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Carl Zeiss introduces new multi application sensor system

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Carl Zeiss  Industrial Metrology now offers a completely new multi-sensor platform for the PRISMO und ACCURA coordinate measuring machines.

Various contact and optical sensors can be used for automatic measuring runs without expensive upgrades. This clearly expands the range of applications and ensures that these measuring machines will also fulfill future requirements.

Rainer Ohnheiser, President and CEO of Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology sees MASS as the reason to invest: “It enables users of our premium products, the PRISMO and ACCURA lines, to change between optical and contact procedures during a measuring run. Additionally and this is new, users can even exchange the entire probing system on these machines.”

“As a result, all possibilities of dimensional coordinate metrology are available on one machine. The question of a central probe for maximum accuracy with long extensions, or a flexible articulating system with all contact and optical scanning methods is no longer an issue. Everything is available in one machine.”

The PRISMO and ACCURA measuring machines with MASS technology are equipped with a range of sensors that includes the essential technologies needed to inspect geometric features.

For example, operators can exchange the VAST gold central touch probe for an RDS articulating system and thus use all available sensors.

Depending on the application, operators can now decide if they want to perform optical or contact measurements.

MASS focuses on the application during sensor selection. A coordinate measuring machine with MASS can be used for a variety of tasks and can also be adapted to new measuring tasks through additional suitable sensors. MASS practically makes a measuring machine an all-rounder.

Sensors for MASS technology:

The characteristics of certain sensors make them particularly well-suited for specific measuring tasks. This makes the VAST active scanning probe the sensor of choice for precise measurements of the position and form of bores on a gear.

There are also measuring tasks that can practically only be completed with a camera system, such as the measurement of the width and parallelism of narrow bore slots using ViScan.

VAST sensors support the automatic change of the stylus configurations, ensuring that a stylus suitable for the measuring task is selected, also on the RDS articulating probe holder, of course.

The VAST XT gold and VAST gold active scanning sensors are ideal for precise contact measuring tasks.

With the navigator function, these sensors can perform size and position measurements at a scanning speed of up to 300 mm/s. RDS with the VAST passive scanning sensor is ideal when features in many different orientations and angular positions have to be inspected.

The ViScan camera sensor is ideal for small geometries that cannot be measured by contact using three-dimensional scanning sensors.

ViScan is also advantageous on flat workpieces such as printed circuit boards and perforated plates, on which primarily two-dimensional measuring tasks are performed.

The LineScan laser-line triangulation sensor is particularly well-suited for the fast acquisition and form inspection of freeform surfaces.

The ViScan and LineScan optical sensors on ACCURA and PRISMO are used on the RDS articulating probe holder. RDS secures the often necessary perpendicular orientation of the sensor to the surface of the workpiece and thus ensures that the camera image is not distorted and that the measuring result is not falsified.

CALYPSO for everyone:

CALYPSO measuring software supports all sensors, thus enabling automatic measuring runs with contact and/or optical sensors.

CALYPSO features user interfaces to configure and calibrate the widest variety of sensors. The process to measure geometric features can be defined in the object-oriented structure of CALYPSO regardless of the sensor.

The measurement strategy suitable for the feature to be measured defines the sensor. Switching between the different sensors is automatic.

With the sensor-independent measuring run generation and evaluation, the multi-sensor support in CALYPSO is as easy as possible and with the sensor-specific measuring strategy generation as functional as necessary.

Benefits are derived from the efficient cooperation of the sensors. During a measurement, both optical and contact sensors determine the coordinates of spatial points which are consolidated to geometric parameters during an analysis.

The merger of the measuring results from the different sensors in CALYPSO leads to a joint measuring log.

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