New CAD tools from Methods Machine Tools support VISIONx noncontact metrology instrument

Methods Machine Tools offers new CAD Auto-Align and Auto Pass/Fail software tools for the VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator system from VISIONx.

New CAD tools from Methods Machine Tools support VISIONx noncontact metrology instrument
New CAD tools from Methods Machine Tools support VISIONx noncontact metrology instrument

Methods Machine Tools offers new CAD Auto-Align and Auto Pass/Fail software tools for the VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator system from VISIONx. The Auto-Align tool automatically aligns the CAD data to the part. The tool typically takes less than 2 s to produce its result. It supports both X-Y and X-Y-Rotation alignment of the CAD drawing to the part. The Auto Pass/Fail tool automatically determines in real time if a part is within tolerance. It can be point-based or can consider complete geometric entities, and can perform both simultaneously on the same part.
Methods Machine Tools Inc. (distrib.)
Sudbury, MA, USA

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CAD Auto-Align and Auto Pass/Fail Tools Now Offered on the VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator (Patents Pending)

Sudbury MA, USA - - Methods Machine Tools, Inc. has announced new CAD Auto-Align and Auto Pass/Fail software tools for the VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator System (Patents Pending), developed by VISIONx INC.

These innovative tools represent a breakthrough in noncontact comparative measuring technology, allowing users to compare a part to its CAD data in real-time, completely automatically - an industry first.

The Auto-Align tool automatically aligns the CAD data to the part.The tool typically takes less than two seconds to produce its result and its operation is very straightforward. The Auto-Align tool produces repeatable and accurate results that are completely operator-independent. It supports both X-Y and X-Y-Rotation alignment of the CAD drawing to the part.

The VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator's powerful Auto-Align tool allows users to drastically reduce inspection times and obtain increased accuracy. It can line the CAD drawing up to the part along one or multiple datums, or it can do an overall "best fit" alignment.

The VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator's powerful Auto Pass/Fail tool automatically determines, very accurately and in real-time, if a part is within tolerance.

The Auto Pass/Fail tool can be point-based or can consider complete geometric entities, and it can perform both simultaneously on the same part. In point-based mode,the part's deviation from nominal is evaluated at precise user-specified cross-sections to verify that the part is within tolerance at all of these locations.

The geometry-based Auto Pass/Fail tool verifies that the part is within tolerance over complete geometric entities. The Auto Pass/Fail tool supports bi-directional tolerances and imposes no restrictions on the tolerance values.

This means that tolerances can be either the standard "plus/minus" tolerances, as well as "minus/minus" or "plus/plus" tolerances.

"We are very excited about the release of these new CAD Auto-Align and Auto Pass-Fail tools to enable the fully automated verification of a part against its CAD data.

"These innovative new tools have been extensively validated at key customer sites and all of the early-adopters are delighted with the benefits that these new tools provide," said Mr. Patrick Beauchemin, President of VISIONx INC.

VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparators are a fully-digital drop-in replacement for traditional optical comparators. They work directly with the part's CAD data and don't require any overlays, MylarsTM or templates.

They are available in industry standard 5X, 10X, 20X, 50X and 100X magnifications. Systems are Windows-based and delivered network-ready in shop-floor convenient "rolling cart" configuration.

VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparators are at least ten times more accurate than traditional optical comparators and allow users to achieve a much higher throughput. Furthermore, they can be setup to automatically collect complete electronic documentation and device history.

VISIONx Inc. introduced the VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator in September 2009 and there is now a large installed base of systems in use across a wide range of industries including: medical device and orthopedic manufacturing, aerospace, cutting tool manufacturing, automotive, general machining, and more.

VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparators are distributed throughout North America by Methods Machine Tools, Inc.

Methods Machine Tools, Inc. has been a leading supplier of precision machine tools and accessories for over 50 years, providing installation, parts, service, and training through a network of dealers throughout North America.

VISIONx INC. (Pointe-Claire, Quebec CANADA) (www.visionxinc.com) specializes in automated image, visual inspection and high-accuracy measuring solutions. VISIONx develops, sells and supports software, systems and specialized hardware components for machine vision, image analysis, visual inspection, general detection and metrology.

For more information about Methods Machine Tools and VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparators, please contact: Mr. Steve Bond, national sales manager, Methods Machine Tools, Inc. TEL: (978) 443-5388, FAX: (978) 440-9405, Email: sales@methodsmachine.com.

For over 50 years, Methods has been North America's foremost supplier of leading-edge precision machine tools. Far more than just a sales rep group, our national staff of engineers actually creates specifications and design solutions for innovative metalworking products. Then we work with our machine tool manufacturing partners worldwide to turn those ideas into reality.

Methods Machine Tools Headquarters
65 Union Avenue
Sudbury MA 01776 USA

SOURCE: Methods Machine Tools Inc.

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