THE LATEST PRODUCT TO HELP YOU IMPROVE YOUR MANUFACTURING PROCESS BUEHLER ECOMET 30 GRINDER POLISHERS Buehler is introducing the EcoMet 30 Semi- Automatic and Manual Grinder and Polisher for use in heat treat, automotive, aerospace, and electronic laboratory environments where fast reliable results are required in production environments. Quality control and lab technicians now have a choice of more robust semi-automatic or manual grinder polisher with the power to perform in high sample, high use environments. The EcoMet 30 Semi-Automatic provides simple operation for grinding and polishing with an ergonomic base that is easy to clean. Constructed from solid cast aluminum, the EcoMet 30 range is designed for maximum robustness and reliability in the most challenging of environments. The EcoMet 30 Manual provides simple operation and includes a splash guard, ergonomic design and low bowl height for better control and comfort. The straight drain, removable bowl liner and quick remove platen make daily maintenance a breeze. The EcoMet 30 semi-automatic version includes a user-friendly touchscreen interface, with all functions on the front screen without complicated menus. The pneumatic polishing head also has an easy load specimen holder and swing-out head to maximize efficiencies of use. BUEHLER | (847) 295-65000 | WWW.BUEHLER.COM ANTON PAAR TOSCA™ ANALYSIS FOR INDUSTRIAL AFM Following the recent launch of the Tosca™ 400 atomic force microscope, Anton Paar is announcing the launch of Tosca™ analysis software, based on Digital Surf’s Mountains® surface analysis technology. Specially designed for industrial users, the Tosca™ 400 comes with ToscaTM Control software for operating the AFM. Add to that new Tosca™ analysis software and users now have a complete solution for complex nano-surface analysis in a wide variety of application areas including characterization of semiconductor properties and investigation of polymer chains. Main features include: • Real-time 3D multi-channel imaging with overlays • Characterization of surface texture using the latest 3D parameters defined in the ISO 25178 standard • State-of-the-art geometry & morphology analysis at the nanoscale including height of grains and motifs, volume of surface structures (bumps, holes), step heights etc. • Powerful automation features for demanding applications including critical dimensioning & statistics • Co-localization of surface data from other analyses for correlative analysis e.g. Raman chemical maps Available in 11 different languages, Tosca™ analysis software comes with a user-friendly ribbon interface and contextual tabs with intuitive icon-based tools. The interactive workflow allows full metrologicial traceability and easy fine-tuning at any time. Generating surface analysis reports in Excel, PDF and Word-compatible RTF formats has never been easier. Additionally, automation tools help speed up production (for example analysis routines can be saved as templates and re-applied to batches.) ANTON PAAR DIGITAL SURF WWW.DIGITALSURF.COM WWW.ANTON-PAAR.COM MACOLA SOFTWARE ERP AND BUSINESS SOFTWARE Macola Software unveiled Macola 10.6, the newest release of its ERP and business software. Targeted at the mobile user, Macola 10.6 delivers an improved user experience and deeper functionality across multiple devices, especially tablets that are favored by manufacturing and wholesale distribution companies. It’s designed to empower users to access key data wherever they work, with real-time insight into inventory and shop floor information while increasing efficiencies through reduced data entry and faster searches. Macola 10.6 offers more than 120 enhancements and updates that help to advance Macola’s main principles: visibility and control of enterprise processes; configurable views into real-time data; integration between business functions; and accessibility at any time and on any device. The key features and benefits of Macola 10.6 include: • Faster order entry, billing and fulfillment – Enhancements have been added to the order entry module that empower users to more rapidly create orders, wherever they are, on whatever device. Orders can then be fast tracked for immediate invoice processing. Data can be located faster, with the addition of new order entry tabs, and greater detail can be viewed on mobile devices. This allows users to get in and out of the application quickly, minimizing application navigation times. • Simplified order tracking – A progress bar has been added to the top of every order to provide order statuses at-aglance, increasing the speed to deliver answers to customers. • Improved inventory management – A new tab has been added to show serial/lot information pertaining to an individual item. • Simplified API – Macola 10.6 continues to build upon the REST API architecture introduced into version 10.5, featuring an enhanced mobile-first user interface (UI) with an improved user experience (UX) across multiple devices— especially tablets. MACOLA SOFTWARE | WWW.MACOLA.COM CREAFORM VXELEMENTS 3D SOFTWARE VERSION 6.1 Creaform announced the release of VXelements 6.1, the latest version of its 3D software platform and application suite that includes VXmodel and VXinspect. With performance improvements to its dimensional inspection and reverse engineering software modules, users will have an improved user experience and unmatched synergy between the software and the company’s portable metrology solutions. Major enhancements include: VXinspect – Dimensional inspection software module • Advanced alignment tools: In line with the previous VXelements release, Creaform further improves alignment capabilities by seamlessly integrating geometric counterpart concepts when needed. Completely intelligent, the software deploys its powerful algorithms to build the right alignment when the situation requires it, even if end users are not expert in geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T). • New snapshot tool: A new optimized workflow is available, highlighting a strong commitment to software synergy with all Creaform portable 3D scanners (including the HandySCAN 3D). VXmodel – Scan-to-CAD software module • Edit boundaries: The new boundary edition will enable users to boost their performance. The improved functionality will enable them to get cleaner boundaries and to fit them into 2D entities for more appealing and authentic results. • Cross sections and cut mesh by plane: Major improvements to the cross-section and