WEDGE STOP R&R Fixtures new Wedge stop ensures a snug-fit against the part using its downward angle and can keep the part from moving. It can be used in conjunction with the spring wedge clamp and many other components for maintaining consistent contact on the part and not allowing the force of pressure to back off the part. Parts can be secured vertically on the towers using the wedge stops and spring pusher standoff clamp which come in M4. R&R FIXTURES (616) 847-6045 WWW.RRFIXTURES.COM SOFTWARE Bruker Corporation and Digital Surf announced that Bruker Nano Surfaces is offering Vision64 Mapdata analysis and reporting software with its entire line of 3D optical microscope systems. Vision64 Mapis an extension to Bruker’s industry-leading Vision64® instrument control and analysis software, and is based on Digital Surf’s Mountains® Technology software platform. The new software opens up streamlined access to automated reporting of advanced surface measurements in 11 languages, while ensuring compatibility across a wide range of industry norms. Vision64 Map enables more comprehensive 3D surface visualization and analytical data with Bruker 3D optical microscope systems. A complete user workflow is now available, including automated data acquisition and advanced data analysis, followed by powerful data visualization and reporting. Multiple image enhancement tools provide best representation of detailed features of interest. The software is powerful enough to give power users access to advanced, very customizable functions, yet it is easy enough to use for production monitoring on manufacturing floors. For example, users can easily plot measurement results from a number of samples and set upper and lower critical limits for trending analysis and production control. The software also allows users to characterize surfaces in accordance with the latest metrology standards, including ISO, ASME B46.1, DIN, JIS, and their equivalents in other geographic regions of the world. DIGITAL SURF +33 3 81 50 48 00 | WWW.DIGITALSURF.COM SPC SOFTWARE Zontec, Inc., the international developer of Statistical Process Control announced an update to its Synergy 1000™ for the worldwide market. The most noticeable upgrade included in Version 9.0 is the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) dashboard that will allow users to assess, track and analyze factors contributing to production efficiency at a glance. Also, of note in this update are improvements to the application that perform calculating and reporting Availability, Performance Efficiency (PE), Rate of Quality Product (ROQP) and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). Other features that have been enhanced to allow a better user experience include a Modified Auto Note feature that provides more versatility as to what events will trigger an automatic prompt for a user to document assignable cause, corrective action, or other events that take place in the process. Additionally, the ability to define the default number of ID and Note fields applied to newly created Data Tables is included. Defining Pareto categories in a single setup window has also been improved. Automatic email notifications will now include additional details for out-of- control and out-of-specification events. Handy visual enhancements have been added as well. Users will find enhanced toolbar icons within the program and a startup screen when initially launching the application. The ability to add a company logo to Certificate of Analysis Reports helps users to further customize their work. Furthermore, a Pareto Data Entry screen has been incorporated in the Math Calculation function to simplify data entry. Notably, video tutorials are now included with the Synergy 1000 User Manual. Synergy 1000 is scheduled to be available this month. Users currently covered under Zontec’s SynergySPC Annual Service Agreement Plan will automatically receive the Version 9.0 update and documentation at no additional cost. ZONTEC WWW.ZONTECSPC.COM SOFTWARE AICON 3D Systems launches a new version of the software platform BendingStudio. BendingStudio 3.0 offers many new features, which facilitate daily work in bending production. The software platform connects all data and processes around production of bended parts: from production and process planning to manufacturing and quality control. It is the only tool to meet and combine these requirements with emphasis on metrological processes. With the revised control concept, AICON reacts to customer requirements. The software is even clearer structured and easier to handle. The set-up of inspection plans is separated from the measurements. The big advantage: The user sees only the information relevant for his task. The new CAD-WIZARD enables the user to create bending elements for a bending machine from a component’s CAD data in IGES or STEP. Even complex data files can now be processed, and bending data are easily and reliably extracted. Even newcomers can handle this new function: The wizard guides the user through the process step by step. The set-up of new parts is integrated into the application “part editor”. This new arrangement optimizes measurement and analysis. Besides the structural novelties, BendingStudio 3.0 offers extended measurement options. The connected measuring device, like AICON’s TubeInspect or MoveInspect, provides the measurement data, and BendingStudio carries out the analysis of the measured pipe. A wizard guides the user through the single steps of the bending point model. Usually, the analysis is automated. However, the user can step in when needed. Manual intervention is more transparent and graphically supported. In Reverse Engineering, different bending radii can easily be taken account of. Furthermore, BendingStudio offers new options especially for very long and complex pipes with many bending points (e.g. long brake pipes). They can be measured with TubeInspect by overlapping repositioning section by section. The partial measurements are then combined. The user can either delete measurements or change the parameters of the analysis afterwards. If the overall measurement is not