Multi-axis option for On-Machine Verification package
A multi-axis option has been added to the On-Machine Verification version of PowerINSPECT inspection software. With this option, companies with 4-, 5- or 6-axis equipment will be able to undertake comprehensive verification of parts on machine tools, both during and after machining.
The main advantage of the new option will be the ability to check any undercuts, without any need for re-positioning the workpiece. Similarly, it will be possible to check inside features that are not accessible from the z direction. For example, a series of holes at different angles could be checked in a single operation. In addition, shorter stylii can be used when checking deeper pockets or walls, by lowering the head of the machine tool towards the job and inclining the stylus towards the surface to be measured.
The OMV version of PowerINSPECT offers all the advantages associated with the releases of the software for use on dedicated inspection equipment. It gives both quick and easy comparison of tooling and sample components against CAD data, and produces clear, comprehensive reports that can be understood by everyone involved in the product development process, not just inspection specialists. The system allows off-line programming of the inspection sequence for the machine tool, with fully-integrated simulation, and so minimises the time taken on the machine for the verification operation.