Keyence has announced an enhancement to its dimensional measurement system, which it says now delivers greater speed, accuracy, and ease of use.
The new model, IM-8000, now has a rotary unit, which allows for 360-degree measurement capability on both turned and machined parts. It is also fitted with a 20-megapixel CMOS Sensor and a new algorithm for stable edge detection. Lastly, the screen is larger and features enhanced resolution.
In addition to standard measurements, such as OD/ID, length, and angle, the IM-8000 can perform a range of new measurements, including symmetry, plane measurements, flatness, cylindricity, coaxiality, and run-out while delivering data visualizations, including roundness graphs. This makes it suitable for parts with complex geometries, according to Keyence. Finally, the integrated probes can also measure features at specific heights or act as an automated height gauge.
Attributes of the IM-8000 include:
Speed: Able to measure more than 300 dimensions per program, the system starts to measure automatically, as soon as the object is placed on the stage, which now moves at up to 80mm/s. Dimensional measurements can be achieved in as little as 1 second, and up to 100 parts can be measured simultaneously, reducing measurement time.
Accuracy: The camera now has an accuracy of +/-2μm; this camera and the wide field camera can be used together in a single program.
Ease of Use: According to Keyence, no experience is required to operate the system, which requires the operator to place a component and push a button. Measurement points are automatically identified, meaning consistent measurement results are obtained each time, regardless of the operator, according to the company.
No positioning or fixture set-up is needed. Measurements can be set up with a few clicks, as can virtual lines and points. All of the specified dimensions can then be measured at the touch of a button, with focus automatically adjusted.
Program files can be located on the system by placing the QR code from the inspection report on the stage. This ensures correct file selection even in the presence of multiple similar parts.
Available options include a calibrated scale to allow users to perform their own verifications. Keyence customers also receive regular software updates and after-sales support. Leasing options are also available.
For more information, visit https://www.keyence.ca/Optical-Comparator-4