Digital Optical Comparator automatically verifies part-to-CAD data in real time.

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CAD Auto-Align and Auto Pass/Fail software tools for the VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator (Patents Pending) offer real-time, automatic comparison of part-to-CAD data. Auto-Align tool supports both X-Y and X-Y-Rotation alignment of CAD drawing to part and takes less than 2 seconds to produce results. Auto Pass/Fail tool, designed to determine if part is within tolerance, can be point-based or can consider complete geometric entities.



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VISIONx Inc. Introduces Industry's First Fully Automated Part-To-CAD Verification



VISIONx Releases the Groundbreaking CAD Auto-Align and Auto Pass/Fail Tools for the VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator (Patents Pending).

POINTE-CLAIRE, QUEBEC, CANADA. - VISIONx Inc., a leading supplier of advanced visual inspection and high-accuracy measurement systems, has announced that they have released the new CAD Auto-Align and Auto Pass/Fail software tools for their VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator (Patents Pending) system. These innovative new tools represent a breakthrough in noncontact comparative measuring technology. They allow users to compare a part to its CAD data in real-time, completely automatically, which is 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. The Auto-Align tool supports both X-Y and X-Y-Rotation alignment of the CAD drawing to the part.

The VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator's( www.visionxinc.com )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 either point-based or it can consider complete geometric entities. 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. And the geometry-based Auto Pass/Fail tool verifies that the part is within tolerance over complete geometric entities. Point-based and geometry-based Auto Pass/Fail evaluations can be carried out simultaneously on the same part.

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.

Combining the CAD Auto-Align and Auto Pass/Fail tools enables the VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator to carry out fully automate part inspections.

"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, Mylars(TM) 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 much 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 many others...

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

Methods Machine Tools, Inc. (Sudbury, MA. U.S.A.) 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. Methods also supplies Zeiss Metrology equipment, including a wide range of measuring machines for shop-floor and production applications.

VISIONx Inc. specializes in automated image, visual inspection and high-accuracy measurement solutions. VISIONx develops, sells and supports software, systems and specialized hardware components for machine vision, image analysis, visual inspection, general defect detection and metrology.

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