhancements to VERICUT’s industry leading collision algorithms, removing the need to adjust complex machine models to improve performance. CGTECH | (949) 753-1050 | INFO@CGTECH.COM | WWW.CGTECH.COM CALIPER Mitutoyo America’s AOS Absolute Digimatic Caliper line with exclusive Advanced Onsite Sensor (AOS) technology offers improved measurement dependability by increasing resistance to harsh workshop conditions. The new electromagnetic inductive sensor repels dirt, oil and water that can cause false readings. The Absolute (ABS) sensor eliminates the necessity of setting the reference when the tool is powered. An ergonomic slider design and increased battery life (3.5 years under normal operations) rounds out the new features of this line. These new calipers offer enhancements to Mitutoyo’s 500 series ABS Caliper models and data output models are fully compatible with existing Mitutoyo Digimatic peripherals (SPC Cables, U-Wave wireless transmitters, Data Hold Unit, DP1-VR, etc.). Large 9mm LCD display and low battery alarm are available on all models.Carbide jaws are available on select models for rough machined workpieces, castings, grindstones, etc. All new Mitutoyo AOS Absolute Digimatic Caliper models will be introduced with the same pricing as the current 500 series ABS Caliper models. MITUTOYO AMERICA CORPORATION (630) 820-9666 INFO@MITUTOYO.COM WWW.MITUTOYO.COM HANDHELD LED STROBOSCOPES The ESL-200 and ESL- 200T are super bright, rechargeable, LED stroboscopes designed to measure and observe rotating, reciprocating and linear motion in a variety of production, quality control and academic applications. They generate extremely bright light relative to their compact size. • Solid-state Power LEDs generate intense bright light, are long-lasting and drift free • Brightness: ESL-200, 350 lux @ 60” ESL-200T, 900 lux @ 60” • Rugged metal housing, compact size, ergonomic design • Auto wide measuring range – up to 150,000 fpm/rpm • Adjustable flash duration for sharper images • Store 9 flash rates in memory for both FPM and Hz for quick retests • Push button operation with x2 and ÷2 buttons for quick adjustment • Phase shift 0°~359° in 1° increments with external trigger • Tripod mountable IMADA, INC. (847) 562-0834 IMADA@IMADA.COM WWW.IMADA.COM GAGE Renishaw’s Equator comparative gauging system now includes new process monitoring software that displays measurement results of inspected features, as well as the measurement history of each feature, instantly via a monitoring window added to the shop-floor user interface. The intuitive Organizer frontend software works with Renishaw’s comprehensive MODUS™ program to allow operators to manage the re-mastering process based on temperature limits, number of parts or time since the last master. Operators can configure the system to set extra warning limits on part features, beyond the pass/fail tolerance limits already set by the inspection program, allowing them to take action before a process reaches 100 percent of tolerance. The bar graph turns orange at the warning limit and if the pass/fail tolerance is exceeded, the bar turns red and re-mastering is enforced with an on-screen message to the operator. One of Equator’s key strengths is that it can operate in factories with wide temperature variation, due to its ability to cope with changes in shop-floor temperature by employing the traditional method of comparing production parts to a reference master part and re-zeroing the system with an inspection routine on the master part. RENISHAW, INC. (847) 286-9953 JEFFREY.SELIGA@RENISHAW.COM WWW.RENISHAW.COM/GAGING. VIDEO MEASURING SYSTEM Nikon Metrology announces two new CNC Video Measuring Systems, the iNEXIV VMA-4540V and 4540. These products offer a wide field of view, easy operation, and allow the measurement of both large and tall mechanical parts. INEXIV CNC Video Measuring Systems automatically inspect the dimensions of a variety of precision equipment and electric parts, using optical measuring and image processing technologies.By precisely detecting the edges of the sample using CCD camera images and data processing, the measurement of complex sample shapes is possible. The cost–effective VMA-4540V/4540 is an addition to the iNEXIV series. It offers a larger measurement stroke than the iNEXIV VMA-2520. While The VMA-4540V offers video measurement only, the VMA-4540 additionally provides optional touch probe measurement. The large 450 x 400 x 200 mm stage stroke supports the high-speed measurement of large printed substrates and