successful, new single measurements are added, defective measurements deleted or single measurements re-evaluated with changed parameters. This is especially useful if the part cannot be measured in a single step. It allows for an even more effective workflow, as the part does not have to be completely re-measured. AICON 3D SYSTEMS GMBH +49 (0)531 58 000 75 GUENTER.SUILMANN@AICON.DE AICON 3D SYSTEMS WWW.AICON3D.COM LASER TRACKER AND SOFTWARE Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence launched their latest system software release and a new Ethernet Real Time Feature Pack (RTFP) for the Leica Absolute Tracker AT960 and AT930. This groundbreaking combination delivers the industry’s first 7DOF measurement solution designed to empower Factory of the Future applications such as laser tracker-based machine control and robotic guidance. This technology adds a time dimension to the measurement data acquired by the laser tracker, made possible by interfacing its LMF communications with the new industrial EtherCAT protocol. The laser tracker’s 7DOF measurement capability enables real-time machine control for milling, drilling, grinding, polishing and other processes in a large-scale manufacturing environment. For example, an off-the-shelf 6-axis robot could be deployed with a Leica AT960 laser tracker and Leica T-MAC to precisely measure and correct in real-time the movement of the robot’s end effector for in-place, production operations on the factory floor. The machine control system can be synchronized accordingly and corrections can be applied in real time – even in dynamic robotic setups. Built on the industry-proven EtherCAT protocol, the laser tracker’s RTFP meets the data-delivery requirements of high-end automation applications. It also adds a host of new capabilities such as cyclic data delivery with EtherCAT distributed clock support, several triggering options, and a basic command interface enabling tracker control from non-Windows environments. The new system software supports the RTFP and the recently released Leica Absolute Scanner LAS-20-8 handheld laser scanning solution. In addition to improved Tracker Pilot checks and comps, the software release includes new laser tracker service tools including preventative indicators, recertification reminders, and remote technician access for a higher level of customer support. The RTFP is available as an option with all new orders of the Leica Absolute Tracker AT960 and AT930 models, or as a service retrofit. Both models can also be upgraded to the latest firmware. More information is available through local Hexagon commercial operations and dealers. HEXAGON MANUFACTURING INTELLIGENCE WWW.HEXAGON.COM SOFTWARE InnovMetric Software Inc. announces the launch of PolyWorks® 2016, the latest release of the company’s universal 3D metrology software platform. PolyWorks 2016 fully supports probing and laser scanning on stationary CNC CMMs, and delivers a truly universal 3D metrology workflow that will allow users to operate any type of portable metrology and CNC CMM measurement device within a common framework, from a single software module, and using similar tools and methods. With PolyWorks 2016, portable metrology and CNC CMM operators are now able to: • Define a measurement plan without being physically connected to a specific measurement device; • Specify geometry controls on measurement objects and prepare inspection reports; • Connect to a non-contact or a contact- based portable metrology device, or to a CNC CMM controller (from Hexagon, Mitutoyo, Nikon, Pantec, Wenzel, and I++ servers), to play the measurement sequence; • Review measured object geometry controls and reports, or multipiece inspection results through the built-in SPC functionality. Operating portable metrology and CNC CMM devices within a common framework is now possible with the introduction of two new major components in PolyWorks 2016: the measurement sequence editor and the offline simulation. Since 2012, PolyWorks has offered the powerful Play Inspection tool that automatically generates a step-by-step guided measurement sequence to capture 3D datasets of a new piece using portable metrology devices. PolyWorks 2016 expands the capabilities of the Play Inspection technology by allowing the customization of its automatically generated sequence. Using the new sequence editor, users can now: • Configure the order of measurement operations; • Control device position moves; • Trigger CMM-specific operations, such as moving the probe head to a specific location or changing the orientation of a measurement tool; • Easily add guidance messages and images; • Create conditional blocks of operations; • Insert macro scripts, opening up unlimited process customization possibilities. PolyWorks 2016 also delivers a new easy-to-use offline simulation functionality that automatically generates simulated point cloud data and probed points from a CAD model of the measured part, while going through a simulated measurement workflow. Offline simulation allows users to quickly create simulated measured object components, Data alignments, Data color maps, geometry control tables, 3D scene snapshots, and inspection reports before the real measurement task, without needing access to a measurement device. The PolyWorks 2016 offline simulation also fully supports CNC CMMs, allowing users to control the probing and laser scanning tool orientations and trajectories on a virtual device. Thanks to the universal 3-D metrology architecture of PolyWorks 2016, only minimal changes will need to be made to a PolyWorks inspection project so that it can be used with multiple hardware platforms to optimize object measurement methodologies and adapt them to different measurement principles. As a result, PolyWorks 2016 opens a new era for universal inspection projects and device interoperability, ensuring total flexibility for customers to select the appropriate measurement devices for their needs and maximize the return on their 3-D metrology investments. INNOVMETRIC (888) 688-2061 INFO@INNOVMETRIC.COM WWW.INNOVMETRIC.COM
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