American Machinist

CMM capabilities in a copier-like format.(Technology Trends)

A 2D VIDEO CMM IS TURNING THE world of standard video measuring upside down. Built along the lines of a photocopying machine, the Flatscope, from Werth America Inc., Orchard Park, N.Y., puts a camera underneath, rather than above, the CMM table. Operators simply place a part in the work area and start the program; the Flatscope automatically scans the part.

The system has a window built into its table. Operators place a part onto this window and close the cover, which provides profile illumination. The CCD camera and optics are below the glass, and a light ring underneath provides surface illumination for the measurement of features where transmitted light is not possible. …

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