Methods Machine Tools Inc. offers the VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator (Patent Pending) in a vertical configuration. In the vertical configuration, parts are mounted flat on the system's XY stage and the optical axis is vertical (the lens is looking down on the parts). The most appropriate VisionGauge configuration for a given application, either horizontal or vertical, is typically dictated by fixturing and mounting considerations. For example, early adopters of the vertical configuration of the VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator include mobile and smart phone manufacturers, as phones can simply be laid down flat on the vertical configuration's XY stage.
Another application appropriate for the vertical VisionGauge is the inspection of craniomaxillofacial implants in the orthopedics industry — also difficult to fixture in a horizontal system. Standard XY travel for the vertical configuration is 12" x 12" and extended 24" x 24" travel is available as an option. All of the standard options available for the horizontal configuration of the VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator are also available for the vertical configuration.
The list of available options includes: reflected illumination, LASER module for Z-axis measurements, motorized rotary fixtures and a 5th monitor (for automatic recall of related documents such as work instructions, part prints, reports, spreadsheets, etc...). The vertical VisionGauge is available with the same full range of magnifications as the horizontal VisionGauge: 5X, 10X, 20X, 50X and 100X, in either single or multi-mag configurations.