Coordinate Measuring Machine offers multi-sensor capability.

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Prismo VARIO offers x, y, z measuring ranges from 27 x 35 x 19 in. to 47 x 165 x 39 in. with accuracy up to ul = 2.0 + L/350, which is guaranteed from 64-79°F. Users can interchangeably replace probes for different measurement requirements. DT Dyna-touch probe permits indexing steps of 2.5° and measuring range of 2 x 360° in any axis of rotation. VASTXT active scanning probe head allows single-point measurement, scanning of form elements, and known and unknown contours.

Original Press Release:

Carl Zeiss IMT Corporation Expands Prismo Series with Multi-Sensor Prismo Vario

MINNEAPOLIS, September 4, 2002 - Carl Zeiss IMT Corporation today
introduced at IMTS '02 (Booth # 4501) a new addition to its Prismo series, the Prismo VARIO coordinate measuring machine (CMM) with multi-sensor capability. Carl Zeiss is offering this multi-sensor CMM in response to inquiries from manufacturers requesting more flexibility in part inspection. With the new Prismo VARIO, users can access a wide range of ZEISS probing technologies for unparalleled flexibility and non-obsolescence in a CMM.

Prismo VARIO models offer x, y, z measuring ranges from 27 x 35 x
19 in. to 47 x 165 x 39 in. With an accuracy of up to ul = 2.0 + L/350 the Prismo VARIO meets the most demanding measuring tasks. The machine's accuracy is guaranteed over a temperature range from 18 to 26°C (64-79°F).

Sensor System

To meet different measurement requirements, users can interchangeably replace probes. The DT Dyna-touch probe offers highly precise single point measurements. The RDS (rotary dynamic sensor) system measures extreme complex geometries. The probe permits indexing steps of 2.5 degrees and a measuring range of 2 x 360 degrees in any axis of rotation.

The versatile VASTXT active scanning probe head allows a variety of probing methods suitable for a wide array of measuring tasks such as fast, single-point measurement, scanning of form elements, known and unknown contours.

With the ViSCAN optical probe the operator can perform optical measuring tasks in all directions.

Prismo VARIO is available with Windows NT-based Calypso CAD software. Calypso can be combined with HOLOS, designed for the measurement of 3D surfaces and DIMENSION, a software designed for reverse engineering tasks.

With the VARIO concept, Carl Zeiss offers scanning, touch-trigger and optical probing on one machine covering an extensive parts spectrum from very small and 2D geometries to large engine blocks.

Carl Zeiss IMT designs and manufactures coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and other industrial metrology equipment. For more information, contact Carl Zeiss IMT Corporation, 6250 Sycamore Lane North, Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369, (800) 752-6181, or visit

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