X-axis Model XAM-1 Measuring Microscope

September 01, 2015

The X-axis Model XAM-1 measuring microscope introduced by Titan Tool Supply Inc. reportedly provides optimal flexibility, speed and accuracy for routine measurements. Enhanced with various accessories and options, the new XAM-1 offers a low-cost alternative to more expensive measuring instruments such as an optical comparator, standard toolmaker's microscope, or a video measuring system, the company states. It is designed for a wide range of quality control measurements including printed circuit boards, electrical circuits, small plastic-molded parts, miniature machined parts, and other applications.

The portable Titan Tool XAM-1 is a unique measuring microscope because it is not limited by magnification, field of view, or a calibrated reticle for its measuring capacity, according to Titan Tool. It can be placed over any workpiece to measure from point A to point B or any intermediate point along a straight line within the field of view. Measurements are taken by the microscope moving on a precision dovetail slide actuated by a control knob on a digital micrometer. Movement is read on a precision digital micrometer in divisions of 0.00005" or 0.001mm. Standard magnification is 40X using a 10X eyepiece and 4X objective lens; however, magnification capability ranges up to 400X as five optional objectives are available (from 2X to 20X) along with an optional 20X eyepiece. Field of view at 40X is 0.402". Working distance is 0.910". Resolution is 161 lines/mm. A simple cross hair reticle is optionally available to replace the calibrated reticle.

The new XAM-1 can be converted to video by replacing the eyepiece with a "C" mount video adapter and replacing the fiberoptic illuminator with a fiberoptic light ring. For enhanced illumination, an optional 150W halogen light source is used in conjunction with bifurcated 18" light guides. Also available is Titan's Lux Pro LED Fiberoptic Illuminator which exceeds the brightness of a 150-watt halogen bulb and eliminates frequent replacement of lamps with a maintenance-free bulb life up to 50,000 hours.

Because the new Model XAM-1 sits directly over the workpiece to be measured, it will not disturb machine set-up and can be used where it is not feasible to bring the work piece to the measuring tool, as is necessary for an optical comparator or toolmaker's microscope, the company states. Construction of the stand of the new XAM-1 is modular, allowing the legs to be removed in favor of a vertical post for special applications.

Related Glossary Terms

  • micrometer


    A precision instrument with a spindle moved by a finely threaded screw that is used for measuring thickness and short lengths.

  • quality assurance ( quality control)

    quality assurance ( quality control)

    Terms denoting a formal program for monitoring product quality. The denotations are the same, but QC typically connotes a more traditional postmachining inspection system, while QA implies a more comprehensive approach, with emphasis on “total quality,” broad quality principles, statistical process control and other statistical methods.


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