cut mesh by plane functionality provide users with the optimum creation workflow. Additional improvements are now applied in the 3D viewer, making interaction with the software and the user experience even better. VXelements 6.1 is available for download as of December 4th. CREAFORM | WWW.CREAFORM3D.COM MITUTOYO AMERICA 2D QUICK IMAGE QI-C SERIES Mitutoyo America Corporation announced the release of the Quick Image CNC (QI-C), the latest addition in the Quick Image Series of 2D vision measuring systems. The Quick Image series of telecentric lens-based 2D video inspection systems has expanded the lineup to include three new models with a moving stage. Combined with the moving stage, the QIPAK software now includes an image stitching function. The small footprint and ergonomic design are well suited for a variety of inspection tasks, both in the lab and on the shop floor. For larger workpieces, the combination of the moving stage and image stitching allows for entire coverage of the measuring envelope, creating a single stitched image on which edge detection can be applied. QIPAK software creates inspection routines, part programs and repeat measurements using a single mouse click. The telecentric all-in-focus optics is suited for shafts, stampings, plastics, electronics and other difficultto- focus workpieces. The QI-C Series features a wide field of view (32 x 24 mm), depth of focus (up to ±11mm), fully motorized X-Y stage and the latest QIPAK software, providing the user with automated measurements throughout the range of stage travel. The telecentric optical system, combined with the image stitching capability of QIPAK V6.1, allows fully automated wide-area measurements. The QI-C Series is available with 0.2X optical magnification, measuring accuracy of (3.5 + 0.2L)μm, and measuring range options of 200 x 100mm, 200 x 170mm and 300 x170mm. Measurement results are displayed in real time directly on the video image, enabling tolerance judgments at a glance. With improved measurement accuracy, Quick Image ensures classleading quality and capability. High-luminance with the built-in LED lighting, and megapixel color camera enable observation and measurement using high-resolution images. MITUTOYO AMERICA CORPORATION (630) 820-9666 | WWW.MITUTOYO.COM MARPOSS COMPACT MONITORING SYSTEMS FOR FORMING PROCESSES Marposs has announced the availability of its Brankamp X1 and X3 in-process monitoring systems for cold and hot forming, thread rolling and stamping operations. These all-in-one units provide real-time monitoring of machine parameters, helping to immediately identify manufacturing faults as well as part or tool variations. This capability enables manufacturers to optimize machine efficiency, improve part quality, and limit unplanned downtime and tooling costs. The systems work in the following manner. Sensors are placed in the right positions to convert energy into electrical signals that monitor tool and machine performances related to the forces applied. From these sensors, the systems learn the normal limits of the process. The control unit then observes the signals of each cycle and compares it with the stored curve. When the signal moves outside of the envelope curve, the formed part is sorted out or the machine is stopped. The X1 and X3 systems provide economical solutions for this type of monitoring, providing eight channels for sensor signals and four others as zoom channels for detailed monitoring of specific, sensitive process areas. For example, the sensor signals are displayed as maximum forces, envelope curves and trend progressions. These additional inputs can monitor things such as distorted parts or a wire feed stop. The X1 is operated by a 7-inch touch screen and the X3s by a 9-inch touch screen with an intuitive operator interface. Each system allows for the type of machine to be monitored. In addition to the multi-channel display, the systems have various analysis functions, e.g. automatic recording of run and set-uptimes or downtimes, as well as different counters and storage media to ensure repeatability of the various processes. MARPOSS (248) 370-0404 WWW.MARPOSS.COM OLYMPUS NORTEC® 600D HEAT EXCHANGER TUBING INSPECTION KIT Highly portable and simple to use, the new NORTEC 600D heat exchanger inspection kit enables a single user to inspect ferrous, non-ferrous, finned and un-finned tubing with a system that is easy to use and requires minimal training. This new kit based on the 3.7-pound (1.7 kg) NORTEC 600 eddy current flaw detector offers a convenient alternative to inspections that rely on larger, heavier equipment. Now, users can quickly detect corrosion, pitting, cracks, wear and erosion in various types of exchangers, including: • HVAC • Condensers and evaporators • Feedwater heaters • Carbon steel or ferromagnetic tubing heat exchangers • Nonferromagnetic tubing exchangers The kit utilizes the field-proven NORTEC 600D flaw detector and has all the features necessary for inspectors to do their jobs. The instrument is easy to place anywhere in the work environment; the stand can serve as a carry handle, hook or support. The rechargeable battery keeps the flaw detector working for a full 10 hours and swapping batteries takes only seconds. With an intuitive, simple interface and presets for each application, users can learn the system in a matter of hours and easily adjust parameters to quickly obtain ready signals and do their jobs faster. The instrument’s automatic mixing capabilities are used to detect defects located close to supports. To measure the depth of defects, real-time phase and amplitude readings help users be confident in their assessment without having to draw reference angle marks on the screen. The other component of this inspection solution is a new tube probe adaptor kit that enables operators to continue using their existing MS5800 probes while providing hands-free functionality. The kit features adaptors for eddy current (ECT) probes (regular bobbin probes and air conditioner probes), remote field (RFT) probes (single and dual exciter), and near field (NFT) probes. Most competitive eddy current bobbin probes with a 4-pin Amphenol® connector are also compatible. The kit can also read tube probe signals in either differential or absolute mode, making it easier for users to detect tubing service defects, such as corrosion, localized pitting, wear, and, in some cases, cracks. OLYMPUS | WWW.OLYMPUS-IMS.COM
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