Zeiss O-Inspect provides high flexibility for individual requirements

The ZEISS O-INSPECT line is expanding and now offers multiple system sizes, configurations and options. The multisensor measuring machine is becoming more customized thanks to new additions, providing a greater selection of machine sizes, configurations and options.

The ZEISS O-INSPECT multisensor measuring machine is becoming more customized and therefore provides even more flexibility for a wide range of applications. Thanks to the new additions to the ZEISS O-INSPECT line, users now have a greater selection of machine sizes, configurations and options. The new ZEISS O-INSPECT models was presented on 5 May 2015 at the Control Show in Stuttgart.
Anyone on the search for a contact-optical measuring machine will now be able to choose from several sizes, load capacities and contact probes. “All this with increased dynamics and the option of adding a chromatic focus sensor at any time. We are thus providing our customers with considerably more flexibility when they select the right system for their specific requirements,” says Christoph Stark, Product Manager at ZEISS.
ZEISS O-INSPECT can be used for a wide range of activities, including the measurement of dental implants, tiny vehicle parts and sensitive smartphone components. For workpieces that are either too small or delicate, or when large quantities have to be measured, users can simply switch on the ZEISS O-INSPECT camera sensor. For 3D characteristics, the benefits of the contact sensor come into play. The chromatic focus sensor closes the gap between the contact and camera sensors.
Due to more stringent requirements on measuring technology, as well as increasingly shorter product cycles, users of ZEISS O-INSPECT are no longer limited to two system sizes: the smallest model measures just 300x200x200 mm, in other words, it has a measuring range of 12 cubic decimeters. The next size up measures 500x400x300 mm or 60 cubic decimeters. ZEISS also offers an XXL model for large or heavy workpieces, or large pallets which hold many parts. It features a measuring range of 800x600x300 mm, or 144 cubic decimeters and is designed to accommodate loads of up to 100 kilograms.
Users also experience great flexibility with the contact sensor. The ZEISS VAST XXT TL1 and ZEISS VAST XXT TL3 scanning probes are available here. The TL1 features minimal measuring forces and is therefore ideal for scanning sensitive workpieces such as components for camera lenses and thin-walled, injection-moulded plastic parts for smartphones. The TL3 can be used flexibly for larger workpieces.
However, not all sensors (white light) were available on both ZEISS O-INSPECT sizes in the past; today they are available for all: for example, the three-point fixture for pallet systems or the chromatic focus sensor, which can also be retrofitted because ZEISS equips all ZEISS O-INSPECT models with the required mount, light guide cable, etc. without any additional costs. “It is a secure investment for companies that want to be prepared for the future,” states Stark. Users who want to measure multiple parts on pallets also benefit from the ZEISS O-INSPECT line.
In addition to numerous customization options, the new ZEISS O-INSPECT product family also features considerably higher dynamics. This applies to both the travel speed in manual operations as well as CNC runs. “The result is a product family that is not only clearly more flexible, but also more productive and thus worth the investment from day one,” emphasizes Christoph Stark.

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