tall plastic-injection-molded parts, and the mass inspection of multiple parts simultaneously, resulting in a significant reduction in inspection costs. NIKON METROLOGY, INC. (810) 220-4314 MARKETING.NM-US@NIKON.COM WWW.NIKONMETROLOGY.COM DIGITAL FORCE GAGE Easy-to-use menus in eight languages make programming simple.The electro luminescent EL display shows force value, unit, and peak, and can be programmed with user-selectable data. Color-coded LED indicators alert users to Go/No Go conditions.Process and transmit 2,000 actual data per second, not just peak data from a high sampling rate. ZTA gauges display force and displacement data when connected to Imada test stands equipped with the FA option.Optional Force Recorder data acquisition software processes up to 2,000 data per second and creates force vs. displacement profile graphs. ZTA gauges also save peak and continuous data to USB flash drives in CSV format. The included ZT Logger data acquisition software downloads data from gauge memory or captures continuous data. Control the gauge functions and programming from the software. Other features include: • Ergonomic design with non-slip grips and heavy duty metal construction • Capacity up to 1,100 lbs (push/pull) • Overload capacity 200% of F.S. • USB (virtual COM port), RS-232C, Digimatic and Analog outputs • lbf, kgf, and N units are selectable • 1,000 data memory for recall or download • External switch display hold and clear • Internal Ni-MH batteries or AC adapter • Real time and peak mode (selectable) • Overload alarm and output signal • Kit includes, full set of attachments, ZT Logger data acquisition software, USB cable, AC adapter/charger, calibration cert traceable to NIST and carrying case IMADA, INC. (847) 562-0834 IMADA@IMADA.COM WWW.IMADA.COM SOFTWARE Synchrono® has launched its SyncView™ software. SyncView is a real-time visual factory information system that provides everyone—from operations to the extended supply chain and from the shop floor to the top floor—with a dynamic view of what is happening at every stage of the manufacturing process. Employing SyncView, manufacturers can: • Provide organization-wide visibility for faster problem solving and operational effectiveness • Generate real-time alerts with escalation and action plans • Easily configure for enterprise, plant, role-, work cell- and machine-based views • Make better decisions—faster—at the operational and strategic levels SYNCHRONO WWW.SYNCHRONO.COM. LAMP The latest magnification lamp model in the ProVue line from Aven, Inc. features 3X magnification (8 diopter) and fluorescent illumination. The 22-watt circular bulb provides broad, cool, shadow-free light for precision assembly, inspection or design. The five-inch glass lens provides 360-degree undistorted viewing, and a 45-inch spring balanced arm allows a wide range of stationary positioning. The ProVue 8D has a white metal housing, mounting clamp and five-foot power cord.Replacement bulbs, a 3 diopter auxiliary lens and a 5 diopter swing-away lens are available as options. Five other ProVue choices include lower-magnification models and LED illumination, including ultraviolet lighting. AVEN (734) 973-0099 WWW.AVENTOOLS.COM SOFTWARE KnowWare International has added two more templates to its QI Macros for Excel software. QI Macros works with Excel to draw Lean Six Sigma charts and graphs. One new template is the Defect Tracking Matrix that allows the user to track and analyze defects by date and/or time. The second template, the TRIZ template allows the user to use TRIZ principles to identify specific problems, abstract the problem into a general problem, and find a solution to the general problem, then customize the solution to fit the specific problem. In addition to these two new templates, QI Macros has added upgrades to “remember and apply” chart formats (enhancement made in November, 2013), an enhancement to its Sample Size Calculator (enhancement made in October,2013) , and added a Fixed Limit Chart to the Control Charts. Jay Arthur is the author of Lean Six Sigma Demystified, Lean Six Sigma for Hospitals, the Lean Six Sigma System, and the QI Macros SPC Software for Excel. The QI Macros SPC Software contains 40+ charts and over 90+ fill-in-the-blank templates that simplify Lean Six Sigma complexities. QI Macros SPC Software for Excel work with Excel versions 2000-2013. KNOWWARE INTERNATIONAL (888) 468-1537 WWW.QIMACROS.COM WWW.QIMACROS.COM/QI-MACROS/EXCEL-SPC-SOFTWARE/
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